Maryland's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Maryland's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steny Hoyer Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Maryland will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Steny Hoyer (D), who was first elected in 1981. He faced no primary challenge. He won re-election with 64% of the vote in 2010 and 69% of the vote in 2012.

Three candidates ran for the nomination in the Republican primary--Mark Kenneth Arness, Tom Potter and Chris Chaffee. Chaffee won the nomination and will face off against Steny Hoyer in the general election.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 25, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Maryland is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election and generally close it to all voters except those registered with their party.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 3, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Steny Hoyer (D), who was first elected in 1981.

Maryland's 5th Congressional District encompasses Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, as well as parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.[3]


General election candidates

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Chaffee 41.7% 7,845
Mark Arness 31% 5,833
Tom Potter 27.3% 5,129
Total Votes 18,807
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[6] 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.[7] Steny Hoyer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[9] 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. Steny Hoyer voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Steny Hoyer

Steny Hoyer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$777,032.09$385,020.97$(433,340.63)$728,712.43
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$728,712.43$668,527.27$(511,266.18)$885,973.52
October Quarterly[13]October 13, 2013$885,973.52$473,490.17$(491,537.91)$867,925.78
Year-end[14]January 31, 2014$867,925$495,753$(185,329)$1,178,349
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$1,178,349$427,698$(351,244)$1,254,804
Running totals

District history

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The 5th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Steny Hoyer (D) won re-election. He defeated Anthony O'Donnell (R), Arvin Vohra (L) and Bob Auerbach (G) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Maryland District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteny Hoyer Incumbent 69.4% 238,618
     Republican Anthony O'Donnell 27.7% 95,271
     Libertarian Arvin Vohra 1.3% 4,503
     Green Bob Auerbach 1.5% 5,040
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 388
Total Votes 343,820
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"


On November 2, 2010, Steny Hoyer won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Lollar (R) and H. Gavin Shickle (L) in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Maryland District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteny Hoyer incumbent 64.3% 155,110
     Republican Charles Lollar 34.6% 83,575
     Libertarian Gavin Shickle 1.1% 2,578
     N/A Write-in 0% 120
Total Votes 241,383

See also

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