Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Joseph R. Pitts Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 16th 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.[1][2][3]

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).[4]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Joseph R. Pitts (R), who was first elected in 1996.

Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of Pennsylvania and is just west of Philadelphia. It includes Lancaster and Chester counties.[5]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Houghton 59.9% 7,280
Raja Kittappa 40.1% 4,867
Total Votes 12,147
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[8] 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.[9] Joseph Pitts voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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.[11] 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. Joseph Pitts voted against HR 2775.[12]

Campaign contributions

Joseph Pitts

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Joseph R. Pitts' reports.[13]

Joseph R. Pitts (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$183,946.14$164,029.00$(54,533.88)$293,441.26
Mid-Year Report[15]July 15, 2013$293,441.26$223,403.31$(188,135.57)$328,709.00
October Quarterly[16]October 13, 2013$328,709.00$88,135.00$(114,395.27)$302,448.73
Year-End[17]January 29, 2014$302,448$96,793$(71,969)$327,272
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2014$327,272.34$174,807.77$(81,873.81)$420,206.30
Running totals
$747,168.08$(510,907.53)

Tom Houghton

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Houghton's reports.[19]

Tom Houghton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$0.00$29,587.39$(12,616.47)$16,970.92
Running totals
$29,587.39$(12,616.47)

Raja Kittappa

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

Raja Kittappa (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 14, 2014$0.00$7,253.00$(0.00)$7,253.00
Running totals
$7,253$(0)

District history

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2012

The 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Joseph R. Pitts won re-election in the district.[23]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Aryanna Strader 39% 111,185
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts Incumbent 54.8% 156,192
     Independent John Murphy 4.3% 12,250
     Independent James Bednarski 1.8% 5,154
Total Votes 284,781
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Joseph R. Pitts won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lois Herr (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph R. Pitts incumbent 65.4% 134,113
     Democrat Lois Herr 34.6% 70,994
Total Votes 205,107

See also

External links

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Votes PA, "How to Register," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Pennsylvania Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  7. Daily Local, "Houghton to announce for Congressional bid," accessed January 28, 2014
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Joseph Pitts 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Mid-Year Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pitts Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Houghton 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Kittappa 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 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