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Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Matt Cartwright Democratic Party
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Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 17th 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: Voters must register to vote in the primary 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 Matt Cartwright (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District is located in the eastern region of Pennsylvania and includes Schuylkill, Carbon, Monroe, Luzerne and Lackawanna counties.[5]

Candidates

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[7] 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.[8] Matt Cartwright voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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. Matt Cartwright voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Matt Cartwright

Matt Cartwright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$45,962$218,690$(105,691)$158,960
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$158,960$223,162$(64,156)$317,967
October Quarterly[14]October 13, 2013$317,967$139,263$(67,839)$389,392
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$389,392$145,246$(63,668)$470,970
Running totals
$726,361$(301,354)

Matt Dietz

Matt Dietz (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$0.00$7,215.00$(280.00)$6,935.00
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$3,085.00$13,386.66$(9,553.83)$7,637.83
Year-End[18]January 13, 2014$7,637$6,749$(3,243)$12,923
Running totals
$27,350.66$(13,076.83)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Democrat Matt Cartwright won the election in the district.[19]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright 60.3% 161,393
     Republican Laureen Cummings 39.7% 106,208
Total Votes 267,601
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Holden won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Dave Argall (R) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim Holden incumbent 55.5% 118,486
     Republican Dave Argall 44.5% 95,000
Total Votes 213,486

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. PoliticsPA, "5/17 Morning Buzz," May 17, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Cartwright April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Cartwright July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Matt Cartwright Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 12, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013