California's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Paul Cook Republican Party
John Paul Cook.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 8th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Paul Cook (D) and Bob Conaway (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3. Cook is expected to easily win re-election in November due to his incumbency and the district's Republican 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.[3][4][5]

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).[6]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Paul Cook (R), who was first elected in 2006.

California's 8th Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes the counties of Mono, Inyo and San Bernardino.[7]


General election candidates

Republican Party Paul Cook
Democratic Party Bob Conaway

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Paul Cook - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Paul Hannosh
Democratic Party Bob Conaway Approveda
Democratic Party Odessia Lee


Democratic Party John Pinkerton
Republican Party Rodney Lee Conover

Primary results

U.S. House, California District 8 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook Incumbent 58.1% 40,007
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Conaway 18.7% 12,885
     Republican Paul Hannosh 13.1% 9,037
     Democratic Odessia Lee 10.1% 6,930
Total Votes 68,859
Source: California Secretary of State

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.[8] Cook joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Paul Cook voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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.[14] 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. Paul Cook voted for HR 2775.[15]

Campaign contributions

Paul Cook

Paul Cook (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$26,032.84$67,413.78$(32,421.70)$61,024.92
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$61,024.92$116,770.00$(37,648.94)$140,145.98
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$140,145.98$101,479.00$(23,729.75)$217,895.23
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$217,895$122,579$(21,386)$319,088
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$319,088$152,744$(44,828)$427,003
Pre-Primary[21]May 22, 2014$427,003$36,353$(34,648)$428,708
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2014$428,708$34,374$(24,378)$438,704
Running totals

Paul Hannosh

Paul Hannosh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 13, 2014$229$14,110$(13,946)$393
Pre-Primary[24]May 21, 2014$393$785$(621)$557
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Paul Cook (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gregg Imus in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cook 57.4% 103,093
     Republican Greg Imus 42.6% 76,551
Total Votes 179,644
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Nancy Pelosi won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John Dennis (R), Gloria La Riva (P&F), Philip Berg (L) and Summer Shields (Write-in) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, California District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Pelosi incumbent 80.1% 167,957
     Republican John Dennis 15.1% 31,711
     Peace and Freedom Gloria La Riva 2.5% 5,161
     Libertarian Philip Berg 2.3% 4,843
     Write-in Summer Shields 0% 24
Total Votes 209,696

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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. California Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Cook July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Hannosh April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Hannosh Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013