North Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike McIntyre Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[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 7th Congressional District of North Carolina will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

With Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre not seeking re-election in 2014, North Carolina's 7th District presents an opportunity for the Republican Party to gain a U.S. House seat. In the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney (R) led President Barack Obama (D) in the 7th District by 19 percent, demonstrating that Republicans made up a large portion of the voting population.[4] Although McIntyre has been in office since 1997, he only narrowly defeated David Rouzer (R) in 2012 by 0.2 percent.[5][6] Rouzer is running again in 2014, and is likely to defeat Jonathan Barfield, Jr. (D) and Wesley Casteen (L) in the November general election. The Cook Political Report rates this open seat as "Likely Republican," meaning that Rouzer will most likely face little competition.[7] One factor that gives Rouzer an advantage in this election is the amount of money that he has raised in campaign contributions. As of the Pre-Primary FEC report, Barfield had only $4,317.84 in cash on hand compared with Rouzer's $275,401.71.

Both Rouzer and Barfield faced opposition in the May 6, 2014, primary election, but neither primary was exceptionally competitive.[8]

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.[9]

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

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Mike McIntyre (D), who was first elected in 1996, will retire at the end of his term, leaving the seat open.

North Carolina's 7th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes Robeson, Cumberland, Sampson, Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender and Duplin counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary


Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rouzer 53% 23,010
Woody White 40.1% 17,389
Chris Andrade 6.9% 3,000
Total Votes 43,399
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Barfield, Jr. 58.3% 21,966
Walter Martin 41.7% 15,741
Total Votes 37,707
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Race background

Before announcing that he would not run for re-election, incumbent Mike McIntyre (D), was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[16] The seven targets aligned perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. McIntyre's district ranked as the most Republican (38 percent Democratic).[17]

McIntyre was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[18]

Republican David Rouzer -- who narrowly lost to McIntyre in 2012 -- is again running for election to the seat.[19] The National Republican Congressional Committee added David Rouzer to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[20] In March 2014, Rouzer was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[21]

Key votes

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Neutral/Abstain On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[22][23] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[23] McIntyre did not vote on the resolution.[22][23]

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.[24] 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.[25] Mike McIntyre voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

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.[27] 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. Mike McIntyre voted for HR 2775.[28]

Campaign contributions

David Rouzer

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rouzer's reports.[29]

David Rouzer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 5, 2013$12,708.91$3,981.90$(8,219.18)$8,471.63
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$8,471.63$181,982.14$(22,183.85)$168,269.92
October Quarterly[32]October 11, 2013$168,269.92$91,766.86$(81,612.90)$178,423.88
Year-End[33]January 30, 2014$178,423.88$161,312.11$(44,434.95)$295,301.04
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$295,301.04$293,121.45$(169,602.57)$418,819.92
Pre-Primary[35]April 24, 2014$418,819.92$32,291.19$(175,709.40)$275,401.71
Running totals
$764,455.65$(501,762.85)

Jonathan Barfield, 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 Barfield's reports.[36]

Jonathan Barfield, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 5, 2013$0.00$530.00$(0.00)$530.00
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2013$530.00$2,000.00$(1,820.00)$709.00
October Quarterly[39]October 11, 2013$709.00$400.00$(0.00)$1,105.00
Year-End[40]January 14, 2014$0.00$475.03$(12.86)$462.17
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2014$1,617.69$8,840.03$(6,959.61)$3,498.11
Pre-Primary[42]May 9, 2014$3,498.11$1,380.00$(560.27)$4,317.84
Running totals
$13,625.06$(9,352.74)

Media

David Rouzer

In this campaign ad, David Rouzer blames President Obama for putting the United States "on a path to financial ruin," saying that he wants to "take our country back."[43]


David Rouzer campaign ad[44]

Woody White


Woody White criticizes Republican leaders in the House for siding with the Democrats.[45]

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 7th Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McIntyre Incumbent 50.1% 168,695
     Republican David Rouzer 49.9% 168,041
Total Votes 336,736
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mike McIntyre won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ilario Pantano in the general election.[46]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike McIntyre 53.7% 113,957
     Republican Ilario Gregory Pantano 46.3% 98,328
Total Votes 212,285

See also

External links

References

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