Ohio's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Johnson Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Likely R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[3]

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

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

Incumbent Bill Johnson was first elected in 2010, when he defeated the Democratic incumbent, Charlie Wilson, winning over a seat for the Republican Party.[4] Wilson tried to reclaim his seat in 2012, but Johnson defeated him by 6.6 percent of the vote. Redistricting after the 2010 census gave the district a Republican advantage, and now Johnson is generally thought to hold a safe Republican seat. The Cook Political Report rates it as "Likely Republican" in 2014, so although the race is not likely to become competitive, it has at least "the potential to become engaged."[5]

In the primary election on May 6, 2014, Johnson ran uncontested for the Republican nomination, while Jennifer Garrison easily defeated Greg Howard for the Democratic nomination. Garrison is a former Ohio state representative.[6] She has been fundraising seriously, and had raised $456,925.61 in total contributions as of her April Quarterly FEC report. Johnson remained in the lead with over $1 million in total contributions, but Garrison began searching for other ways to get her message out. She challenged Johnson to seven debates throughout the district, but Johnson's campaign retorted with a message stating, "Although Jennifer Garrison seems eager to start the campaign season early and bring scrutiny to her partisan record, once she makes her way around the entire district, she may regret that eagerness. That’s because her liberal policies and support of Obamacare and its advocates will be about as popular with people in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio as Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are."[7] Despite Johnson's criticism and attempts to tie her to President Barack Obama, Garrison claims to be anti-abortion and pro-gun.[6] She has also actively avoided association with President Obama, stating, "I suspect that the president would not be campaigning for someone unless he thought that would be helpful, and in my case it probably would not."[8]

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.[9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[10]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bill Johnson (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Ohio's 6th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Scioto, Lawrence, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs,Washington, Athens, Noble, Monroe, Belmont, Muskingum, Guernsey, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Jefferson, Columbia and Mahoning counties.[11]


General election candidates

May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Garrison 72.9% 22,359
Greg Howard 27.1% 8,292
Total Votes 30,651
Source: Ohio Secretary of State, Official Election Results

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.[15] Johnson joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[16][17]

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.[18] 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.[19] Bill Johnson voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[21] 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. Bill Johnson voted against HR 2775.[22]

Campaign contributions

Jennifer Garrison

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Garrison's reports.[23]

Jennifer Garrison (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[24]October 13, 2013$0.00$155,210.78$(55,035.13)$100,175.65
Year-End Quarterly[25]December 31, 2013$100,175.00$102,031.00$(67,909.00)$134,298.00
April Quarterly[26]April 14, 2014$134,298.26$199,683.83$(95,834.90)$238,147.19
Running totals

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$22,494.03$182,362.28$(73,727.16)$131,129.15
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$131,129.15$269,127.51$(84,646.38)$315,610.28
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$315,610.28$342,039.37$(129,413.21)$528,236.44
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$528,236.00$180,755.00$(60,608.00)$650,942.00
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$650,942.37$381,770.00$(71,180.94)$961,531.43
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 6th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bill Johnson won re-election in the district.[32]

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie Wilson 46.7% 144,444
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson Incumbent 53.3% 164,536
Total Votes 308,980
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Bill Johnson won election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Wilson, Martin Elsass and Richard Cadle in the general election.[33]

U.S. House, Ohio District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Johnson 50.2% 103,170
     Democrat Charles A. Wilson 45.2% 92,823
     Libertarian Martin J. Elsass 2.2% 4,505
     Constitution Richard E. Cadle 2.5% 5,077
Total Votes 205,575

See also

External links


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  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
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  7. The News Center, "Garrison Challenges Johnson to Seven Debates," accessed July 15, 2014
  8. Roll Call, "Ohio Democrat: Obama Endorsement Would Not Be Helpful," accessed July 15, 2014
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  10. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions About General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
  12. Dennis Lambert for Congress, "Home," accessed May 19, 2014
  13. The Washington Post, "DCCC adds nine names to program for top recruits," accessed September 9, 2013
  14. Campaign website, "Home," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
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  17. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
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  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jennifer Garrison Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 7, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jennifer Garrison April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Johnson April Quarterly," accessed August, 2013
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