Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lee Fincher 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 8th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Stephen Lee Fincher defeated Dana Matheny and John Mills in the Republican primary. Wes Bradley defeated Larry Pivnick, Rickey Hobson and Tom Reasons in the Democratic primary.[3] Fincher defeated Bradley, Constitution Party candidate Mark Rawles and independent candidate James Hart in the general election.
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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Stephen Lee Fincher (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 8th District is located in the northwest region of Tennessee and borders Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Henry, Carroll, Weakley, Obion, Lake, Dyer, Crockett, Gibson, Madison, Haywood, Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette and Shelby counties are included in the district.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 7, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 70.8% 122,205
     Democratic Wes Bradley 24.6% 42,403
     Constitution Mark Rawles 2.6% 4,450
     Independent James Hart 2% 3,446
Total Votes 172,504
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Fincher Incumbent 79% 68,465
Dana Matheny 13.6% 11,819
John Mills 7.3% 6,337
Total Votes 86,621
Source: Results via Associated Press

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Bradley 34.7% 9,400
Rickey Hobson 33.3% 9,014
Tom Reasons 20.5% 5,547
Lawrence Pivnick 11.5% 3,105
Total Votes 27,066
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Fincher voted in support 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Fincher voted in support 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Fincher 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Fincher 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Yea3.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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Fincher voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] 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. Fincher voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

2013 Farm bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Fincher supported the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[18] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[19]

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.[20] 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.[21] Fincher voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Nay3.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.[23] 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. Fincher voted against HR 2775.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Fincher 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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Fincher supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

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.[28] Fincher joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Campaign contributions

Stephen Lee Fincher

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fincher's reports.[31]

Stephen Fincher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$1,449,564.27$332,332.15$(59,630.04)$1,722,266.38
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$1,722,266.38$308,520.48$(58,781.37)$1,972,005.49
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2013$1,972,005.49$187,755.87$(50,282.8)$2,109,478.56
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$2,109,478$190,011$(64,996)$2,334,493
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$2,234,493.54$243,726.81$(139,331.33)$2,338,889.02
Running totals
$1,262,346.31$(373,021.54)

James Hart

James Hart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 1, 2014$1,452.10$0.18$(38.85)$1,413.43
Running totals
$0.18$(38.85)

District history

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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Stephen Lee Fincher won re-election in the district.[38]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Timothy Dixon 28.4% 79,490
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 68.3% 190,923
     Independent James Hart 2.2% 6,139
     Independent Mark Rawles 1% 2,870
Total Votes 279,422
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Stephen Fincher won election to the United States House. He defeated Roy Herron (D) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Fincher 60.3% 98,759
     Democratic Roy Herron 39.7% 64,960
Total Votes 163,719

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
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