Louisiana's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Fleming Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Fleming Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent John Fleming (R), who was first elected in 2008, defeated challenger Randall Lord (I) in the general election. He won re-election with 75% of the vote in 2012.

Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana 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. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was November 5, 2014.[7][8]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Fleming (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Louisiana's 4th Congressional District encompasses the western portion of the state. St. Landry, Evangeline, Allen, Beauregard, Vernon, Sabine, Natchitoches, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Cialborne and Union parishes are included in the district.[9]

Candidates

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Elections

General election results

The 4th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Fleming (R) defeated challenger Randall Lord (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming Incumbent 73.43% 152,683
     Libertarian Randall Lord 26.57% 55,236
Total Votes 207,919
Source: Louisiana 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 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.[11] Fleming joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

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.[14] 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.[15] John Fleming voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. John Fleming voted against HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

John Fleming

John Fleming (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 11, 2013$481,211.43$234,583.90$(83,313.46)$632,481.87
July Quarterly[20]July 18, 2013$632,481.87$201,496.11$(119,040.10)$714,937.88
October Quarterly[21]October 13, 2013$714,937.88$156,156.92$(155,365.20)$715,729.60
Year-end[22]January 31, 2014$715,729$106,359$(123,526)$698,562
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$698,562$405,139$(100,660)$1,003,041
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2014$1,003,041$197,459$(108,527)$1,092,399
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2014$1,072,863$90,569$(64,982)$1,098,450
Running totals
$1,391,762.93$(755,413.76)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, John Fleming (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Randall Lord in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming Incumbent 75.3% 187,894
     Libertarian Randall Lord 24.7% 61,637
Total Votes 249,531
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Fleming won re-election to the United States House. He defeated David Melville (D) and Artis Cash (Independent) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Fleming incumbent 62.3% 105,223
     Democratic David Melville 32.4% 54,609
     Independent Artis Cash 5.3% 8,962
Total Votes 168,794

See also

External links

References

  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. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Search Election Dates," accessed September 4, 2014
  9. Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 Louisiana Elections and Voting, "Candidate list," accessed August 27, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013