Ohio's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Robert E. Latta 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 5th Congressional District of Ohio will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Bob Latta holds a safe Republican seat. He has been in office since 2007 and won re-election in 2012 by a safe 18.1 percent margin of victory.[4] The Cook Political Report also rates Latta's seat as "Solid Republican."[5]

All three candidates -- Bob Latta (R), Robert Fry (D) and Eric Eberly (L) -- ran uncontested in their respective primaries on May 6, 2014.[6] As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Latta held a financial advantage over Fry with $447,489.25 in cash on hand to Fry's $7,227.03. Fry, however, is not discouraged. Fry is a pastor and a Vietnam War veteran, and although he is a Democratic candidate, he agrees with conservatives on a few issues. For instance, Fry believes that his support for the Second Amendment and "pro-life" stance toward abortion will appeal to voters in the 5th District.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bob Latta (R), who was first elected in 2007.

Ohio's 5th Congressional District is located in the northwestern corner of the state and includes Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Henry, Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Mercer, Hardin and Wyandot counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic 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.[12] Latta joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Bob Latta voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Bob Latta voted against HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Bob Latta

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Latta’s reports.[20]

Robert E. Latta (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$53,387.58$33,777.54$(23,056.17)$64,108.95
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$64,108.95$155,741.00$(33,927.19)$185,922.76
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$185,922.76$253,880.00$(71,346.30)$368,456.46
Year-End Quarterly[24]December 31, 2014$368,456.00$89,421.00$(34,054.00)$421,322.00
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$421,322.5$105,099.96$(78,933.21)$447,489.25
Running totals
$637,919.5$(241,316.87)

Robert Fry

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fry's reports.[26]

Robert Fry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 9, 2014$0.00$26,610.72$(19,383.69)$7,227.03
Running totals
$26,610.72$(19,383.69)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bob Latta won re-election in the district.[28]

U.S. House, Ohio District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Angela Zimmann 39.2% 137,806
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Latta Incumbent 57.3% 201,514
     Libertarian Eric Eberly 3.6% 12,558
Total Votes 351,878
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Robert Latta won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Caleb Finkenbiner (D) and Brian Smith (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Ohio District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert E. Latta 67.8% 140,703
     Democratic Caleb Finkenbiner 26.5% 54,919
     Libertarian Brian L. Smith 5.7% 11,831
Total Votes 207,453

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. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "LATTA, Robert E., (1956 - )," accessed July 15, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 14, 2014
  6. Associated Press, "Ohio - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 15, 2014
  7. The Blade, "Monclova man eyes Latta’s job," accessed July 15, 2014
  8. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions about General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions About General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
  11. Campaign Facebook page
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Robert E. Latta Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 6, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Latta April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Fry Summary Report," accessed May 13, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Robert Fry April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013