Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Brett Guthrie Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Brett Guthrie 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 2nd Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Brett Guthrie (R), who was first elected in 2008, defeated challenger Ron Leach (D) in the general election.[4] He ran unopposed for the nomination in the Republican primary. He won re-election with 60 percent of the vote in 2012. Leach ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Cook Political Report correctly designated the district as "Solid Republican."[5]

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.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Brett Guthrie (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District is located in west central Kentucky and includes Daviess, Hancock, Breckinridge, Grayson, Butler, Warren, Edmonson, Barren, Hart, Green, Larue, Nelson, Washington, Mercer, Boyle, Garrard, Jessamine, Bulitt, Nelson, Spencer and Meade counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Elections

General election results

The 2nd Congressional District of Kentucky held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Brett Guthrie (R) defeated challenger Ron Leach (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Guthrie Incumbent 69.2% 156,936
     Democratic Ron Leach 30.8% 69,898
Total Votes 226,834
Source: Kentucky Secretary of State

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[12] Guthrie joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Brett Guthrie voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Brett Guthrie voted for HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Brett Guthrie

Ron Leach

Ron Leach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$0$28,301$(21,660)$6,640
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$6,640$10,525$(14,530)$2,635
Year End[27]January 31, 2014$2,635$10,863$(10,937)$2,561
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$2,561$21,810$(11,801)$12,570
Pre-Primary[29]May 8, 2014$12,570$9,409$(14,269)$7,710
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$6,265$10,880$(23,114)$5,531
Running totals
$91,788$(96,311)

District history

Candidate ballot access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Brett Guthrie (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Lynn Williams, Craig Astor, and Andrew R. Beacham in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Guthrie Incumbent 64.3% 181,508
     Democratic David Lynn Williams 31.7% 89,541
     Libertarian Craig Astor 1.7% 4,914
     Independent Andrew R. Beacham 2.2% 6,304
Total Votes 282,267
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Brett Guthrie won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ed Marksberry (D) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrett Guthrie incumbent 67.9% 155,906
     Democratic Ed Marksberry 32.1% 73,749
Total Votes 229,655

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