California's 25th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 25th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Stephen Knight Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Buck McKeon 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 25th Congressional District of California held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Tony Strickland (R) won election in 2014. He defeated Stephen Knight (R) in the general election.[3]

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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[7]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Buck McKeon (R), who was first elected in 1992. McKeon did not seek re-election in 2014.

California's 25th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Tony Strickland
Republican Party Stephen Knight Green check mark transparent.png


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Lee Rogers
Democratic Party Evan Thomas
Republican Party Troy Castagna
Republican Party Stephen Knight - State Senator Approveda
Republican Party Navraj Singh
Republican Party Tony Strickland - Former state senator Approveda
Libertarian Party David Bruce
Independent Michael Mussack

Withdrew

Democratic Party Jorge Puentes[9]


Election results

General election

U.S. House, California District 25 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Knight 53.5% 46,610
     Republican Tony Strickland 46.5% 40,491
Total Votes 87,101
Source: California Secretary of State (100% reporting) Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Primary election

U.S. House, California District 25 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTony Strickland 29.6% 19,090
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Knight 28.4% 18,327
     Democratic Lee Rogers 22.2% 14,315
     Democratic Evan Thomas 9.5% 6,149
     Republican Troy Castagna 5.9% 3,805
     Libertarian David Bruce 1.9% 1,214
     Independent Michael Mussack 1.4% 933
     Republican Navraj Singh 1.1% 699
Total Votes 64,532
Source: California Secretary of State

Endorsements

After being defeated in the primary, Lee Rogers (D) endorsed Stephen Knight (R) over Tony Strickland (R). Rogers called Knight "an honest man with integrity." He continued, "To the contrary, Tony Strickland is a politician in search of a district. Recommending a Republican for Congress may not sit well with some in my party, but I didn’t create the rules and I care too much about our district to let it fall to a dishonest carpetbagger who is interested only in himself, like Tony Strickland."[10]

Media

Lee Rogers


Lee Rogers' first TV ad

Lee Rogers' second TV ad

Tony Strickland


Tony Strickland ad - Principles

Buck McKeon endorsement of Strickland

Key votes

Below are important votes the 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.[11] McKeon joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] Buck McKeon voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. Buck McKeon voted for HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Lee Rogers

Lee Rogers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$19,881$8$(19,366)$523
July Quarterly[20]July 9, 2013$523$194$(1)$715
October Quarterly[21]October 8, 2013$715$226,957$(46,730)$180,942
Year-End[22]January 31, 2014$180,942$93,940$(86,686)$188,196
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$188,196$204,298$(131,197)$261,297
Pre-Primary[24]May 22, 2014$261,297$46,103$(260,540)$46,860
Running totals
$571,500$(544,520)

Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[25]January 27, 2014$0$1,873$(1,309)$563
April Quarterly[26]April 10, 2014$563$9,570$(8,901)$1,233
Pre-Primary[27]May 19, 2014$1,233$2,887$(2,289)$1,831
Running totals
$14,330$(12,499)

Stephen Knight

Stephen Knight (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[28]January 31, 2014$0$21,888$(187)$21,700
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$21,700$89,887$(14,841)$96,746
Pre-Primary[30]May 22, 2014$96,746$40,326$(93,824)$43,247
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$43,247$35,177$(65,611)$12,813
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2014$12,813$111,600$(54,760)$69,653
Running totals
$298,878$(229,223)

Troy Castagna

Troy Castagna (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$0$116,765$(6,429)$110,335
Pre-Primary[34]May 22, 2014$110,335$65,025$(71,899)$103,461
Running totals
$181,790$(78,328)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Castagna's committee owed $125,500 in outstanding loans to Troy Castagna.

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Buck McKeon (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lee Rogers in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 25 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBuck McKeon Incumbent 54.8% 129,593
     Democratic Lee Rogers 45.2% 106,982
Total Votes 236,575
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Buck McKeon won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jackie Conaway (D) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, California District 25 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBuck McKeon incumbent 61.8% 118,308
     Democratic Jackie Conaway 38.2% 73,028
Total Votes 191,336

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
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  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. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  9. Jorge Puentes' Campaign website, accessed October 11, 2013
  10. Roll Call, "California Democrat Endorses Republican Opponent," June 4, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  20. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Rogers July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Rogers October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Rogers Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Rogers April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Lee Rogers Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Evan Thomas Year-End," accessed May 5, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Evan Thomas April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Evan Thomas Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
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  31. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Stephen Knight October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Troy Castagna April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Troy Castagna Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013