Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John J. Duncan, Jr. Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Tennessee U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John J. Duncan, Jr. defeated Jason Zachary in the Republican primary. Duncan will face Bob Scott, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, Green Party candidate Norris Dryer and independent Casey Gouge in the general election.[3] The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is John J. Duncan, Jr. (R), who was first elected in 1988.

Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Claiborne, Knox, Jefferson, Blout and Loudon counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party August 7, 2014, Republican Primary

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Duncan Incumbent 60.2% 27,132
Jason Zachary 39.8% 17,938
Total Votes 45,070
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Duncan voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Duncan voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngDuncan voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Duncan voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Duncan voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Duncan joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[16][17]

2013 Farm bill

Nay3.png In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[19][20] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[21] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[22] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[22][23] Duncan was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[22]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[21] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[21]

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.[24] 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.[25] Duncan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

Nay3.pngThe 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.[27] 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. Duncan voted against HR 2775.[28]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Duncan supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[29] The vote largely followed party lines.[30]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Duncan supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[31]

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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[32] Duncan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[33][34]

Campaign contributions

John Duncan, Jr.

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Duncan's reports.[35]

John Duncan, Jr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]July 12, 2013$1,569,583.96$12,852.30$(73,593.05)$1,508,843.21
July Quarterly[37]July 13, 2013$1,508,843.21$54,279.92$(24,122.36)$1,539,000.77
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$1,539,000.77$70,803.03$(53,538.87)$1,556,264.93
Year-End[39]January 31, 2014$1,556,264$33,721$(54,778)$1,535,316
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$1,535,316.88$40,054.64$(50,265.23)$1,525,106.29
Running totals
$211,710.89$(256,297.51)

Jason Zachary

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zachary's reports.[41]

Jason Zachary (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 11, 2014$22,693.40$21,009.10$(18,165.45)$25,537.05
Running totals
$21,009.1$(18,165.45)

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent John J. Duncan, Jr. won re-election in the district.[43]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Troy Goodale 20.6% 54,522
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn J. Duncan, Jr. Incumbent 74.4% 196,894
     Green Norris Dryer 2.2% 5,733
     Independent Brandon Stewart 1.1% 2,974
     Libertarian Greg Samples 1.7% 4,382
Total Votes 264,505
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Duncan, Jr. won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Dave Hancock (D) in the general election.[44]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Duncan, Jr. incumbent 84.8% 141,796
     Democratic Dave Hancock 15.2% 25,400
Total Votes 167,196

See also

External links

References

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