Washington's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Reichert Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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

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The 8th Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dave Reichert (R) and Jason Ritchie (D) were the top two vote-getters in the blanket primary, and they will move on to the general election.[3] The race is rated a "Safe Republican" 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 Dave Reichert (R), who was first elected in 2004.

Washington's 8th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Pierce, King, Kittitas and Chelan counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican candidates

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Election results

Blanket primary

U.S. House, Washington District 8, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert Incumbent 62.8% 53,907
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Ritchie 28.4% 24,368
Keith Arnold 8.8% 7,540
Total Votes 85,815
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Below are important votes that Reichert cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.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--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[13] Reichert joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

Endorsements

Dave Reichert

Reichert has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Seattle Times[16]

Jason Ritchie

Ritchie has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Campaign contributions

Dave Reichert

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Reichert's reports.[18]

Dave Reichert (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$87,225.45$67,251.65$(59,340.81)$95,136.29
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$95,136.29$173,040.00$(67,977.07)$200,199.22
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2013$200,199.22$177,786.94$(74,508.20)$303,477.96
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$303,477$116,155$(64,890)$354,743
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$354,743.36$171,548.45$(104,392.64)$421,899.17
Running totals
$705,782.04$(371,108.72)

Jason Ritchie

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ritchie's reports.[24]

Jason Ritchie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[25]January 31, 2014$0$89,500$(1,668)$87,831
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$87,831.34$14,039.64$(21,500.85)$80,370.13
Running totals
$103,539.64$(23,168.85)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Dave Reichert won re-election in the district.[27]

U.S. House, Washington District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert Incumbent 59.7% 180,204
     Democratic Karen Porterfield 40.3% 121,886
Total Votes 302,090
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Dave Reichert won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Suzan DelBene (D) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Reichert incumbent 52.1% 161,296
     Democratic Suzan DelBene 47.9% 148,581
Total Votes 309,877

See also

External links

References

  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. 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 Associated Press, "Washington - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 5, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Statement of Candidacy," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. Washington.gov, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 19, 2014
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Seattle Times, "Editorial: The Times recommends to re-elect Dave Reichert in 8th Congressional District," July 14, 2014
  17. "The Stranger", "Endorsements for the August Primary Election!", July 23, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Reichert 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ritchie 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 7, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 7, 2014
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013