Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Indiana's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Andre Carson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Andre Carson Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

Indiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Andre Carson (D), who was first elected in 2008, defeated challengers Catherine Ping (R) and Chris Mayo (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014. He won re-election in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote.

The Republican and Democratic primaries for this district were highly congested as each party had four or more candidates that ran for the nomination. Carson ran against three other candidates in the Democratic party but won with a largely comfortable lead with almost 90 percent of the votes. Ping however was locked in a more contested race in the Republican primary and faced against four other candidates seeking nomination. The results showed Ping won around 35 percent of the votes with the next closest being Wayne Harmon with 23.4 percent.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Indiana is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters are not required to register with a party, but the ballot they get depends on which party they have voted for most often in the past.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[5]

See also: Indiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Andre Carson (D), who was first elected in 2008.

Indiana's 7th Congressional District is based in the heart of the state, encompassing most of Marion County and Indianapolis.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

General election results

The 7th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Andre Carson (D) defeated challengers Catherine Ping (R) and Chris Mayo (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 54.66% 60,870
     Republican Catherine Ping 41.83% 46,588
     Libertarian Chris Mayo 3.51% 3,908
Total Votes 111,366
Source: Indiana Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Primary results

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 89.1% 19,446
Curtis Godfrey 5.5% 1,209
Mmoja Ajabu 3.6% 782
Pierre Pullins 1.8% 390
Total Votes 21,827
Source: Indiana Division of Elections
U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Ping 35.1% 4,882
Wayne Harmon 23.4% 3,258
J.D. Miniear 20.4% 2,840
Gordon Smith 13.5% 1,872
Erin Magee 7.6% 1,057
Total Votes 13,909
Source: Indiana Division of Elections

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Andre Carson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Andre Carson voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Andre Carson

Andre Carson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$312,476.06$129,834.97$(86,738.98)$355,572.05
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$355,572.05$152,960.39$(56,753.73)$451,778.71
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$451,778.71$110,890.81$(87,017.04)$475,652.48
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$475,652$137,247$(100,354)$512,545
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$512,545$149,568$(83,165)$578,948
Running totals
$680,501.17$(414,028.75)

Brian Fecteau

Brian Fecteau (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[20]October 16, 2013$4,969.04$465.91$(5,423.06)$11.98
Running totals
$465.91$(5,423.06)

Wayne Harmon

Wayne Harmon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$0$196$(196)$1
Running totals
$196$(196)

J.D. Miniear

J.D. Miniear (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Year End[25]January 31, 2014$0$2,101$(2,051)$50
Running totals
$2,101$(2,051)

District history

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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Indiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Andre Carson (D) won re-election. He defeated Carlos May (R) and Mmoja Ajabu (I) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 62.9% 162,122
     Republican Carlos May 37.1% 95,828
     Independent Tim Frye (Write-in) 0% 0
Total Votes 257,950
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Andre Carson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Marvin B. Scott (R) and Dav Wilson (Libertarian) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson incumbent 58.9% 86,011
     Republican Marvin B. Scott 37.8% 55,213
     Libertarian Dav Wilson 3.3% 4,815
Total Votes 146,039

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. Indiana Code, "Section 3-10-1-6," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Indiana Election Division, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Indiana Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 24, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Howey Politics, "Former Seymour Mayor Bailey to challenge Rep. Young in 9th CD," accessed October 1, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Indiana Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidates," accessed January 13, 2014
  9. Gordon Smith for Congress, "Home," accessed January 7, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed March 3, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed March 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed March 3, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed March 3, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013