Kentucky's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kentucky's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Ed Whitfield Republican Party
Ed Whitfield.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Kentucky U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Kentucky will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Ed Whitfield (R), who was first elected in 1994. He ran unopposed in the primary election. He won re-election in 2012 with almost 70% of the vote.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 28, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kentucky is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 21, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Kentucky elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Ed Whitfield (R), who was first elected in 1994.

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District is located in western Kentucky and stretches across the southern portion of the state. It includes Fulton, Hickman, Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken, Graves, Calloway, Marshall, Lyon, Livington, Trigg, Caldwell, Crittenden, Christian, Todd, Logan, Simpson, Allen, Monroe, Metcalfe, Adair, Taylor, Marion, Casey, Russell, Clinton, Ohio, Muhlenberg, Hopkins, McLean, Webster, Henderson, Webster and Union counties.[8]


General election candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Hatchett 55.5% 38,000
Wesley Bolin 44.5% 30,497
Total Votes 68,497
Source: Results via Associated Press 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.

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.[10] Whitfield joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Ed Whitfield voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[16] 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. Ed Whitfield voted for HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

Ed Whitfield

Ed Whitfield (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$1,500,185.63$160,812.23$(116,595.46)$1,544,402.40
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$1,544,402.40$417,742.03$(115,125.73)$1,847,018.70
October Quarterly[20]October 13, 2013$1,847,018.70$145,102.17$(205,105.65)$1,787,015.22
Year-end[21]January 31, 2014$1,787,015$204,808$(90,892)$1,900,930
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$1,900,930$284,065$(150,365)$2,034,630
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Ed Whitfield (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 69.6% 199,956
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 30.4% 87,199
Total Votes 287,155
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Ed Whitfield won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield incumbent 71.2% 153,840
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 28.8% 62,090
Total Votes 215,930

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 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. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Guide," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Kentucky Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kentucky Secretary of State Election, "Candidate Filings," accessed January 28, 2014
  10. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013