California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 31st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Gary Miller Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 31st Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary 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 Gary Miller (R), who was first elected in 1998. Miller is not seeking re-election in 2014.

California's 31st Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County.[5]

Candidates

Withdrew

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With the retirement announcement of incumbent Gary Miller (R), the Democratic Party should be able to take control of the district in November. There are already several strong Democratic candidates vying for the position. The district could become a battleground, should a single Republican candidate stand out.[6]

Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[7] 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.[8] Gary Miller voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

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.[10] 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. Gary Miller voted for HR 2775.[11]

Endorsements

Pete Aguilar

The following Democratic representatives endorsed Aguilar in his primary battle:[12][13][14]

Aguilar also received the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[15]

Aguilar received the backing of the California Democratic Party at its state convention. He received the support of 74% of the delegates compared to Reyes' 18%.[16]

A full list of endorsements can be found here.

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Reyes received the endorsement of Rep. Xavier Becerra. This endorsement breaks with that of the DCCC, which endorsed Pete Aguilar early in the race.[17] Reps. Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Jackie Speier endorsed her as well.

Reyes also received the endorsement of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She said, "In this day and age when the powerful special interests are gaining even more power, the working families that make our country strong need a strong voice and their own tenacious fighter in Congress. Eloise Gomez Reyes is the person for the job. She has spent her entire career fighting for working families and people who can’t fight for themselves."[18]

On August 6, 2013, Reyes received the endorsement of EMILY's List.[19]

A full list of endorsements can be found here.

Joe Baca

Baca reported receiving endorsements from 27 House Democrats. They are as follows:[20]

Campaign contributions

Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$19,648.45$16.64$(2,623.88)$17,041.21
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$17,041.21$301,863.62$(28,548.32)$290,356.51
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$290,356.51$200,234.82$(52,865.57)$437,725.76
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$437,725$147,086$(61,248)$523,564
Running totals
$649,201.08$(145,285.77)

Joe Baca

Joe Baca (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$8,535.87$17,608.19$(19,760.79)$6,383.27
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2013$6,383.27$38,272.23$(17,243.90)$27,411.60
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2013$27,411.60$36,444.05$(27,249.88)$36,605.77
Year-End[28]January 31, 2014$36,605$20,484$(35,723)$21,367
Running totals
$112,808.47$(99,977.57)

Danny Tillman

Danny Tillman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[29]July 12, 2013$0.00$6,738.00$(5,137.74)$1,600.26
October Quarterly[30]October 12, 2013$1,600.00$4,967.00$(4,234.00)$2,333.00
Year-End[31]January 30, 2014$2,333$4,034$(4,000)$2,367
Running totals
$15,739$(13,371.74)

Eloise Gomez Reyes

Eloise Gomez Reyes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[32]July 16, 2013$0.00$203,706.12$(9,931.77)$193,774.35
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$193,774.35$111,814.82$(31,097.59)$274,491.58
Year-End[34]January 29, 2014$274,491$302,084$(97,679)$478,896
Running totals
$617,604.94$(138,708.36)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Gary Miller (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bob Dutton in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Miller Incumbent 55.2% 88,964
     Republican Bob Dutton 44.8% 72,255
Total Votes 161,219
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Xavier Becerra won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Stephen Smith (R) and Sal Genovese (Write-in) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, California District 31 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngXavier Becerra incumbent 83.8% 76,363
     Republican Stephen Smith 16.2% 14,740
     Write-in Sal Genovese 0% 3
Total Votes 91,106

See also

External links

References

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  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. Politico, "California's Gary Miller to leave Congress," February 12, 2014
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "Two House Democrats Back Aguilar Over Baca #CA31," May 6, 2013
  13. Roll Call, "Ten House Democrats Endorse Pete Aguilar #CA31," May 22, 2013
  14. Roll Call, "Gavin Newsom, Zoe Lofgren Take Sides in Crowded House Primary | #CA31," August 19, 2013
  15. The Hill, "Feinstein endorses Calif. House candidate over ex-Rep. Baca," July 10, 2013
  16. Pete Aguilar campaign website, "Pete Aguilar Receives Backing Of California Democratic Party For CD 31 Seat," March 9, 2014
  17. Huffington Post, "Split In Democratic Party Establishment As Xavier Becerra Endorses Eloise Gomez Reyes," February 21, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "Hilda Solis Endorses in California House Primary," February 24, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "EMILY’s List Backs Six House Candidates," August 6, 2013
  20. Roll Call, "Ex-Rep. Joe Baca Touts 30 Endorsements From House Democrats #CA31," May 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Pete Aguilar Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Baca Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Tillman July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Tillman October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Tillman Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Eloise Gomez Reyes July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Eloise Gomez Reyes October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Eloise Gomez Reyes Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013