Oregon's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Oregon's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Kurt Schrader Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely 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 5th Congressional District of Oregon will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Kurt Schrader will face Tootie Smith (R), Raymond Baldwin (Constitution Party) and Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) in the general election. Schrader defeated Anita Brown in the Democratic primary, and Smith defeated Ben Pollock in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[3] The race is 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 is October 14, 2014.[8]

See also: Oregon elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Kurt Schrader (D), who was first elected in 2008.

Oregon's 5th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Clackamas, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Race background

2012 election

In 2012, incumbent Kurt Schrader secured victory with an 11.6 percent margin of victory. Schrader spent $1,163,244 during the election, nearly thirty times more than the $33,207 his opponent Fred Thompson spent.[15]

The district leaned Democratic in 2012, according to the figures released by the Oregon Secretary of State on voter registration and partisanship. There were 6.26 percent more Democrats registered than Republicans.[16] There was an 82.3 percent voter turnout in 2012, with 327,970 people voting and a total of 398,500 people registered as of October 30, 2012.[17]

Election results

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader 83.6% 32,746
Anita Brown 16.4% 6,426
Total Votes 39,172
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Republican primary

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTootie Smith 61.9% 21,814
Ben Pollock 38.1% 13,413
Total Votes 35,227
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

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

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.[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] Kurt Schrader voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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.[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. Kurt Schrader voted for HR 2775.[22]

Campaign contributions

Kurt Schrader

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Schrader’s reports.[23]

Kurt Schrader (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$590,364.06$117,621.92$(89,530.04)$618,455.94
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$618,455.94$227,918.99$(96,468.43)$749,906.50
October Quarterly[26]October 13, 2013$749,906.50$220,313.75$(91,516.85)$878,703.40
Year-End Quarterly[27]December 31, 2013$880,693$187,456$(61,155)$1,001,828
April Quarterly[28]April 14, 2014$1,001,828.42$208,672.75$(56,560.44)$1,153,940.73
Running totals
$961,983.41$(395,230.76)

Tootie Smith

Tootie Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$-206.05$17,566.24$(13,532.72)$3,827.47
Running totals
$17,566.24$(13,532.72)

Ben Pollock

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Pollock's reports.[30]

Ben Pollock (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Quarterly[31]December 31, 2013$0$43,763$(17,451)$26,311
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$26,311.79$15,283.79$(20,163.45)$21,432.13
Running totals
$59,046.79$(37,614.45)

District history

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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Oregon held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012. Incumbent Kurt Schrader defeated Fred Thompson (R), Christina Jean Lugo (Pacific Green Party) and Raymond Baldwin (CST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader Incumbent 54% 177,229
     Republican Fred Thompson 42.4% 139,223
     Green Christina Jean Lugo 2.3% 7,516
     Constitution Raymond Baldwin 1.1% 3,600
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 402
Total Votes 327,970
Source: Oregon Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kurt Schrader won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Bruun (R) and Chris Lugo (Pacific Green) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, Oregon District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKurt Schrader incumbent 51.3% 145,319
     Republican Scott Bruun 46% 130,313
     Pacific Green Chris Lugo 2.7% 7,557
Total Votes 283,189

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
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  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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  14. Oregon Live, "Tootie Smith launches exploratory campaign for Kurt Schrader's Oregon House seat," accessed October 23, 2013
  15. Open Secrets, "2012 Race: Oregon District 05," accessed March 2013
  16. Oregon Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Reports, 2012," March, 2013
  17. Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  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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  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
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  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 9, 2014
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  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013