Kentucky's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kentucky's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ed Whitfield Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Whitfield Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Kentucky U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election, the incumbent was Ed Whitfield (R). He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.[4] He ran unopposed in the primary election. He won re-election in 2012 with almost 70 percent of the vote.

Whitfield remained a prominent Republican figure in the U.S. House of Representatives. He focused his issues on energy policy and finding ways to benefit Kentucky's role in the coal industry. His role in Congress led him to enjoy favorable popularity in his district and further bolstered his re-election. Additionally, the National Association of Manufacturers awarded Whitfield for his work in promoting manufacturing jobs in Kentucky.[5]

Whitfield ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Hatchett ran against Wesley Bolin in the Democratic primary and defeated him by a ten point margin.

Financially, Whitfield maintained over $2.2 million cash-on-hand, more than any other candidate.[6] Cook Political Report states that this district is likely to lean Republican leaving favorable odds for Whitfield.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kentucky is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[10]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Ed Whitfield (R), who was first elected in 1994.

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District is located in western Kentucky and stretches across the southern portion of the state. It includes Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Graves, Calloway, Marshall, Lyon, Livington, Trigg, Caldwell, Crittenden, Christian, Todd, Logan, Simpson, Allen, Monroe, Metcalfe, Adair, Taylor, Marion, Casey, Russell, Clinton, Ohio, Muhlenberg, Hopkins, McLean, Webster, Henderson, Webster and Union counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

General election results

The 1st Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Ed Whitfield (R) defeated challenger Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 73.1% 173,022
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 26.9% 63,596
Total Votes 236,618
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State

Primary results

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Hatchett 55.5% 38,055
Wesley Bolin 44.5% 30,528
Total Votes 68,583
Source: Kentucky State Board of Elections

Key votes

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

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[13] Whitfield joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[16] 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.[17] Ed Whitfield voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Ed Whitfield voted for HR 2775.[20]

Campaign contributions

Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$1,500,185.63$160,812.23$(116,595.46)$1,544,402.40
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$1,544,402.40$417,742.03$(115,125.73)$1,847,018.70
October Quarterly[23]October 13, 2013$1,847,018.70$145,102.17$(205,105.65)$1,787,015.22
Year-end[24]January 31, 2014$1,787,015$204,808$(90,892)$1,900,930
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$1,900,930$284,065$(150,365)$2,034,630
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$2,084,165$207,560$(46,590)$2,245,477
Running totals
$1,420,089.43$(724,673.84)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Ed Whitfield (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 69.6% 199,956
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 30.4% 87,199
Total Votes 287,155
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ed Whitfield won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield incumbent 71.2% 153,840
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 28.8% 62,090
Total Votes 215,930

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. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  5. SurfKY News, "Rep. Ed Whitfield Honored with Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence," October 14, 2014
  6. Federal Election Commission, "Report for Receipts and Disbursements," accessed October 7, 2014
  7. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  10. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Kentucky Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Kentucky Secretary of State Election, "Candidate Filings," accessed January 28, 2014
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013