California's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 21st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
David Valadao Republican Party
David Valadao.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 21st Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Our analysis points to California's 21st Congressional District being a battleground with a current Republican incumbent that leans Democratic. Cook's PVI shows the district as D+2, while Fairvote rates the district as a Toss Up.[3][4] The district was also won by President Barack Obama by 11.1% in 2012 and 6% in 2008. Additionally, incumbent David Valadao is a freshman representative.

Valadao will face Amanda Renteria (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

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.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[8]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is David G. Valadao (R), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 21st Congressional District is located in the south-central portion of the state and includes Kings County and parts of Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties.[9]


General election candidates

Republican Party David Valadao
Democratic Party Amanda Renteria

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party David Valadao - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Amanda Renteria[10] Approveda
Democratic Party John Hernandez[11]

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 21 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Valadao Incumbent 63% 28,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Renteria 25.6% 11,682
     Democratic John Hernandez 11.5% 5,232
Total Votes 45,687
Source: California Secretary of State


David Valadao vs. Amanda Renteria
Poll David Valadao Amanda RenteriaUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA (September 3-8, 2014)
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SEIU launched an ad campaign on July 15, 2014, targeting four Republican incumbents in the U.S. House over their chamber’s inaction on immigration reform in 2014.

The ad campaign targeted Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, Valadao of California and Joe Heck of Nevada with a round of Spanish-language television ads for about two weeks. The ad buy was in the mid-six figures.[12]

Amanda Renteria

Renteria released a pair of TV ads in May 2014, one in English and one in Spanish.[13]


David Valadao

Valadao's campaign website lists the following issues:[14]

  • Jobs and the Economy: "Too many Americans are out of work, especially across California’s 21st Congressional District. The unemployment rate in the San Joaquin Valley rests at approximately 17% with many areas exceeding an outrageous unemployment rate of 32%. David knows that needless regulations kill jobs and increased taxes hurt small businesses, the backbone of our nation’s economy. He is working to pass common sense legislation that will put Americans, especially those in the Central Valley, back to work."
  • Water: "In the Central Valley, life as we know it is dependent upon securing a reliable and clean supply of water. Farmers, families, and entire communities must receive the water they need to strengthen the economy and raise our families. David knows that a safe and stable water supply is critical to the Central Valley and the State’s $35 billion agriculture industry. In Congress, he is fighting to address our local needs during the drought. The passage of his bill, H.R. 3964, The San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, will help bring relief to the Central Valley."
  • Agriculture: "As a dairy farmer and a Member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, California’s agriculture industry is extremely important to David. David knows what it takes to ensure California remains an agricultural superpower. California’s diverse agricultural economy is a $35 billion dollar industry that produces over 400 commodities and accounts for over a half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. It is important that we ensure our farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to produce our food supply and that they continue to remain competitive internationally."
  • Education: "As the father of three, one of David’s top priorities is ensuring every child has access to a quality, affordable education. He knows the “one-size-fits-all” approach of Washington bureaucrats only hinders the education of our nation’s children. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student. Education should be more comprehensive at all levels and David supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students."
  • Spending: "David believes that Washington should live by the same rules as every American family, which means they must balance the budget and spend no more than what they take in. Today’s government spends, borrows, and taxes its people too much. Our national debt has surpassed $17 trillion, nearly $53,000 for every man woman and child in America. David strongly opposes wasteful projects, such as the construction of a high-speed rail system throughout California which will cost tax payers billions of dollars with little added benefit."


—David Valadao's campaign website,

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

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.[19] 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.[20] David Valadao voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Yea3.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.[22] 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. David Valadao voted for HR 2775.[23]

Campaign contributions

David Valadao

David Valadao (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$134,784.29$88,403.65$(86,386.36)$136,801.58
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$136,801.58$375,691.29$(63,678.14)$448,814.73
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$448,814.73$244,836.64$(108,810.82)$584,840.55
Year-End[27]January 31, 2014$584,840$232,646$(140,952)$676,734
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$676,734$341,769$(166,419)$852,084
Pre-Primary[29]May 22, 2014$852,084$193,934$(78,891)$967,127
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2014$967,127$358,754$(86,244)$1,239,637
Running totals

Amanda Renteria

Amanda Renteria (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[31]January 31, 2014$0$337,992$(81,255)$256,737
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$256,737$303,468$(136,239)$423,965
Pre-Primary[33]May 22, 2014$423,965$112,525$(207,687)$328,803
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2014$328,803$289,916$(221,821)$396,898
Running totals

John Hernandez

John Hernandez (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 18, 2014$0$6,894$(9,202)$-2,307
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, David G. Valadao (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated John Hernandez in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Valadao 57.8% 67,164
     Democratic John Hernandez 42.2% 49,119
Total Votes 116,283
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Devin Nunes won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, California District 21 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDevin Nunes incumbent 100% 135,979
Total Votes 135,979

See also

External links


  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. FairVote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed November 5, 2013
  4. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS," accessed April 4, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  10. Roll Call, "Democrats Ready to Land Recruit in Elusive California District," September 18, 2013
  11. The Fresno Bee, "Political notebook: John Hernandez to seek rematch with David Valadao," October 11, 2013
  12. Politico, "Service Employees International Union targets four House Republicans," accessed July 15, 2014
  13. National Journal, "Latina Democratic House Candidate Releases Spanish, English TV Ads in California," accessed May 7, 2014
  14. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 12, 2014
  15. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "David Valadao July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Amanda Renteria July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "John Hernandez April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013