California's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Thompson Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Mike Thompson (D) and James Hinton (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Thompson 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 Mike Thompson (D), who was first elected in 1998.

California's 5th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and is centered in Napa County. It also contains portions of Lake and Sonoma counties.[5]

Candidates

Note: Primary election results are unofficial and subject to change
General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike Thompson
Independent James Hinton


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Mike Thompson - Incumbent Approveda
Independent James Hinton Approveda
Independent Doug Van Raam

Withdrew

Republican Party Stewart Cilley

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 5 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 80.5% 63,035
     Independent James Hinton 11.1% 8,726
     Independent Douglas Van Raam 8.4% 6,581
Total Votes 78,342
Source: The New York Times Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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] Mike Thompson 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. Mike Thompson voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Mike Thompson

Mike Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$1,317,030.35$210,116.03$(169,641.94)$1,357,504.44
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$1,357,504.44$261,347.66$(148,681.86)$1,470,170.24
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$1,470,170.24$167,860.66$(171,101.00)$1,466,929.90
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$1,466,929$209,164$(183,694)$1,492,399
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$1,492,399$203,445$(148,349)$1,547,496
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$1,547,496$83,124$(58,887)$1,571,732
Running totals
$1,135,057.35$(880,354.8)

Doug Van Raam

Doug Van Raam (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 11, 2014$0$1,826$(1,745)$81
Running totals
$1,826$(1,745)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Mike Thompson (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Randy Loftin in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Thompson Incumbent 74.5% 202,872
     Republican Randy Loftin 25.5% 69,545
Total Votes 272,417
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Doris Matsui won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Paul Smith (R), Gerald Allen Frink (Peace and Freedom) and Tony Lacy (Write-in) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House, California District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDoris Matsui incumbent 72% 124,220
     Republican Paul Smith 25.3% 43,577
     Peace and Freedom Gerald Allen Frink 2.7% 4,594
     Write-in Tony Lacy 0% 19
Total Votes 172,410

See also

External links

References

  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, "Mike Thompson April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Thompson July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Thompson October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Thompson Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Thompson April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Thompson Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Doug Van Raam 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