Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Joe Courtney Democratic Party
Joe Courtney.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Connecticut U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Connecticut will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Joe Courtney (D) is running unopposed in the primary election and will face Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh (R) in the general election. Courtney is expected to win re-election in November due to the district's Democratic alignment.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 10, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[3]

Voter registration: To register to vote in the primary, voters can register either by noon on August 11, 2014, or on election day at designated Election Day Registration locations. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 28, 2014 (must be postmarked or received by a voter registration agency by the 14th day before an election). However, voters can also register in person with the relevant Registrar of Voters by the 7th day before the election.[4][5]

See also: Connecticut elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Joe Courtney (D), who was first elected in 2006.

Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District covers the eastern half of the state.[6]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Joe Courtney - Incumbent
Republican Party Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh
Libertarian Party Daniel Reale
Green Party William Clyde

Out in convention

Republican Party Evan Evans

Election results

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Courtney Incumbent 0% 0
     Republican Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh 0% 0
     Libertarian Daniel Reale 0% 0
     Green William Clyde 0% 0
Total Votes 0

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[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] Joe Courtney voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

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.[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. Joe Courtney voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Joe Courtney

Joe Courtney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2013$306,383.17$113,829.66$(49,785.91)$370,426.92
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2013$370,426.92$166,219.75$(51,287.99)$485,358.68
October Quarterly[14]October 13, 2013$485,358.68$236,273.86$(84,576.52)$637,056.02
Year-End[15]January 31, 2014$637,056$181,285$(50,954)$767,386
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2014$767,386$195,715$(50,394)$912,707
Pre-Convention[17]May 2, 2014$912,707$16,870$(21,022)$908,555
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$908,555$137,980$(125,485)$921,051
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2014$921,051$237,180$(453,512)$704,719
Running totals

Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh

Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 12, 2014$0$53,640$(2,118)$51,521
Pre-Convention[21]May 4, 2014$51,521$3,590$(5,317)$49,793
July Quarterly[22]July 12, 2014$49,793$12,091$(14,259)$47,625
Pre-Primary[23]July 25, 2014$47,625$1,720$(5,169)$44,176
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2014$44,176$15,109$(17,433)$41,852
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Joe Courtney (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Paul M Formica, Dan Reale, and Colin D. Bennet in the general election.

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney Incumbent 68.2% 204,708
     Republican Paul M Formica 29.4% 88,103
     Green Colin D. Bennet 1.2% 3,638
     Libertarian Dan Reale 1.2% 3,511
Total Votes 299,960
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Joe Courtney won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Janet Peckinpaugh (R), G. Scott Deshefy (Green), Daniel Reale (Independent) and Muriel P. Bianchi (Independent) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Connecticut District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Courtney incumbent 58.7% 140,888
     Republican Janet Peckinpaugh 39.9% 95,671
     Green G. Scott Deshefy 1.4% 3,344
     Independent Daniel Reale 0% 27
     Independent Muriel P. Bianchi 0% 19
Total Votes 239,949

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. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Connecticut Secretary of State Website, "Election Day Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Connecticut Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  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. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  14. [ Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013]
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Courtney Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Courtney April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Courtney Pre-Convention," accessed July 23, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Courtney July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Joe Courtney October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh Pre-Convention," accessed July 24, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013