Kentucky's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kentucky's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Thomas Massie 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 4th Congressional District of Kentucky will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Thomas Massie (R), who was first elected in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the nomination.

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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Thomas Massie (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Kentucky's 4th Congressional District is located in northern Kentucky. It is a long district that follows the Ohio River. Spencer, Shelby, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Harrison, Pendleton, Campbell, Boone, Bracken, Mason, Lewis and Greenup counties are included in the district.[8]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file


Thomas Massie

FreedomWorks endorsed Thomas Massie on March 17, 2014.[11]

Key votes

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

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Nay3.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 voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Massie joined with four other Republicans voting against the lawsuit.[12] All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]


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.[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] Thomas Massie voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Nay3.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. Thomas Massie voted against HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Thomas Massie

Thomas Massie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$123,069.11$91,514.61$(113,313.93)$101,269.79
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$101,269.79$85,489.58$(61,543.50)$125,215.87
October Quarterly[22]October 13, 2013$125,215.87$24,022.62$(36,933.62)$172,304.87
Year-end[23]January 31, 2014$172,304$92,340$(57,831)$206,814
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$206,814$117,139$(67,285)$256,667
Running totals

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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On November 6, 2012, Thomas Massie (R) election to the United States House. He defeated Bill Adkins and David Lewis in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Massie 62.1% 186,036
     Democratic Bill Adkins 35% 104,734
     Independent David Lewis 2.9% 8,674
Total Votes 299,444
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Geoff Davis won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Waltz (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGeoff Davis incumbent 69.5% 151,813
     Democratic John Waltz 30.5% 66,694
Total Votes 218,507

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Kentucky Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  9. Kentucky Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate Filings," accessed January 29, 2014
  10. Politico, "Kentucky House primaries 2014: Rep. Tom Massie may be challenged by Steve Stevens," accessed December 21, 2013
  11. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 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. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013