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Texas' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Culberson Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
December 9, 2013
March 4, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Texas is 1 of 22 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.[1][2]

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).[3]

See also: Texas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is John Culberson (R), who was first elected in 2000.

Texas' 7th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes part of Harris county.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates


March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Primary results

U.S. House, Texas District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Cargas 62.2% 4,092
Lissa Squiers 37.8% 2,489
Total Votes 6,581
Source: Texas Secretary of State, Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[5] 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.[6] John Culberson voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[7]

Voted "No" 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.[8] 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. John Culberson voted against HR 2775.[9]

Campaign contributions

John Culberson

John Culberson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 10, 2013$32,396.11$120,460.00$(76,457.55)$76,398.56
July Quarterly[11]July 9, 2013$76,398.56$93,006.00$(57,663.84)$111,740.72
October Quarterly[12]October 12, 2013$111,740.72$61,604.00$(61,277.29)$112,067.43
Year-End[13]January 16, 2014$112,067$45,400$(61,522)$95,944
Running totals
$320,470$(256,920.68)

James Cargas

James Cargas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$1,046$114$(1,078)$81
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$81$360$(424)$682
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$682$600$(491)$791
Year-End[17]January 30, 2014$791$7,786$(5,209)$3,368
Running totals
$8,860$(7,202)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent John Culberson (R) won re-election. He defeated James Cargas (D), Drew Parks (L) and Lance Findley (G) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson Incumbent 60.8% 142,793
     Democratic James Cargas 36.4% 85,553
     Libertarian Drew Parks 2% 4,669
     Green Lance Findley 0.8% 1,822
Total Votes 234,837
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Culberson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bob Townsend (L) and Lissa Squiers (Write-in) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Texas District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Culberson incumbent 81.4% 143,655
     Libertarian Bob Townsend 18% 31,704
     Write-in Lissa Squiers 0.6% 1,019
Total Votes 176,378

See also

External links

References

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named fairvote
  2. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. VoteTexas.gov, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Texas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  6. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "John Culberson April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "John Culberson July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "John Culberson October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "John Culberson Year-End," accessed February 6, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "James Cargas April Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "James Cargas July Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "James Cargas October Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "James Cargas Year-End," accessed February 13, 2014
  18. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Texas," November 6, 2012
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013