California's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 20th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Sam Farr Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 20th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Sam Farr (D) and Ronald Paul Kabat (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3 unopposed. Farr is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

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

Primary: California 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[4]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Sam Farr (D), who was first elected in 1992.

California's 20th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes the counties of San Benito and Monterey.[5]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Sam Farr
Independent Ronald Paul Kabat

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Sam Farr - Incumbent Approveda
Independent Ronald Paul Kabat Approveda

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[6] 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.[7] Sam Farr voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[9] 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. Sam Farr voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Sam Farr

Sam Farr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2013$73,918.48$32,650.00$(35,836.77)$70,731.71
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$70,731.71$190,546.07$(124,706.28)$136,571.50
October Quarterly[13]October 11, 2013$136,571.50$88,536.44$(74,256.49)$150,851.45
Year-End[14]January 30, 2014$150,851$62,545$(46,731)$166,666
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$166,666$48,345$(69,715)$145,295
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$145,295$37,118$(18,561)$163,852
Running totals

Ronald Paul Kabat

Ronald Paul Kabat (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 10, 2014$43$6,476$(6,401)$118
Running totals

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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On November 6, 2012, Sam Farr (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeff Taylor in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Farr Incumbent 74.1% 172,996
     Republican Jeff Taylor 25.9% 60,566
Total Votes 233,562
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jim Costa won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Andy Vidak (R) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, California District 20 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa incumbent 51.7% 46,247
     Republican Andy Vidak 48.3% 43,197
Total Votes 89,444

See also

External links


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  6. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  7. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Sam Farr Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Ronald Paul Kabat April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013