Texas' 36th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 36th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Stockman Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 36th Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

The winner of this race will fill the empty seat left by incumbent Steve Stockman's U.S. Senate bid. Texas' 36th Congressional District is one of three U.S. House races in Texas to require a primary runoff election. Brian Babin defeated Ben Streusand in the Republican runoff election and will face Michael Cole (D) in the general election.

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 Steve Stockman (R), who was first elected in 2012. Stockman did not seek re-election in 2014. He instead challenged John Cornyn in Texas' U.S. Senate race.

Texas' 36th Congressional District is located in the far eastern portion of the state and includes Newton, Jasper, Orange, Tyler, Polk, Liberty, Chambers and Harris counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Michael Cole
Republican Party Brian Babin
Libertarian Party Rodney Veach
Green Party Hal Ridley Jr.


May 27, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates

March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Green Party Green Party Convention

Primary results

U.S. House, Texas District 36 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 33.4% 17,194
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Streusand 23.3% 12,024
John Manlove 6.9% 3,556
Doug Centilli 6.8% 3,506
Phil Fitzgerald 6.6% 3,388
Robin Riley 5.1% 2,648
Dave Norman 4.5% 2,325
Chuck Meyer 3.1% 1,574
John Amdur 2.9% 1,470
Kim Morrell 2.8% 1,444
Jim Engstrand 2.5% 1,288
Pat Kasprzak 2.2% 1,116
Total Votes 51,533
Source: Texas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Texas District 36 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Babin 57.8% 19,301
Ben Streusand 42.2% 14,069
Total Votes 33,370
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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

Nay3.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 voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Stockman joined with four other Republicans voting against the lawsuit.[7] All Democrats voted against the resolution.[8][9]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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] Lloyd Doggett voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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. Lloyd Doggett voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Brian Babin

Brian Babin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$0$75,656$(3,390)$72,265
Pre-Primary[16]February 16, 2014$72,265$132,849$(86,166)$118,948
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$118,948$159,379$(113,329)$164,998
Pre-Runoff[18]May 15, 2014$164,998$212,412$(183,050)$194,360
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$194,360$139,607$(259,743)$74,224
Running totals
$719,903$(645,678)

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Babin's committee owed $75,000 in outstanding loans to Brian Babin.

John Amdur

John Amdur (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[20]January 22, 2014$0$106,100$(0)$106,100
Running totals
$106,100$(0)

Doug Centilli

Doug Centilli (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[21]February 3, 2014$0$48,825$(0)$48,825
Running totals
$48,825$(0)

John Manlove

John Manlove (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 29, 2014$0$131,391$(3,795)$127,595
Running totals
$131,391$(3,795)

Ben Streusand

Ben Streusand (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 9, 2013$2,228$0$(0)$2,228
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$2,228$0$(600)$1,628
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$1,628$0$(0)$1,628
Year-End[26]January 31, 2014$1,628$253,125$(3,470)$251,283
Pre-Primary[27]February 20, 2014$251,283$307,525$(410,237)$148,570
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$148,570$125,555$(244,467)$29,657
Running totals
$686,205$(658,774)

**As of the 2014 April Quarterly Report, Streusand's committee owed $658,775 in outstanding loans to Ben Streusand.

District history

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2012

The 36th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which Steve Stockman (R) won election. He defeated Max Martin (D) and Michael Cole (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Texas District 36 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stockman 70.7% 165,405
     Democratic Max Martin 26.6% 62,143
     Libertarian Michael K. Cole 2.7% 6,284
Total Votes 233,832
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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, "Brian Babin Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Babin Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Babin April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Babin April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Brian Babin July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "John Amdur Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Centilli Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "John Manlove Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand April Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand July Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand October Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand Pre-Primary," accessed May 2, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ben Streusand April Quarterly," accessed May 2, 2014
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012