Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oregon's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Earl Blumenauer Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Earl Blumenauer Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


Oregon U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Oregon held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Earl Blumenauer (D) defeated James Buchal (Republican, independent and Constitution Party), Jeffrey Langan (L), Michael Meo (Pacific Green Party) and David Walker (I) in the general election.

Neither Blumenauer nor Buchal faced primary challengers.[3] The race was rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Oregon is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 29, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[8]

See also: Oregon elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Earl Blumenauer (D), who was first elected in 1996.

Oregon's 3rd Congressional District is located in the northeastern corner of the state and includes Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, as well as Portland.[9]


Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Election results

General election

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer Incumbent 72.3% 211,748
     Republican James Buchal 19.6% 57,424
     Libertarian Jeffrey Langan 2.2% 6,381
     Green Michael Meo 4.1% 12,106
     Independent David Walker 1.4% 4,009
     Miscellaneous Miscellaneous 0.4% 1,089
Total Votes 292,757
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes that Blumenauer cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Blumenauer voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

Yea3.png Blumenauer voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]

Economy

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[16] 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.[17] Blumenauer voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Blumenauer voted for HR 2775.[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Blumenauer voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Campaign contributions

Earl Blumenauer

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Blumenauer’s reports.[21]

Earl Blumenauer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$632,645.24$43,190.68$(60,209.01)$615,626.91
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$615,626.91$180,409.02$(116,523.56)$679,512.37
October Quarterly[24]October 13, 2013$679,512.37$198,172.60$(128,954.99)$748,729.98
Year-End Quarterly[25]December 31, 2013$748,729$113,869$(73,679)$758,478
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$758,478.59$149,601.48$(225,012.39)$683,067.68
Pre-Primary[27]May 8, 2014$683,067.68$58,175.88$(155,358.64)$585,884.92
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$585,884.92$136,088.60$(82,138.55)$639,834.97
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2014$639,834.97$245,813.49$(127,167.93)$758,480.53
Pre-General[30]October 23, 2014$758,480.53$36,344.91$(20,050.31)$774,775.13
Running totals
$1,161,665.66$(989,094.38)

District history

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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Oregon held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Incumbent Earl Blumenauer defeated three challengers to win re-election on November 6, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer Incumbent 74.5% 264,979
     Republican Ronald Green 19.8% 70,325
     Progressive Woodrow Broadnax 3.7% 13,159
     Libertarian Michael Cline 1.9% 6,640
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 772
Total Votes 355,875
Source: Oregon Secretary of State

2010

On November 2, 2010, Earl Blumenauer won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Delia Lopez (R), Michael Meo (Progressive) and Jeff Lawrence (L) in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, Oregon District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Blumenauer incumbent 70.1% 193,104
     Republican Delia Lopez 24.6% 67,714
     Progressive Michael Meo 2.3% 6,197
     Libertarian Jeff Lawrence 3% 8,380
Total Votes 275,395


See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 15, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "Oregon - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  4. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed August 18, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Oregon Secretary of State Website, "Learn More About Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Oregon Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
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  15. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Earl Blumenauer 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  31. Oregon Live, "2012 General Election Results," November 7, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013