North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Walter B. Jones Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]


North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of North Carolina will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

After a somewhat competitive Republican primary, incumbent Walter Jones (R) is expected to have an easy ride to re-election in 2014. The Cook Political Report rates Jones' seat as "Solid Republican."[4] Jones has held his seat since 1995, and he won re-election in 2012 by a 26.2 percent margin of victory.[5][6] Jones had also raised $427,738.21 as of his April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, whereas his Democratic opponent, Marshall Adame, had raised only $6,686.

Adame ran uncontested in the Democratic primary on May 6, 2014. Jones, on the other hand, faced a close race against Taylor Griffin for the Republican nomination. Although Jones defeated Griffin by 5.8 percent of the vote, a third candidate, Al Novinec, nearly forced Jones and Griffin into a runoff primary. In order to avoid a runoff, North Carolina law requires the winning candidate to receive at least 50 percent of the vote.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 28, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, and they opened the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.[7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 11, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 10, 2014 (25 days before the day the election).[8]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Walter B. Jones (R), who was first elected in 1994.

North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Currituck, Canderr, Tyrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Pitt, Pamlico, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Carteret, Onslow, Wayne and Duplin counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Jones Incumbent 50.9% 22,616
Taylor Griffin 45.1% 20,024
Al Novinec 4% 1,798
Total Votes 44,438
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Republican primary

The May 6 GOP primary featured a hotly-contested race between incumbent Walter Jones and challenger Taylor Griffin.[14]

As of a week before the primary vote, two national organizations spent over $1 million to support Griffin's challenge against the long-time incumbent:

Ads run by these groups in the district "call[ed] attention to Jones’s isolationist foreign-policy views." One ad said, "Once upon a time, Congressman Walter Jones was a conservative, but he’s changed." It concluded, "Walter Jones was right for North Carolina, but he’s changed. Isn’t it time your vote changed as well?"[15]

The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) was founded in 2010. Its involvement in the 3rd Congressional District primary ballot in North Carolina was its first foray into a Republican primary. According to the group's executive director, "There’s a pro-Israel candidate and a not-pro-Israel candidate, and so we favor the pro-Israel candidate. Jones’s Israel record is a product of his slide over the past several years into the Ron Paul fever swamps, to the point where a few months ago he praised America’s leading 9/11-truther and conspiracy nutcase, Alex Jones. Republicans in his district should know that they have a better option."[15]

Brian Baker, the president of Ending Spending, said, "For us, it was an easy and obvious choice to oppose Mr. Jones. He has voted with President Obama more than any other Republican in the House of Representatives."[15]

Sarah Palin endorsed challenger Griffin, while Ron Paul endorsed incumbent Jones.[16]

Key votes

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. Jones joined with four other Republicans voting against the lawsuit.[17] All Democrats voted against the resolution.[18][19]

Economy

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.[20] 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.[21] Walter Jones voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Walter Jones voted against HR 2775.[24]

Endorsements

North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Walter Jones Taylor Griffin Al Novinec
Republican Liberty Caucus April 15, 2014
Sarah Palin April 29, 2014
Ron Paul May 2, 2014
The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) $165,863 as of May 5, 2014
The Ending Spending Action Fund $350,333 as of May 5, 2014

Campaign contributions

Walter Jones

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jones’ reports.[25]

Walter B. Jones (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2013$98,133.08$78,459.00$(72,061.79)$104,530.29
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$104,530.29$76,907.00$(47,897.18)$133,540.11
October Quarterly[28]October 14, 2013$133,540.11$51,168.74$(77,417.93)$107,290.92
Year-End Quarterly[29]December 31, 2013$107,290$66,543$(46,325)$126,808
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$126,808.34$101,861.40$(70,971.96)$157,697.78
Pre-Primary[31]April 24, 2014$157,697.78$52,799.07$(131,720.65)$78,776.20
Running totals
$427,738.21$(446,394.51)

Marshall Adame

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Adame's reports.[32]

Marshall Adame (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 14, 2014$0.00$2,970.00$(58.00)$2,911.00
April Quarterly[34]April 10, 2014$2,911.59$3,716.00$(3,722.52)$2,905.07
Running totals
$6,686$(3,780.52)

District history

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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Walter B. Jones (R) won re-election. He defeated Erik Anderson (D) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Erik Anderson 36.9% 114,314
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWalter B. Jones Incumbent 63.1% 195,571
Total Votes 309,885
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Walter B. Jones won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Johnny G. Rouse (D) and Darryl Holloman (Libertarian) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 3, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWalter B. Jones incumbent 71.9% 143,225
     Democratic Johnny G. Rouse 25.7% 51,317
     Libertarian Darryl Holloman 2.4% 4,762
Total Votes 199,304

See also

External links

References

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