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Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tim Murphy Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Murphy 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 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Tim Murphy, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary, also ran unopposed in the general election.
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. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[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 was October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[6]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Murphy (R), who was first elected in 2002 and ran unopposed for re-election in 2014.

Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District is located along the western Pennsylvania and borders the state of West Virginia. It includes Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.[7]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results
Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 18 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy Incumbent 100% 166,076
Total Votes 166,076
Source: Pennsylvania Secretary of State

Key votes

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

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.[9] 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.[10] Tim Murphy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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.[12] 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. Tim Murphy voted for HR 2775.[13]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[14] Murphy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[15][16]

Campaign contributions

Tim Murphy

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

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Tim Murphy (R) won re-election in the district.[23]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Larry Maggi 36% 122,146
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy Incumbent 64% 216,727
Total Votes 338,873
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Tim Murphy won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Dan Connolly (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Murphy incumbent 67.3% 161,888
     Democratic Dan Connolly 32.7% 78,558
Total Votes 240,446

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. Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Murphy 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Murphy 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, "Murphy 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