Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Cassidy 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]

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008. Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would be challenging incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is November 5, 2014.[8][9]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008. Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would be challenging incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[10]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District encompasses southcentral portions of the state. Point Coupee, WBR, EBR, Livingston, St. Helena, E Feldana, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption and Iberville parishes are included in the district.[11]

Candidates

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

Polls

Republican primary

Dietzel (R) v. Claitor (R)
Poll Paul Dietzel (R) Dan Claitor (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
February 24-25, 2014
18%17%65%+/-4.1581
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election

Dietzel (R) v. Edwards (D)
Poll Paul Dietzel (R) Edwin Edwards (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
April 10-12, 2014
48%39%13%+/-3.9621
JMC Analytics and Polling
February 24-25, 2014
43%34%23%+/-4.1581
AVERAGES 45.5% 36.5% 18% +/-4 601
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election candidates
Poll Edwin Edwards (D) Dan Claitor (R)Paul Dietzel (R)Craig McCulloch (R)Garret Graves (R)Cassie Felder (R)Charles "Trey" Thomas (R)Richard Lieberman (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
April 10-12, 2014
32%11%11%1%2%2%0%0%30%+/-3.9621
Glascock Group
March 20, 2014
43%20.3%19.2%4.4%4%3.9%2.6%2.5%0%+/-3.0718
AVERAGES 37.5% 15.65% 15.1% 2.7% 3% 2.95% 1.3% 1.25% 15% +/-3.45 669.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[38] Cassidy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[39][40]

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.[41] 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.[42] Cassidy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[43]

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.[44] 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. Cassidy voted against HR 2775.[45]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Edwin Edwards

Edwin Edwards (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$0$33,171$(5,789)$27,381
Running totals
$33,171$(5,789)

Paul Dietzel

Paul Dietzel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[47]July 15, 2013$0.00$57,148$(3,173)$53,975
October Quarterly[48]October 16, 2013$53,975$60,033$(61,479)$52,529
Year-End[49]January 31, 2014$52,529$85,172$(62,848)$74,853
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$74,853$97,823$(102,988)$69,687
Running totals
$300,176$(230,488)

Cassie Felder

Cassie Felder (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[51]January 31, 2014$0$0$(1,849)$20,073
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$20,073$0$(14,457)$5,615
Running totals
$0$(16,306)

Dan Claitor

Dan Claitor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[53]April 15, 2014$0$158,322$(24,302)$134,020
Running totals
$158,322$(24,302)

Craig McCulloch

Craig McCulloch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2014$133,595$27,015$(106,579)$
Running totals
$27,015$(106,579)

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2014$0$8,685$(7,470)$1,214
Running totals
$8,685$(7,470)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Bill Cassidy (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. and Richard Torregano in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 79.4% 243,553
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig,Jr 10.5% 32,185
     None Richard Torregano 10.1% 30,975
Total Votes 306,713
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bill Cassidy won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. (D) in the general election.[56]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy incumbent 65.6% 138,607
     Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 34.4% 72,577
Total Votes 211,184

See also

External links

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