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]


Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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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 Green Party candidate Lawrence Dale and write-in candidates John Schiess (R) and Rob Taylor (L) 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]

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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

Failed to file

  • Independent Ken Driessen - Independent Populist Party[10][14]

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.

Key votes

Below are important votes Duffy cast during the 113th Congress.

Government affairs

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.[16] Duffy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[17][18]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Duffy voted for 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.[19]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Duffy voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[20]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Duffy voted against 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.[21]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Duffy voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[22]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[23] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various 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.[24][25] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[25] Duffy voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of 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.[26][27] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[27] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[28] It included a 1% 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. Duffy voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[26]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[29] 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.[30] Duffy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[31]

Nay3.pngThe 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.[32] 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. Duffy voted against HR 2775.[33]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Duffy voted for 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.[34] The vote largely followed party lines.[35]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Duffy voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[36]

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.[37]

Sean Duffy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$105,183.08$225,046.85$(107,368.40)$222,861.53
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$222,861.53$330,833.44$(73,943.37)$479,751.60
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$479,751.60$309,805.17$(104,021.21)$685,535.56
Year-end[41]January 31, 2014$685,535$273,454$(95,856)$863,133
April Quarterly[42]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.[43]

Kelly Westlund (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[44]January 31, 2014$0$34,404$(2,524)$31,880
April Quarterly[45]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

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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.[46]

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.[47]

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

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