Ohio's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bob Gibbs 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 7th Congressional District of Ohio will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Although it appeared at first as though incumbent Bob Gibbs (R) would face one independent challenger, Dan Phillip was disqualified from the race in June 2014 because he voted in the Republican primary after he had filed the paperwork to run as an independent candidate. The Stark County Board of Elections justified their decision based on an advisory opinion from the former Secretary of State, which said, "If an independent candidate votes in a party primary election after filing as an independent, the candidate is not actually unaffiliated, and the candidate’s claim of independence was either not made in good faith or is no longer current."[4] This decision leaves Gibbs as the lone contender for the 7th District's U.S. Congressional seat, so he should be able to easily achieve re-election in 2014. It is not surprising, then, that The Cook Political Report rates Gibbs' seat as "Solid Republican" in 2014.[5]

Gibbs was first elected in 2010 and he won re-election in 2012 by a 12.8 percent margin of victory.[6] As of his April Quarterly FEC report, Gibbs had $698,435.20 in cash on hand that he could spend on the upcoming election.

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 was October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

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

Ohio's 7th Congressional District is located in the north-central portion of the state and includes Knox, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Richland, Ashland, Huron, Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties.[9]


General election candidates

May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary


Independent Dan Phillip - Independent[10]

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] Gibbs 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] Bob Gibbs 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. Bob Gibbs voted against HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Bob Gibbs

Bob Gibbs (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$234,651.89$87,263.17$(36,344.33)$285,570.73
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$285,570.00$294,554.94$(51,014.25)$529,110.69
October Quarterly[21]October 14, 2013$529,110.69$264,324.34$(57,471.95)$735,963.08
Year-End Quarterly[22]December 31, 2013$735,963.00$59,950.00$(39,657.00)$756,255.00
April Quarterly[23]April 14, 2014$760,754.50$84,950.00$(147,269.30)$698,435.20
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 7th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent from the 18th District, Bob Gibbs, won the election in the district.[24]

U.S. House, Ohio District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joyce Healy-Abrams 43.6% 137,708
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Gibbs Incumbent 56.4% 178,104
Total Votes 315,812
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Bob Gibbs won election to the United States House. He defeated Zachary Space (D), Lindsey Dean Sutton (Constitution) and Mark Pitrone (Write-in) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Ohio District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Gibbs 53.9% 107,426
     Democrat Zachary T. Space 40.5% 80,756
     Constitution Lindsey Dean Sutton 5.6% 11,246
     Write-in Mark Pitrone 0% 20
Total Votes 199,448

See also

External links


  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. The Suburbanite, "Congressional hopeful off November ballot," 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, "GIBBS, Bob, (1954 - )," accessed July 16, 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. The Suburbanite, "Congressional hopeful off November ballot," 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, "Bob Gibbs April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 7, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Bob Gibbs April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Ohio," accessed November 11, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013