Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Shuster Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th 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 Bill Shuster (R), who was first elected in 2001.

Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District is located in the south central portion Pennsylvania and includes Indiana, Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Somerset, Fayette, Green and Washington counties.[5]

Candidates

Race background

Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District was included on the list.[8]

Bill Shuster’s (R) primary will pit an incumbent against the anti-establishment wing of the party.[8] It’s not the first time Shuster has faced a serious primary. In 2004, he held off Republican challenger Michael DelGrosso, 51 percent to 49 percent.[8]

He must beat challenger Art Halvorson, who has won early endorsements from RedState founder Erick Erickson and the Madison Project, a conservative group that recently ran a 60-second radio ad hammering Shuster for his votes to raise the debt ceiling.[8]

Halvorson, a wealthy commercial real estate developer who has already put $100,000 towards his campaign, has hammered Shuster for his record on spending issues. Travis Schooley, an Army veteran, is also running.[8]

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Bill Schuster Art HalvorsonTravis SchooleyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling
September 30, 2013 - October 1, 2013
62%11%5%21%+/-4.16555
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Bill Shuster


"Listens" - Bill Shuster for Congress

"Meet Art Halvorson" - Bill Shuster for Congress

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.[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] Bill Shuster voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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.[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. Bill Shuster voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Bill Shuster

Bill Shuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$284,858.84$496,211.55$(168,733.27)$612,337.12
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$612,337.12$651,974.36$(343,031.29)$921,280.19
October Quarterly[16]October 13, 2013$921,280.19$382,496.39$(141,712.11)$1,162,064.47
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$1,162,064$550,730$(353,597)$1,359,197
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$1,359,197.39$737,379.09$(844,093.76)$1,252,482.72
Running totals
$2,818,791.39$(1,851,167.43)

Art Halvorson

Art Halvorson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$0$30,145$(4,115)$126,030
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$126,030.00$13,760.00$(14,280.47)$125,509.53
Year-End[21]January 8, 2014$125,509$8,699$(61,810)$72,398
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$72,398.64$8,821.21$(24,727.33)$56,492.52
Running totals
$61,425.21$(104,932.8)

Travis Schooley

Travis Schooley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$6,721.53$(6,524.79)$196.74
Year-End[24]January 23, 2014$196$5,542$(5,068)$670
April Quarterly[25]April 13, 2014$670.66$9,602.49$(4,581.02)$5,692.13
Running totals
$21,866.02$(16,173.81)

District history

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2012

The 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bill Shuster won re-election in the district.[26]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Karen Ramsburg 38.3% 105,128
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster Incumbent 61.7% 169,177
Total Votes 274,305
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bill Shuster won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tom Conners (D) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Shuster 73.1% 141,904
     Democratic Tom Conners 26.9% 52,322
Total Votes 194,226

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. Art Halvorson for Congress, "Home," accessed June 5, 2013
  7. Travis Schooley for Congress, "Home," accessed October 23, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Politico, "5 House primaries to watch," accessed August 8, 2013
  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. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Shuster Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 11, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  26. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Pennsylvania"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013