Tennessee's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Marsha Blackburn 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 7th Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Marsha Blackburn defeated Jacob Brimm in the Republican primary on August 7, 2014.[3] Dan Cramer defeated Credo Amouzouvik in the Democratic primary.[3] Blackburn and Cramer will face Lenny Ladner (I) in the general election. 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 Marsha Blackburn (R), who was first elected in 2002.

The 7th District is located in the southwestern and middle regions of Tennessee. It borders the states of Kentucky in the north and Missouri and Alabama in the south. The district also includes portions of Nashville, Memphis and Collierville. Montgomery, Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Benton, Perry, Hickman, Williamson, Lewis, Maury, Giles, Lawrence, Wayne, Hardin, McNairy, Chester, Henderson and Hardeman counties are included in the district.

Candidates

General election candidates


August 7, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 85.1% 26,888
Jacob Brimm 14.9% 4,690
Total Votes 31,578
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Cramer 79.1% 10,260
Credo Amouzouvik 20.9% 2,706
Total Votes 12,966
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

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

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.[10] Blackburn joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]


Campaign contributions

Marsha Blackburn

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

Marsha Blackburn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$1,220,155.61$245,555$(103,093.14)$132,617.47
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$1,362,617.47$239,153.71$(142,632.56)$1,459,138.62
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$1,470,682.35$368,937.77$(169,173.98)$1,670,446.14
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$1,670,446$147,049$(156,448)$1,661,047
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$1,661,047.53$264,911.08$(125,831.74)$1,800,126.87
Running totals
$1,265,606.56$(697,179.42)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Marsha Blackburn won re-election in the district.[19]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Credo Amouzouvik 24% 61,679
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn Incumbent 71% 182,730
     Green Howard Switzer 1.8% 4,640
     Independent William Akin 1.1% 2,740
     Independent Jack Arnold 1.7% 4,256
     Independent Lenny Ladner 0.5% 1,261
Total Votes 257,306
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Marsha Blackburn won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Greg Rabidoux (D) and J.W. "Bill" Stone (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha Blackburn incumbent 72.4% 158,916
     Democratic Greg Rabidoux 24.8% 54,347
     Independent J.W. "Bill" Stone 2.9% 6,320
Total Votes 219,583

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 3.2 3.3 Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  10. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Blackburn 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, "Blackburn Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  19. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013