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North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Howard Coble Republican Party
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North Carolina U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

With incumbent Howard Coble not seeking re-election in 2014 -- after being in office since 1985 -- North Carolina's 6th District faced a competitive Republican primary.[1] After fifteen terms with the same incumbent, the 6th District is viewed as a heavily Republican-leaning district. This is further supported by Coble's 21.8 percent margin of victory during his most recent bid for re-election in 2012. Most election rating websites predict that, even with a different candidate, the Republicans will keep this U.S. House seat. For instance, The Cook Political Report rates Coble's open seat as "Solid Republican" and FairVote rates it as "Safe Republican."[2][3]

In the primary election on May 6, 2014, Laura Fjeld easily defeated Bruce Davis for the Democratic nomination. The Republican primary, in contrast, was a highly contested race, with a total of nine candidates vying for the chance to win Coble's seat. This resulted in a July 15 runoff primary between Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker. At first, Berger appeared to have a huge advantage, starting with his influential father, North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger. Berger also received more high-profile endorsements and was ahead in the Republican primary polls. Both candidates were closely matched in campaign contributions and expenditures, though Berger had a slight advantage there as well. Accordingly, Berger had a 9.1 percent lead on Walker in the initial primary election.[4] In the runoff, however, Walker pulled ahead and defeated Berger by 20.2 percent of the vote.[5]

In response to surprised reactions of many who had been following the election, Walker said that Berger's negative ads had hurt him in the eyes of voters, while Walker's grassroots support and interaction with local citizens had carried him to victory.[6][7] Furthermore, Walker raised money almost exclusively from individual donors, and he stated in a speech, "We made a promise 18 months ago that we would run for the Republican primary and we would not take any special interest, any PAC, any lobbyist money, and we haven’t taken a dime."[8] Rather than the typical tea party vs. establishment GOP race, this primary was a contest between local grassroots support and support from PACs and larger organizations. Berger gained support from "tea party groups, big-money political action committees, current Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation, and Coble himself," whereas Walker focused all of his attention on a grassroots effort.[9]

As of their Pre-Primary FEC reports, Democratic nominee Laura Fjeld had significantly more cash on hand than Walker, with $134,504.46 compared to Walker's $11,306.65. Nonetheless, an expensive campaign may not be enough to change the minds of voters in such a strongly Republican district.

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.[10]

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).[11]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Howard Coble (R), who was first elected in 1984. Coble is retiring at the end of his current term.[12]

North Carolina's 6th Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes parts of Guilford, Alamance, Durham, Granville and Orange counties, and all of Caswell, Person, Rockingham, Surry and Stokes counties.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates


July 15 Republican 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[14][15]


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger, Jr. 34.3% 15,127
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 25.2% 11,123
Bruce VonCannon 11.5% 5,055
Zack Matheny 11.4% 5,043
Jeff Phillips 7.9% 3,494
Don Webb 4.3% 1,899
Mike Causey 3.2% 1,427
Kenn Kopf 1.2% 510
Charlie Sutherland 1% 458
Total Votes 44,136
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 60.1% 18,849
Phil Berger, Jr. 39.9% 12,527
Total Votes 31,376
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Fjeld 56.2% 19,066
Bruce Davis 43.8% 14,882
Total Votes 33,948
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Endorsements

Mark Walker

Mark Walker has received the following endorsements:*

* See Walker's campaign website for other endorsements.

Phil Berger, Jr.

Phil Berger, Jr. received the following endorsements:

Polls

Republican Primary Polls

Republican Primary Candidates
Poll Phil Berger, Jr. Mark WalkerBruce VonCannonZack MathenyOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies (April 8-10, 2014)
36%14%6%6%12%26%+/-5.7300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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

Race Background

Ethics violation statement

In a televised debate on July 11, 2014, between Republican primary runoff candidates Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker, Walker claimed, "Just yesterday we were able to find out that the Chief Justice of Ethics of the North Carolina Supreme Court reprimanded him [Berger] for misleading the jury not based on the facts."[38] Walker later apologized for the inaccurate claim, as he had actually been citing a 1935 U.S. Supreme Court case involving a completely different person with the last name of Berger. Walker said that he had been given the information by "a government source in Raleigh."[38]

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.[39] 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.[40] Howard Coble voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[41]

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.[42] 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. Howard Coble voted for HR 2775.[43]

Campaign contributions

Howard Coble

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coble’s reports before he announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014.[44]

Howard Coble (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2013$78,560.42$4,167.79$(45,047.14)$37,681.07
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2013$37,681.07$37,182.02$(36,746.70)$38,116.39
October Quarterly[47]October 14, 2013$38,116.39$44,133.88$(27,340.13)$54,910.14
Year-End Quarterly[48]December 31, 2013$54,910$4,275$(30,656)$28,528
Running totals
$89,758.69$(139,789.97)

Mark Walker

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Walker's reports.[49]

Mark Walker (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2013$0.00$20,762.90$(4,562.90)$16,200.00
July Quarterly[51]July 15, 2013$16,200.00$51,304.30$(33,432.36)$34,071.94
October Quarterly[52]October 14, 2013$34,071.94$21,060.41$(50,273.42)$4,858.93
Year-End[53]January 31, 2014$4,858.93$37,869.27$(33,473.74)$9,254.46
April Quarterly[54]April 11, 2014$9,254.46$72,846.41$(60,473.49)$21,627.38
Pre-Primary[55]April 24, 2014$21,627.38$17,001.00$(27,321.73)$11,306.65
Running totals
$220,844.29$(209,537.64)

Phil Berger, Jr.

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Berger's reports.[56]

Phil Berger, Jr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[57]January 31, 2014$0.00$117,676.00$(3,712.20)$113,963.80
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$113,963.80$108,571.84$(143,159.95)$79,375.69
Pre-Primary[59]April 25, 2014$79,375.69$43,387.99$(65,099.81)$57,663.87
Running totals
$269,635.83$(211,971.96)

Laura Fjeld

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fjeld's reports.[60]

Laura Fjeld (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[61]October 15, 2013$0.00$129,907.89$(33,758.94)$96,148.95
Year-End[62]January 31, 2014$96,148.95$145,275.02$(82,519.79)$158,904.18
April Quarterly[63]April 15, 2014$158,904.18$125,334.30$(80,469.87)$203,768.61
Pre-Primary[64]April 24, 2014$203,768.61$16,286.94$(85,551.09)$134,504.46
Running totals
$416,804.15$(282,299.69)

District history

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2012

The 6th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Howard Coble (R) won re-election. He defeated Tony Foriest (D) in the general election.[65]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tony Foriest 39.1% 142,467
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Coble Incumbent 60.9% 222,116
Total Votes 364,583
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Howard Coble won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Sam Turner in the general election.[66]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Coble incumbent 75.2% 156,252
     Democratic Sam Turner 24.8% 51,507
Total Votes 207,759

Media

Bruce VonCannon released a campaign ad on April 28, 2014, against his opponent in the Republican primary, Phil Berger, Jr.[67]


VonCannon campaign ad criticizing primary opponent


See also

External links

References

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