Ohio's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John A. Boehner 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 8th Congressional District of Ohio will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

John Boehner (R) is a well-established incumbent in a strongly Republican-leaning district. He took office in 1991, and has been the Speaker of the House since 2011.[4] According to an article from Newsweek, "Boehner has never won his Ohio House seat with less than 60 percent of the popular vote."[5] The Cook Political Report rates Boehner's seat as "Solid Republican," meaning that Boehner is not expected to face a competitive race in 2014 either.[6]

In the May 6, 2014, primary election, Boehner easily defeated two other candidates to win the Republican nomination. In the Democratic primary, Tom Poetter defeated Matthew Guyette by a smaller, though still substantial, margin of victory.[7]

As of the April Quarterly FEC reports, Boehner held an enormous financial advantage over Poetter. Boehner had already spent $9,602,976.99 on his campaign, whereas Poetter had spent just over $5,000. Nonetheless, Poetter believes that Boehner is vulnerable because he is focusing too much on national politics and not enough on serving his district. In an interview, Poetter stated, "When you show up and are present, you show value to the people. That’s something the speaker can’t do anymore, or won’t do anymore."[8] Poetter also gave his opinion on Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying that the suit was a waste of time and money, and that it showed "lack of leadership."[8]

The third candidate involved in the race is Jim Condit Jr., who is running for the Constitution Party. Condit previously ran as a Constitution candidate in 2010 and as a write-in candidate in 2012.

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 John Boehner (R), who was first elected in 1990.

Ohio's 8th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Darke, Miami, Clark, Preble and Butler counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race


Election results

General election

U.S. House, Ohio District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican John Boehner Incumbent 0% 0
     Democratic Tom Poetter 0% 0
     Constitution Jim Condit Jr. 0% 0
Total Votes 0

Primary election

U.S. House, Ohio District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Boehner Incumbent 71.5% 47,261
J.D. Winteregg 22.7% 15,030
Eric Gurr 5.8% 3,812
Total Votes 66,103
Source: Ohio Secretary of State, Official Election Results
U.S. House, Ohio District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Poetter 54.6% 8,911
Matthew Guyette 45.4% 7,399
Total Votes 16,310
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.[17] Boehner joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[18][19]

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.[20] 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.[21] John Boehner voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. John Boehner voted for HR 2775.[24]

Media

J.D. Winteregg released a campaign ad against John Boehner that gained media attention due to being a parody of a Cialis commercial. In the ad, Winteregg warns against "electile dysfunction," and says that "Winteregg in Congress" could be the cure.[25]


Winteregg campaign ad criticizing Boehner

Campaign contributions

John Boehner

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

John A. Boehner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$952,828.44$2,387,085.22$(1,517,898.76)$1,822,014.90
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$1,822,014.90$3,537,635.25$(2,832,720.80)$2,526,929.35
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$2,526,929.35$3,149,615.34$(2,888,913.48)$2,787,631.21
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$2,787,631.00$909,615.00$(1,000,183.00)$2,877,802.00
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$2,877,802.26$1,786,187.19$(1,363,260.95)$3,300,728.50
Running totals
$11,770,138$(9,602,976.99)

J.D. Winteregg

J.D. Winteregg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[32]January 31, 2013$0.00$2,996.00$(1,414.00)$1,581.00
Running totals
$2,996$(1,414)

Tom Poetter

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Poetter's reports.[33]

Tom Poetter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[34]January 30, 2014$0.00$13,714.00$(2,344.75)$11,369.25
April Quarterly[35]April 14, 2014$11,369.25$17,390.14$(2,974.43)$25,784.96
Running totals
$31,104.14$(5,319.18)

District history

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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Ohio held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent John Boehner won re-election in the district.[36]

U.S. House, Ohio District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn A. Boehner Incumbent 99.2% 246,378
     Write-In James Condit Jr. 0.8% 1,938
Total Votes 248,316
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Boehner won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Justin Coussoule (D), David Harlow (L) and James Condit (Constitution) in the general election.[37]

U.S. House, Ohio District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn A. Boehner 65.6% 142,731
     Democratic Justin A. Coussoule 30.3% 65,883
     Libertarian David A. Harlow 2.4% 5,121
     Constitution James J. Condit, Jr 1.7% 3,701
Total Votes 217,436

See also

External links

References

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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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