Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Lou Barletta Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania 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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[6]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

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

Pennsylvania's 11th Congressional District is located in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and includes the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. It also includes Wyoming, Luzerne, Columbia, Carbon, Northumberland, Dauphin Perry and Cumberland counties.[7]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Declined to run

Race background

In early 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three Pennsylvania races which showed promise for a competitive primary or potential partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

In the 11th District race, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was looking at Chris Carney as a potential challenger to incumbent Lou Barletta; however, Carney declined to enter the race. Barletta will instead face Democrat Andy Ostrowski in the general election.[11]


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.[12] 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.[13] Lou Barletta voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[15] 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. Lou Barletta voted for HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Lou Barletta

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lou Barletta's reports.[17]

Lou Barletta (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$7,897.02$116,984.27$(67,731.39)$57,149.90
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$57,149.90$228,167.90$(123,782.21)$161,535.59
October Quarterly[20]October 13, 2013$161,535.59$145,523.29$(114,160.81)$192,898.07
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$192,898$100,957$(130,506)$163,348
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$163,348.80$154,446.22$(122,445.38)$195,349.64
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Lou Barletta won re-election in the district.[23]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gene Stilp 41.5% 118,231
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLou Barletta Incumbent 58.5% 166,967
Total Votes 285,198
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Lou Barletta won election to the United States House. He defeated Paul E. Kanjorski (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLou Barletta 54.7% 102,179
     Democratic Paul E. Kanjorski incumbent 45.3% 84,618
Total Votes 186,797

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Votes PA, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Termination Notice," accessed November 11, 2013
  10. PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta," February 26, 2013
  11. PoliticsPA, "Carney Vs. Barletta?," February 26, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Lou Barletta 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Barletta Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013