Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Glenn Grothman Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Petri Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]


Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. State Sen. Glenn Grothman defeated Joe Leibham in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014, by 219 votes.[3][4][5] Leibham announced on August 22 that he would not request a recount. In response Grothman said, "I think all of the candidates in this race ran campaigns to be proud of. I am grateful that Sen. Leibham has chosen not to seek a recount in this race and I wish him well in his future endeavors."[5] Grothman defeated Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf in the general election to win retiring Rep. Tom Petri's seat. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[6]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15, 2014 (20 days before election).[10]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Incumbent: Tom Petri (R), who was first elected in 1979, chose to retire at the end of his term, leaving the seat open in 2014.[11]

Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District includes all or parts of Columbia County, Dodge County, Fond du Lac County, Green Lake County, Manitowoc County, Marquette County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Sheboygan County, Waushara County and Winnebago County.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party August 12, 2014, Republican Primary

Failed to file

Declined to run

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Grothman 56.8% 169,767
     Democratic Mark Harris 40.9% 122,212
     Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf 2.3% 6,865
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 189
Total Votes 299,033
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Republican primary

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Grothman 36.2% 23,247
Joe Leibham 35.8% 23,028
Duey Stroebel 24.7% 15,873
Tom Denow 3.3% 2,117
Scattering 0% 30
Total Votes 64,295
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Race background

Tom Petri

Tom Petri (R), who was first elected in 1979, decided to retire at the end of his term rather than seek re-election in 2014.[11]

Refused to endorse

Retiring Rep. Tom Petri refused to endorse Republican candidate Glenn Grothman.[22]

Endorsements

Glenn Grothman

Grothman was endorsed by the following people:

Media

Glenn Grothman


Glenn Grothman for Congress TV Ad, "Time to Say No."

Glenn Grothman for Congress TV ad, "Caving In."

Mark Harris


Harris for Wisconsin Ad: "Real Glenn Grothman."

Duey Stroebel


Duey Stroebel for Congress, "Future."

Duey Stroebel for Congress, “Compromise.”

Duey Stroebel for Congress, "Work For Us."

Duey Stroebel for Congress, "Security."

Joseph Leibham


"Meet Joe Leibham."

"Happy Father's Day."

"Refused to Back Down."

Campaign contributions

Mark Harris

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

Mark Harris (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[25]July 14, 2014$0.00$37,320.00$(12,167.49)$25,152.51
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2014$42,427.74$114,467.79$(15,955.63)$140,939.90
Running totals
$151,787.79$(28,123.12)

Glenn Grothman

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Grothman's reports.[27]

Glenn Grothman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[28]July 31, 2014$0.00$147,638.64$(77,152.95)$70,485.69
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2014$159,621.25$372,519.75$(386,320.50)$145,820.50
Running totals
$520,158.39$(463,473.45)

Tom Petri

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Petri's reports prior to his announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2014.[30]

Tom Petri (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$919,744.12$57,150.21$(71,935.81)$904,958.52
July Quarterly[32]July 14, 2013$904,958.52$137,830.27$(58,087.22)$984,701.57
October Quarterly[33]October 12, 2013$984,701.57$62,194.60$(79,459.05)$967,437.12
Year-end[34]January 31, 2014$967,437$56,807$(67,268)$956,975
Running totals
$313,982.08$(276,750.08)

District history

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2012

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

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Kallas 37.8% 135,921
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Petri Incumbent 62.1% 223,460
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 364
Total Votes 359,745
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Petri won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Joseph C. Kallas (D) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Petri incumbent 70.7% 183,271
     Democratic Joseph C. Kallas 29.3% 75,926
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 170
Total Votes 259,367

See also

External links

References

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