Alabama's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Alabama's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Martha Roby Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Alabama will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Martha Roby was unchallenged in the primary. She will face Erick Wright (D) in November and is expected to easily win re-election due to the district's Republican alignment. Alabama's 2nd District has been held by the Republican Party since the 1964 election, except for one term held by Democrat Bobby Bright. Bright represented the district from 2009 to 2011 and was defeated in his 2010 re-election bid by current incumbent Martha Roby.[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alabama 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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 24, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days prior to the general election).[7]

See also: Alabama elections, 2014

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

Alabama's 2nd Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state. Bullock, Barbour, Henry, Houston, Geneva, Dale, Coffee, Crenshaw, Butler, Covington, Antauga, Elmore and Conecuh counties are included in the new district boundaries.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Martha Roby
Democratic Party Erick Wright


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent 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.[9] Roby joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[10][11]

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.[12] 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.[13] Martha Roby voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.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.[15] 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. Martha Roby voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Martha Roby

Martha Roby (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$186,496.35$168,078.25$(71,959.58)$282,615.02
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$282,615.02$125,077.02$(58,258.25)$349,433.79
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$349,433.79$204,445.08$(72,123.34)$481,755.53
Year-End[20]January 23, 2014$481,755$109,675$(78,299)$513,130
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$513,130$143,090$(89,346)$566,874
Pre-Primary[22]May 22, 2014$566,874$32,100$(123,075)$475,898
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$475,898$107,765$(19,480)$564,183
Running totals
$890,230.35$(512,541.17)

Erick Wright

Erick Wright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[24]July 14, 2014$3,776$2,909$(6,608)$77
Running totals
$2,909$(6,608)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Martha Roby (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Therese Ford in the general election.

U.S. House, Alabama District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Therese Ford 36.3% 103,092
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Roby Incumbent 63.6% 180,591
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 270
Total Votes 283,953
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Martha Roby won election to the United States House. She defeated Bobby Bright (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Alabama District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Roby 51.1% 111,645
     Democratic Bobby Bright incumbent 48.9% 106,865
Total Votes 218,510

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. U.S. House Clerk, "2010 Election Statistics," accessed July 15, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Alabama Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Alabama Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  9. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Martha Roby July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Erick Wright July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013