Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Maryland's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election, the incumbent was Chris Van Hollen (D), who was first elected in 2002. He defeated challengers Dave Wallace (R) and third party candidate Andrew Wildman (I) in the general election. Van Hollen faced opposition in the Democratic primary where he defeated challengers George English and Lih Young on June 24, 2014.

Wallace ran unopposed in the Republican primary while Wildman successfully petitioned his spot for the election. Potential Libertarian Party candidate Steven Haddox failed to successfully file his petition.

Financially, Van Hollen had acquired nearly $2 million cash on hand for his election campaign.[4]

He won re-election with 73 percent of the vote in 2010 and 63 percent of the vote in 2012.

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.[5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 3, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[6]

See also: Maryland elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Chris Van Hollen (D), who was first elected in 2002.

Maryland's 8th Congressional District encompasses parts of Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Failed to file petition


Election results

General election results

The 8th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Chris Van Hollen (D) defeated challenger Dave Wallace (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 60.3% 127,260
     Republican Dave Wallace 39.7% 83,711
Total Votes 210,971
Source: Politico 100 percent of precincts reporting. Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 91.3% 60,556
George English 5.8% 3,834
Lih Young 2.9% 1,950
Total Votes 66,340
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

Key votes

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

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.[10] 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.[11] Chris Van Hollen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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.[13] 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. Chris Van Hollen voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Chris Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$1,996,171.25$67,203.75$(422,691.87)$1,640,683.13
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$1,640,683.13$173,809.62$(83,361.67)$1,731,131.08
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$1,731,131.08$74,512.60$(62,083.28)$1,743,560.40
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$1,743,560$100,060$(75,778)$1,767,841
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$1,767,841$129,873$(66,209)$1,831,505
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2014$1,841,994$91,161$(39,001)$1,894,153
Running totals
$636,619.97$(749,124.82)

District history

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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Chris Van Hollen (D) won re-election. He defeated Ken Timmerman (R), Mark Grannis (L) and George Gluck (G) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Chris Van Hollen won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Lee Philips (R), Mark Grannis (L) and Fred Nordhorn (Constitution) in the general election.[22]

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen incumbent 73.3% 153,613
     Republican Michael Lee Philips 25% 52,421
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 1.3% 2,713
     Constitution Fred Nordhorn 0.3% 696
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 224
Total Votes 209,667

See also

External links

References

  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. Federal Election Commission, "Report for Receipts and Disbursements," accessed October 6, 2014
  5. Maryland State Board of Elections Website, "Primary Elections," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Maryland State Board of Elections Website, "Voter Registration Introduction," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Maryland Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Maryland Elections, "Candidate List 2014," accessed August 11, 2014
  9. Dave Wallace for Congress Facebook page, "Info," accessed November 18, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Van Hollen April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Chris Van Hollen July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  21. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Maryland"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013