Washington's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jim McDermott Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Washington U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jim McDermott (D) and Craig Keller (R) were the top two vote-getters in the blanket primary. McDermott and Keller will face off in the general election.[3] The race is rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 16, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Washington is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: Voters must have registered to vote in the primary by either July 7, 2014, by mail or online, or July 28, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jim McDermott (D), who was first elected in 1988.

Washington's 7th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and encompasses in King county and a small portion of Snohomish county.[9]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Failed to file

Election results

Blanket primary

U.S. House, Washington District 7, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott Incumbent 76.5% 95,708
Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Keller 9.3% 11,687
Scott Sutherland 6.7% 8,443
Doug McQuaid 6.4% 7,973
Goodspaceguy 1.1% 1,377
Total Votes 125,188
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


Jim McDermott

McDermott has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Seattle Times[12]

Campaign contributions

Jim McDermott

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McDermott's reports.[13]

Jim McDermott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$28,598.93$63,598.69$(28,809.77)$63,387.85
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$63,387.85$59,067.40$(61,652.32)$60,802.93
October Quarterly[16]October 14, 2013$60,802.93$49,598.79$(44,477.20)$65,924.52
Year-end[17]January 31, 2014$65,924$51,204$(37,794)$79,333
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$79,333.91$68,115.45$(53,128.35)$94,321.01
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 7th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jim McDermott won re-election in the district.[19]

U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott Incumbent 79.7% 298,368
     Republican Ron Bemis 20.3% 76,212
Total Votes 374,580
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jim McDermott won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bob Jeffers-Schroder (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Washington District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim McDermott incumbent 83% 232,649
     Independent Bob Jeffers-Schroder 17% 47,741
Total Votes 280,390

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014," accessed August 4, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Associated Press, "Washington - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed June 24, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Washington Secretary of State Office, "Elections & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Washington Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Washington.gov, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 19, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Statement of Candidacy," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. Seattle Times, "Editorial: The Times recommends to return Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith to Congress," July 14, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "McDermott 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  19. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013