Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Sean Duffy defeated Don Raihala, who previously ran as a Democrat for the seat, in the Republican primary. Kelly Westlund defeated Mike Krsiean, who previously ran as an independent candidate, in the Democratic primary.[3] Duffy and Westlund will face write-in candidate John Schiess (R) and Green Party candidate Lawrence Dale in the general election.[4] The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
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.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: {{Greener2 | start=10/15/2014 10:00am CST | before= To vote in the primary, voters can either register in person on election day, or needed to register by July 23, 2014 by mail. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 15, 2014 (up to 20 days before election).Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Sean Duffy (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District includes Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Marathon, Portage, Wood, Clark, Taylor, Chippewa, Rusk, Sawyer, Washburn, Barron, Polk and Burnett counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 89.5% 12,516
Don Raihala 10.5% 1,476
Total Votes 13,992
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Westlund 76.7% 9,403
Michael Krsiean 23.3% 2,862
Total Votes 12,265
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 Duffy 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.[15] Duffy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[16][17]

Campaign contributions

Sean Duffy

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

Sean Duffy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$105,183.08$225,046.85$(107,368.40)$222,861.53
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$222,861.53$330,833.44$(73,943.37)$479,751.60
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2013$479,751.60$309,805.17$(104,021.21)$685,535.56
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$685,535$273,454$(95,856)$863,133
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$860,351.15$259,287.79$(136,481.23)$983,157.71
Running totals
$1,398,427.25$(517,670.21)

Kelly Westlund

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

Kelly Westlund (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[25]January 31, 2014$0$34,404$(2,524)$31,880
April Quarterly[26]March 26, 2014$31,880.13$132,127.42$(66,511.07)$97,496.48
Running totals
$166,531.42$(69,035.07)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Sean Duffy won re-election in the district.[27]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
     Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Sean Duffy won election to the United States House. He defeated Julie M. Lassa (D) and Gary Kauther (Independent No War No Bailout) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy 52.1% 132,551
     Democratic Julie M. Lassa 44.4% 113,018
     Independent No War No Bailout Gary Kauther 3.3% 8,397
     N/A Scattering 0.2% 423
Total Votes 254,389

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 12, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Associated Press, "Wisconsin - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 12, 2014
  4. JSOnline.com, "7th District candidates try new strategies to unseat Duffy," accessed August 11, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed August 11, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. Wisconsin Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed June 3, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Statement of Candidacy," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registered Write‐in Candidates for August 12, 2014 Partisan Primary," accessed July 22, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "Democratic Official Challenges Sean Duffy in Wisconsin", accessed December 9, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed June 13, 2014
  15. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Duffy 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Westlund 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 8, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 8, 2014
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Wisconsin"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013