Texas' 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2012

CongressLogo.png

Texas' 31st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Carter Republican Party
John Carter.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Texas U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Texas.png
The 31st Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent John Carter (R) was unchallenged in the Republican primary. He will face Louie Minor (D) in the general election. Carter is expected to easily win re-election in this solidly Republican district.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[3][4]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 2, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014 (30 days prior to election).[5]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is John Carter (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Texas' 31st Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Bell and Williamson counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party John Carter
Democratic Party Louie Minor
Libertarian Party Scott Ballard


March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent 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.[7] Carter joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[8][9]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[10] 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.[11] Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Yea3.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.[13] 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. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

John Carter

John Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$464,659.20$91,074.99$(59,355.70)$496,378.49
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$496,378.49$122,005.84$(125,888.59)$492,495.74
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$492,495.74$132,477.78$(67,757.79)$557,215.73
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$557,215$73,374$(182,401)$448,189
Pre-Primary[19]February 20, 2014$448,189$14,000$(40,077)$422,111
Pre-Special[20]February 27, 2014$422,111$6,100$(6,924)$421,287
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$421,287$118,615$(32,545)$507,357
Pre-Special[22]July 8, 2014$507,357$135,488$(48,237)$594,608
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$594,608$66,788$(52,110)$609,287
Running totals
$759,923.61$(615,296.08)

Louie Minor

Louie Minor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$0$10,723$(3,415)$7,307
Year-End[25]January 31, 2014$7,307$24,685$(24,321)$7,671
Pre-Primary[26]February 21, 2014$7,671$6,379$(11,654)$2,396
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$2,396$10,419$(10,496)$2,318
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$2,318$9,614$(10,679)$1,253
Running totals
$61,820$(60,565)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
Ballot Access Requirements Final.jpg

Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

2012

The 31st Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent John Carter (R) won re-election. He defeated Stephen Wyman (D) and Ethan Garofolo (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Texas District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Carter Incumbent 61.3% 145,348
     Democratic Stephen M. Wyman 35% 82,977
     Libertarian Ethan Garofalo 3.7% 8,862
Total Votes 237,187
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Carter won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bill Oliver (L) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, Texas District 31 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Carter incumbent 82.5% 126,384
     Libertarian Bill Oliver 17.5% 26,735
Total Votes 153,119

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. VoteTexas.gov, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Texas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Pre-Primary," accessed April 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Pre-Special," accessed April 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter Pre-Special," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "John Carter July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Louie Minor October Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Louie Minor Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Louie Minor Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Louie Minor April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Louie Minor July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013