Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Glenn Thompson 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 5th 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 Glenn Thompson (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District is located in the north central portion of Pennsylvania and includes Erie, Warren, Venango, Clarion, Forest, McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, Cameron, Potter, Clinton, Huntingdom and Centre counties. The 5th District is the largest congressional district in the state.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Did not run


Election Results

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerith Strano Taylor 55.4% 12,585
Thomas Edward Tarantella 44.6% 10,126
Total Votes 22,711
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

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.[13] 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.[14] Glenn Thompson voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[16] 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. Glenn Thompson voted for HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

Glenn Thompson

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[18]

Glenn Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$100,576.41$112,019.41$(115,471.04)$97,124.78
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$97,124.78$148,115.59$(94,192.98)$151,047.39
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$151,047.39$230,480.43$(105,774.95)$275,752.87
Year-End[22]January 31, 2014$275,752$122,928$(138,677)$260,004
April Quarterly[23]April 14, 2014$260,004.68$134,763.82$(112,027.28)$282,741.22
Running totals
$748,307.25$(566,143.25)

Thomas Tarantella

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Tarantella's reports.[24]

Thomas Tarantella (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 23, 2014$0.00$1,273.97$(1,090.53)$183.44
Running totals
$1,273.97$(1,090.53)

Kerith Strano Taylor

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Taylor's reports.[26]

Kerith Strano Taylor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 14, 2014$0.00$24,009.19$(12,104.62)$11,904.57
Running totals
$24,009.19$(12,104.62)

District history

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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Glenn Thompson won re-election in the district.[28]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson 62.9% 177,740
     Democratic Charles Dumas 37.1% 104,725
Total Votes 282,465

2010

On November 2, 2010, Glenn Thompson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Pipe (D) and Vernon L. Etzel (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Thompson incumbent 68.7% 127,427
     Democratic Michael Pipe 28.2% 52,375
     Libertarian Vernon L. Etzel 3.1% 5,710
Total Votes 185,512

See also

External links

References

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  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, "Thomas Edward Tarantella," accessed October 30, 2013
  10. The Express, "Renovo man seeks Republican nomination for U.S. Congress," accessed December 2, 2013
  11. Politico, "Joe Paterno’s son looks at run for Congress," accessed October 28, 2013
  12. Pennlive.com, "Jay Paterno eyeing 5th District congressional run, Democrats say," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Glenn Thompson 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Thompson Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Tarantella 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 13, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Taylor 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 23, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013