Ohio's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Jordan 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]


Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

What appeared at first to be an uncontested race toward re-election for Republican incumbent Jim Jordan took a different turn when Janet Garrett decided to run as a write-in candidate in the May 6, 2014, primary election. Although she only needed 50 votes in order to get on the general election ballot, she received a total of 799 votes. Garrett will appear as the Democratic candidate on the ballot in November.[4]

Despite the arrival of Garrett into the race, The Cook Political Report rates Jordan's seat as "Solid Republican," meaning that Jordan is not expected to face a highly competitive race.[5] As of their July Quarterly FEC reports, Jordan had a significant financial advantage over Garrett, with $926,822.43 in cash on hand to Garrett's $11,699.19. Moreover, Jordan has been in office since 2007 and won re-election most recently in 2012 by a safe 21.9 percent margin of victory.[6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Ohio is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until election day, when they request a party's ballot.[7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jim Jordan (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Ohio's 4th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan, Union, Champaign, Marion, Crawford, Senecca, Sandusky, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates

*Garrett ran as a write-in candidate in the primary and received 799 votes, which was enough to put her on the general election ballot.[10]


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.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--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[11] Jordan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] Jim Jordan voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. Jim Jordan voted against HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Jim Jordan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jordan’s reports.[19]

Jim Jordan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]May 3, 2013$1,081,890.46$48,280.80$(72,388.44)$1,057,782.82
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$1,057,782.82$113,475.24$(79,652.77)$1,091,605.29
October Quarterly[22]October 14, 2013$1,091,605.29$126,348.00$(75,125.39)$1,142,827.90
Year-End Quarterly[23]June 11, 2014$1,142,827.90$50,212.00$(77,685.13)$1,115,354.77
April Quarterly[24]June 11, 2014$1,115,354.77$145,955.70$(149,412.05)$1,111,898.42
Pre-Primary[25]June 11, 2014$1,111,898.42$13,095.00$(14,054.21)$1,110,939.21
July Quarterly[26]July 10, 2014$1,110,939.21$117,960.81$(302,077.59)$926,822.43
Running totals
$615,327.55$(770,395.58)

Janet Garrett

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Garrett's reports.[27]

Janet Garrett (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[28]July 14, 2014$0.00$15,078.37$(3,379.18)$11,699.19
Running totals
$15,078.37$(3,379.18)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim Jordan won re-election in the district.[29]

U.S. House, Ohio District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jim Slone 36.5% 114,214
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Jordan Incumbent 58.4% 182,643
     Libertarian Chris Kalla 5.2% 16,141
Total Votes 312,998
Source: Ohio Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim Jordan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Doug Litt and Donald Kissick in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, Ohio District 4, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Jordan incumbent 71.7% 146,029
     Democratic Doug Litt 24.6% 50,053
     Libertarian Donald Kissick 3.8% 7,708
Total Votes 203,790

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. Cleveland.com, "Oberlin's Janet Garrett will be Democratic candidate against Rep. Jim Jordan," accessed July 15, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 14, 2014
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "JORDAN, Jim, (1964 - )," accessed July 15, 2014
  7. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions about General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions About General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
  10. Cleveland.com, "Oberlin's Janet Garrett will be Democratic candidate against Rep. Jim Jordan," accessed July 15, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan summary report," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan April Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan Year-End Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan April Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan Pre-Primary," accessed July 15, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Jordan July Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Janet Garrett 2014 Summary Report," accessed July 15, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Janet Garrett July Quarterly," accessed July 15, 2014
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013