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California's 39th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 39th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Edward Royce Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Edward Royce Republican Party
Edward Royce.jpg

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 39th Congressional District of California held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Edward Royce (R) won re-election in 2014. He defeated Peter Anderson (D) 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 Edward R. Royce (R), who was first elected in 1992.

California's 39th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles and Orange counties.[8]


General election candidates

Republican Party Edward Royce Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Peter Anderson

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Edward Royce - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Peter Anderson Approveda

Election results

U.S. House, California District 39 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Royce Incumbent 68.5% 91,319
     Democratic Peter Anderson 31.5% 41,906
Total Votes 133,225
Source: California Secretary of State

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 RepublicansThomas 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] Royce 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] Edward Royce voted for 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. Edward Royce voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Edward Royce

Peter Anderson

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Edward R. Royce (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jay Chen in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 39 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Royce Incumbent 57.8% 145,607
     Democratic Jay Chen 42.2% 106,360
Total Votes 251,967
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Linda Sanchez won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Larry Andre (R) and John Smith (American Independent) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, California District 39 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Sanchez incumbent 63.3% 81,590
     Republican Larry Andre 32.6% 42,037
     American Independent John Smith 4.1% 5,334
Total Votes 128,961

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. The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 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. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 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, "Edward Royce April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Edward Royce October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Peter Anderson April Quarterly," accessed May 6, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Peter Anderson Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Peter Anderson July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Peter Anderson October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013