Washington's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Adam Smith 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 9th Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Adam Smith (D) and Doug Basler (R) 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 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 was October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Adam Smith (D), who was first elected in 1996.

Washington's 9th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes in King county and a tiny portion of Pierce county.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

Blanket primary

U.S. House, Washington District 9, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 63.1% 46,251
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Basler 28.2% 20,674
Don Rivers 5.7% 4,190
Mark Greene 2.9% 2,136
Total Votes 73,251
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Smith voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Smith voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Smith voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Smith voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Smith voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Smith joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[20] 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.[21] Smith voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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.[23] 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. Smith voted for HR 2775.[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Smith voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Smith has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

Endorsements

Adam Smith

Smith has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

  • The Seattle Times[28]

Campaign contributions

Adam Smith

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[29]

Adam Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 23, 2013$282,956.05$86,866.81$(79,434.05)$290,388.81
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$290,388.81$197,205.00$(97,892.45)$389,701.36
October Quarterly[32]October 14, 2013$389,701.36$164,255.20$(74,456.67)$479,499.89
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$479,499$65,737$(100,422)$444,814
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$444,814.12$110,549.94$(84,854.49)$470,509.57
Running totals
$624,613.95$(437,059.66)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 9th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Adam Smith won re-election in the district.[35]

U.S. House, Washington District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith Incumbent 71.6% 192,034
     Republican Jim Postma 28.4% 76,105
Total Votes 268,139
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Adam Smith won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Richard (Dick) Muri (R) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, Washington District 9 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Smith incumbent 54.9% 123,743
     Republican Richard (Dick) Muri 45.1% 101,851
Total Votes 225,594

See also

External links

References

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  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.
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  9. Washington Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
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  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Washington.gov, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 19, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 17, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 17, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Smith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 17, 2013
  28. Seattle Times, "Editorial: The Times recommends to return Reps. Jim McDermott and Adam Smith to Congress," July 14, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  35. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Washington"
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013