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Virginia's 10th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to Republican Firehouse primary and Democratic nominating convention

Incumbent prior to election:
Frank Wolf Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]


Virginia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 10th Congressional District of Virginia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Virginia state delegate, Barbara Comstock, won the Republican nomination in the primary on April 26, 2014, and will face Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D), Bill Redpath (L), Dianne Blais (G) and Brad Eickholt (I) for retiring Republican Rep. Frank Wolf's long-held seat. The Rothenberg Political Report rated this race as "Lean Republican," although this race could go to either party.[3] The Washington Post ranked Virginia's 10th Congressional District seat as the sixth most likely seat to flip control in the 2014 election.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2014
No primary
November 4, 2014

Primary: Virginia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary process, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[5]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (22 days before election).[6]

See also: Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent, Frank Wolf (R), is not seeking re-election in 2014. He was first elected in 1980.

Virginia's 10th Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes Frederick, Clarke and Loudon counties and parts of Fairfax County.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

April 26, 2014, Republican primary results[14]

Failed to file

Withdrew from race

Declined to run



Republican firehouse primary results

Barbara Comstock defeated Rob Wasinger, Marc Savitt, Howie Lind, Stephen Hollingshead and Bob Marshall in the firehouse primary held April 26, 2014.[30] She will face John Foust in the general election November 4, 2014.

Comstock said, “It is an honor and a privilege to win my party’s nomination for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District and follow in the footsteps of my mentor, Congressman Frank Wolf. Now is the time for all Republicans to unite and pool our resources together to defend this seat from Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked candidate.”[31]

The Republican Party of Virginia’s Plan of Organization states that candidates for office can be selected by mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions or primaries. On January 23, 2014, party officials voted for a party canvass, also known as a "firehouse primary," because “it will allow their nominee to get an early start. Had they opted for a state-run primary, it would not have been held until June 10.”[32]

Although Virginia does not require citizens to declare a party when registering to vote, those who voted in Virginia’s 10th District firehouse primary were required to sign a Statement of Intent acknowledging their intent to vote for the Republican nominee in the 2014 general election. Firehouse primaries are held by the Republican Party of Virginia, not the Virginia State Board of Elections.

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Comstock 53.9% 7,337
Bob Marshall 28.1% 3,829
Howie Lind 8.1% 1,108
Stephen Hollingshead 6% 816
Rob Wasinger 2.2% 301
Mark Savitt 1.6% 218
Total Votes 13,609
Source: VAGOP10.org, "Recapping the 2014 Party Canvass," accessed July 1, 2014


Democratic convention cancelled

On March 17, 2014, the Tenth Congressional District Democratic Committee gave John Foust the Democratic nomination. Because Foust was the only candidate to file for the nomination, the committee cancelled its April 26 convention.[33] After receiving the nomination Foust said, "I am very grateful for the support I’m receiving across the district. I believe we’re unified because we represent the concerns and priorities of the residents of the 10th district, and I look forward to continuing the campaign through November and having a discussion on the issues with whomever the Republican nominee is."[33]


Race background

Wolf retirement

On December 13, 2013, Wolf announced his retirement. He delivered the following remarks: “I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years. As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom – both domestic and international – as well as matters of the culture and the American family. My passion for these issues has been influenced by the examples of President Ronald Reagan, former Congressmen Jack Kemp and Tony Hall, Chuck Colson, and the life of 18th century Member of Parliament William Wilberforce. I want to thank the many excellent former and current members of my staff who have helped me serve the people of the 10th District. I am also grateful to my wife, Carolyn, and my family, who have faithfully stood by me all these many years.”[34]

Open house seat

Hailing from the nation’s 10th wealthiest congressional district, Comstock and Foust are well-funded candidates, who have each raised a little more than $700,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports.[35][36] According to Roll Call, this will be one of the most expensive midterm races.[37] The Rothenberg Political Report rated this race as "Lean Republican," although this race could go to either party.[3] Mitt Romney won the 10th district in 2012, while Terry McAuliffe (D) won the district in the 2013 governor’s race, making this a close to even district. According to The Washington Post, "Winning the 10th won’t be easy because the district isn’t what it used to be, because the people aren’t quite sure what they want, and because what they do know and agree on is that the politicians don’t get it.”[38]


Polls

GOP Primary
Poll Barbara Comstock Bob MarshallStephen HollingsheadHowie LindMarc SavittRob WasingerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Citizen's United Political Victory Fund
April 4–5, 2014
44%10%3%3%1%3%30%+/-4.9402
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Media

Howie Lind


Howie Lind's March 2014 ad, "Take a Stand."

Howie Lind (R) released, "Take a Stand," on March 6, 2014.[39] The narrator in the ad said, “Howie Lind for Congress...Because it’s not about whose turn it is, but who’s going to stand up for us.”[39]


Endorsements

Barbara Comstock

  • Conservative commentator Sean Hannity endorsed Barbara Comstock on April 10, 2014.[40]
    • "Barbara Comstock is a solid and reliable conservative. I've known her for many years. She'd make a great member of Congress. I am happy to join other conservatives and proudly endorse her candidacy," said Hannity.[40]

Comstock has also been endorsed by the following:[40][41]

Bob Marshall

  • Former Rep. Robert Dornan endorsed Bob Marshall on April 7, 2014.[44]
    • "Bob Marshall is a rare triple threat to liberals and Democrats in that he is a powerhouse in all three areas that President Reagan said 'a true conservative' must lead: social issues, economic policy, and defense. Bob's knowledge and expertise in these areas, the Reagan triad, is almost unmatched… equaled by a few good men and women in politics, but NEVER surpassed," said Dornan.[44]


Campaign contributions

Barbara Comstock

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Comstock's reports.[45]

Barbara Comstock (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention Report[46]April 14, 2014$0.00$761,354.23$(241,323.98)$520,030.25
Running totals
$761,354.23$(241,323.98)

John Foust

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Foust's reports.[47]

John Foust (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[48]January 31, 2014$0$217,486$(7,492)$209,994
April Quarterly[49]April 14, 2014$0$558,274.39$(141,724.00)$626,544.45
Running totals
$775,760.39$(149,216)

Richard Bolger

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bolger's reports.[50]

Richard Bolger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2013$0.00$75,808.78$(24,728.58)$51,080.20
Year End[52]January 31, 2014$51,080$30,136$(34,488)$42,374
Running totals
$105,944.78$(59,216.58)

Frank Wolf

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Wolf's reports.[53]

Frank Wolf (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[54]April 14, 2013$187,089.04$46,331.76$(25,737.04)$207,683.76
July Quarterly[55]July 15, 2013$207,683.76$127,172.07$(64,893.48)$269,962.35
October Quarterly[56]October 15, 2013$269,962.35$38,996.65$(24,187.61)$284,771.39
Year-end[57]January 31, 2014$284,771$18,502$(38,059)$265,214
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$265,214.13$180.78$(63,462.04)$201,932.87
Running totals
$231,183.26$(216,339.17)


District history

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2012

The 10th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Frank Wolf won re-election in the district.[59]

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kristin Cabral 38.8% 142,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Wolf Incumbent 58.4% 214,038
     Independent Kevin Chisholm 2.7% 9,855
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 527
Total Votes 366,444
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Frank Wolf won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeffery R. Barnett (D) and William B. Redpath (L) in the general election.[60]

U.S. House, Virginia District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank Wolf incumbent 62.9% 131,116
     Democratic Jeffery R. Barnett 34.8% 72,604
     Libertarian William B. Redpath 2.2% 4,607
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 229
Total Votes 208,556

See also

External links

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