Tennessee's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Cooper Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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

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The 5th Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Bob Ries defeated Chris Carter, John Smith and Ronnie Holden in the Republican primary on August 7, 2014.[3] Ries will face incumbent Jim Cooper, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and independent Paul Deakin in November. Although most of Tennessee votes Republican, Bruce Oppenheimer, a professor at Vanderbilt University, explained that the Copper's district, which includes Nashville, and the 9th District, which includes Memphis, "are unlike the other seven House districts in their partisan composition. They're more urban, more minority and more Democratic."[4] The race is rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
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.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jim Cooper (D), who was first elected in 2002.

Tennessee's 5th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Dickson, Cheatham and Davidson counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates

August 7, 2014, Republican Primary

Removed from ballot

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ries 38.2% 9,137
Chris Carter 29.3% 7,004
John Smith 17.8% 4,265
Ronnie Holden 14.7% 3,518
Total Votes 23,924
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Campaign contributions

Jim Cooper

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cooper's reports.[13]

Jim Cooper (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 11, 2013$693,328.32$18,955.50$(37,821.19)$674,462.63
July Quarterly[15]July 19, 2013$674,462.63$259,514.21$(43,186.56)$890,790.28
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$891,790.28$57,775.29$(38,803.26)$910,762.31
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$910,762$48,061$(55,846)$902,977
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$902,977.34$58,494.22$(61,246.93)$900,224.63
Running totals
$442,800.22$(236,903.94)

Bob Ries

Bob Ries (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 8, 2014$4,321.48$0$(536.27)$3,785.21
Running totals
$0$(536.27)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 5th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim Cooper won re-election in the district.[20]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper Incumbent 65.2% 171,621
     Republican Brad Staats 32.8% 86,240
     Green John Miglietta 2% 5,222
Total Votes 263,083
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim Cooper won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Hall (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Cooper 57.2% 99,162
     Republican David Hall incumbent 42.8% 74,204
Total Votes 173,366

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014," accessed August 4, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. The Tennessean, "Rep. Jim Cooper avoids the partisan extremes," accessed August 4, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Tennessee Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  12. Tennessee Secretary of State, "Petitions Filed for Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives," accessed July 18, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Cooper 2014 Summary Reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Cooper Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013