Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Michael G. Fitzpatrick Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th 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 Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District is located in eastern Pennsylvania and borders the state of New Jersey. It includes portions of Bucks and Montgomery counties.[7]

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 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Strouse 51.1% 18,208
Shaughnessy Naughton 48.9% 17,447
Total Votes 35,655
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick as 1 of 10 vulnerable, Republican incumbents they are targeting in 2014.[11] In May 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched Jumpstart, a program that “provides early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to the DCCC memo. Kevin Strouse was one of the eight Democratic candidates on the list. He was chosen based on polling figures, which indicated Fitzpatrick's vulnerability to losing re-election in 2014.[12] Due to this vulnerability, Fitzpatrick, along with 11 other House Republicans, has qualified for financial assistance under the Patriot Program.[13] The program is run by the National Republican Congressional Committee and helps raise money to protect GOP incumbents deemed in danger of being unseated.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Michael G. Fitzpatrick voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Michael G. Fitzpatrick voted for HR 2775.[19]

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Shaughnessy Naughton

Naughton received the support of the Women’s Campaign Fund, the Women Under Forty PAC and the Ironworkers Local Union 401, an AFL-CIO affiliate.[20][21] She received an endorsement from EMILY'S List on November 19, 2013.[22]

Kevin Strouse

Strouse received the backing of VoteVets, Nancy Pelosi, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).[21][23]

He picked up an endorsement from PeacePAC, the political arm of Council for a Livable World, on November 11, 2013.[24]

“Mr. Strouse is a former Army Ranger and combat veteran; he understands that common sense solutions are necessary to address America’s greatest security threats such as terrorism, Afghanistan and the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs,” said Guy Stevens, Director of PeacePAC. “We are glad to offer our support to a great candidate and someone that will be a strong voice for common sense in Congress.”[24]

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a fundraiser for Strouse and Michael Parrish of Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District on February 6, 2014.[25]

Media

Strouse


"Kevin Strouse for Congress - SERIOUSLY."

Campaign contributions

Michael G. Fitzpatrick

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Michael G. Fitzpatrick's reports.[26]

Michael G. Fitzpatrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$114,083.20$302,152.18$(140,756.93)$275,478.45
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$275,478.45$501,894.94$(96,707.67)$680,665.72
October Quarterly[29]October 13, 2013$680,665.72$462,175.10$(96,145.02)$1,046,695.80
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$1,046,695$348,853$(119,087)$1,276,462
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$1,276,462.30$337,339.60$(140,168)$1,473,633.90
Running totals
$1,952,414.82$(592,864.62)

Shaughnessy Naughton

Shaughnessy Naughton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$0$89,016$(80)$88,935
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$88,935$99,804$(27,743)$160,995
Year-End[34]January 31, 2014$160,995$105,836$(89,657)$177,173
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$177,173.67$124,952.66$(94,159.72)$207,966.61
Running totals
$419,608.66$(211,639.72)

Kevin Strouse

Kevin Strouse (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$0$253,766$(35,504)$218,261
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$218,261.79$151,287.38$(43,944.74)$325,604.43
Year-End[38]January 29, 2014$325,604$200,346$(54,249)$471,700
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$471,700.95$165,193.07$(73,319.69)$563,574.33
Running totals
$770,592.45$(207,017.43)

District history

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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick won re-election in the district.[40]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kathryn Boockvar 43.4% 152,859
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Fitzpatrick Incumbent 56.6% 199,379
Total Votes 352,238
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Michael G. Fitzpatrick won election to the United States House. He defeated Patrick J. Murphy (D) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Fitzpatrick 53.5% 130,759
     Democratic Patrick J. Murphy incumbent 46.5% 113,547
Total Votes 244,306

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
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  8. 8.0 8.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
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  10. Official Campaign Website, "About," accessed June 6, 2013
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  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  22. Emily's List, "EMILY’s List Puts Four New Women Leaders “On the List”," accessed November 20, 2013
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  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013