Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Virginia's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary

November 4 Election Winner:
Robert C. Scott Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Robert C. Scott Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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

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The 3rd Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bobby Scott had an easy path to re-election. He did not face a primary challenger, and he ran unopposed in the general election.
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.[3]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (22 days before election).[4]

See also: Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Robert C. Scott (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Charles City, colonial Heights City, Surry, Hampton City and Norfolk City counties.[5]

Candidates

General election candidates

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Election results

U.S. House, Virginia District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. Scott Incumbent 94.4% 139,197
     N/A Write-in 5.6% 8,205
Total Votes 147,402
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Race background

Racial gerrymandering

Three voters--Dawn Curry Page, Gloria Personhuballah and James Farkas--in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District have accused Virginia's General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering," according to the Times Dispatch.[9]

Page, Personhuballah and Farkas "allege that the district’s current boundaries make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents by diminishing the influence of African-American voters in these areas. The complaint also alleges that by increasing the black voting-age population in the district from 53.1 percent to 56.3 percent, the General Assembly decreased the black population in the surrounding districts, diluting minority influence there.” A judge began hearing arguments May 21, 2014.[9]

Redistricting

On October 8, 2014, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that Virginia's 3rd Congressional District be redrawn by April 1. Quentin Kidd, a political analyst at Christopher Newport University called the redistricting “potentially pretty dramatic." He explained, “They’re going to have to pull 40,000 to 45,000 African-American voters out of the 3rd District." The voters will be moved into the surrounding districts.[10]

Campaign contributions

Robert Scott

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scott's reports.[11]

Robert C. Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$62,943.83$2,166.91$(27,577.30)$37,533.44
July Quarterly[13]June 15, 2013$37,533.44$53,440.31$(24,852.87)$66,120.88
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2013$66,120.88$19,842.48$(41,857.23)$44,106.13
Year-end[15]January 31, 2014$44,106$32,512$(21,155)$55,463
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$55,463.59$50,829.00$(41,313.59)$64,979.00
Running totals
$158,790.7$(156,755.99)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Robert C. Scott won re-election in the district.[17]

U.S. House, Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. Scott Incumbent 81.3% 259,199
     Republican Dean Longo 18.5% 58,931
     Write-In N/A 0.3% 806
Total Votes 318,936
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Robert C. Scott won re-election to the United States House. He defeated C.L. "Chuck" Smith, Jr. (R), John D. Kelly (I) and James J. Quigley (L) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, Virginia District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. Scott incumbent 70% 114,754
     Republican C.L. "Chuck" Smith, Jr. 27.2% 44,553
     Independent John D. Kelly 1.2% 2,039
     Libertarian James J. Quigley 1.5% 2,383
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 171
Total Votes 163,900

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Code of Virginia, "Title 24.2, Section 530," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. Virginia State Board of Elections Website, "Become a Registered Voter," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Virginia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  6. FreedomOutpost.com, "Virginia Libertarian Party has Recruited Candidates for each of the State’s 11 Congressional Districts," accessed June 2, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Elections, "List of Candidates," accessed July 24, 2014
  8. GSforCongress.com, "Home," accessed June 2, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Times Dispatch, "Suit seeks to redraw Scott’s congressional district," accessed May 21, 2014
  10. Stafford County Sun, "Federal court throws out boundaries of Virginia's 3rd District," accessed October 20, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Year-end Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  17. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013