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North Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Virginia Foxx Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Virginia Foxx (R) was first elected in 2004 and won re-election in 2012 by a 15 percent margin of victory.[1] She was the only candidate in North Carolina's 5th district to have filed her campaign finances with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as of the Pre-Primary report deadline, and with $2,014,974.20 in cash on hand, she held a huge financial advantage over her challengers.

In the primary election on May 6, 2014, Foxx easily defeated Philip Doyle for the Republican nomination. The four Democratic candidates faced a more competitive race, which resulted in a July 15 runoff primary between Josh Brannon and Gardenia Henley.[2] Brannon, who had received the most votes in the initial primary election, also won the runoff.[3] However, in a heavily Republican-leaning district, this Democratic software developer starts out at a disadvantage against Foxx.[4] The Cook Political Report also rates Foxx's seat as "Solid Republican," which means that the race is unlikely to be competitive[5]

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.[6]

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).[7]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Virginia Foxx (R), who was first elected in 2004.

North Carolina's 5th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alexander, Iredell, Davie, Yadkin, Surry, Alleghany, Forsyth, Stokes and Reckingham counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


July 15 Democratic runoff primary

Note: No candidate secured more than 40 percent of the vote in the May 6, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election was held between the top two candidates[9][10]


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx Incumbent 75.4% 49,572
Philip Doyle 24.6% 16,175
Total Votes 65,747
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Brannon 33.1% 8,010
Green check mark transparent.pngGardenia Henley 26.5% 6,417
Michael Holleman 23.2% 5,618
Will Stinson 17.3% 4,189
Total Votes 24,234
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJosh Brannon 65.6% 2,726
Gardenia Henley 34.4% 1,427
Total Votes 4,153
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[12] 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.[13] Virginia Foxx voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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. Virginia Foxx voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Virginia Foxx

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Foxx’s reports.[17]

Virginia Foxx (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$1,455,074.42$93,050.61$(38,558.23)$1,509,566.80
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$1,509,566.80$229,255.62$(56,474.71)$1,682,074.71
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$1,682,074.71$183,741.94$(50,337.09)$1,815,479.56
Year-End Quarterly[21]December 31, 2013$1,815,479$133,035$(51,180)$1,889,635
April Quarterly[22]April 10, 2014$1,889,635.85$156,880.25$(49,723.57)$1,996,792.53
Pre-Primary[23]April 21, 2014$1,996,792.53$25,145.00$(6,963.33)$2,014,974.20
Running totals
$821,108.42$(253,236.93)

District history

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2012

The 5th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Virginia Foxx (R) won re-election. She defeated Elisabeth Motsinger (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 42.5% 148,252
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx Incumbent 57.5% 200,945
Total Votes 349,197
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Virginia Foxx won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Billy Kennedy (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx incumbent 65.9% 140,525
     Democratic Billy Kennedy 34.1% 72,762
Total Votes 213,287

See also

External links

References

  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "FOXX, Virginia Ann, (1943 - )," accessed July 16, 2014
  2. Associated Press, "2014 North Carolina primary results," accessed July 16, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "2014 North Carolina runoff results," accessed July 16, 2014
  4. News & Record, "Josh Brannon to face Virginia Foxx for 5th Congressional District seat," accessed July 16, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 16, 2014
  6. NC Election Connection, "Who Can Vote in Which Elections?" accessed January 3, 2014
  7. North Carolina Center for Voter Education, "Register to Vote in North Carolina," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. North Carolina Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 24, 2012
  9. Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "Everything you need to know about today’s primary in North Carolina," accessed May 7, 2014
  11. Campaign website, "Home," accessed March 5, 2014
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Virginia Foxx Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013