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Louisiana's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

December 6 Runoff Winner:
Garret Graves Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Cassidy Republican Party
Bill Cassidy.jpg

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
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

The election was decided in a runoff vote between Edwin Edwards (D) and Garret Graves (R) due to no candidate winning the majority of votes in the general election. Graves defeated Edwards in the runoff election on December 6, 2014.[4] The 5th Congressional District of Louisiana was the only other district in Louisiana to have a runoff election.

Edwards was the former governor of Louisiana. He was sentenced to serve time in prison for charges of racketeering.[5] Though Edwards had widespread name recognition, Cassidy's seat was expected to likely be won by Graves in the December runoff. November polls showed Graves leading by over 20 percentage points against Edwards.[6] Moreover, Cook Political Report rated the district as the 24th most Republican district in the entire country.[7] Graves however emphasized that despite his advantages, he was not going to take the election lightly. “I don’t ever take anything for granted. I’m focusing on the fact that my name recognition is still about half of Gov. Edwards’,” Graves said.[8]

The incumbent was Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008. Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would challenge incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[9]

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.[10][11][12]

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.[13][14]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bill Cassidy (R), who was first elected in 2008. Cassidy announced on April 3, 2013, that he would be challenging incumbent Mary Landrieu (D) for the Senate seat in Louisiana.[15]

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District encompasses southcentral portions of the state. Point Coupee, WBR, EBR, Livingston, St. Helena, E Feldana, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption and Iberville parishes are included in the district.[16]

Candidates

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Rumored candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

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Elections

Runoff election results

The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana held a runoff election for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2014. Garret Graves (R) defeated Edwin Edwards (D) in the runoff election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 62.4% 139,209
     Democratic Edwin Edwards 37.6% 83,781
Total Votes 222,990
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

General election results

The 6th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Garret Graves (R) and Edwin Edwards (D) secured enough votes to participate in a runoff on December 6, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Bob Bell 2.0% 5,182
     Republican Dan Claitor 10.26% 26,524
     Republican Norm Clark 0.71% 1,848
     Republican Paul Dietzel 13.55% 35,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 27.36% 70,715
     Republican Craig McCulloch 2.25% 5,815
     Republican Trey Thomas 0.56% 1,447
     Republican Lenar Whitney 7.41% 19,151
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Edwards 30.12% 77,866
     Democratic Richard Lieberman 2.83% 7,309
     Democratic Peter Williams 1.56% 4,037
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig Jr. 1.38% 3,561
Total Votes 258,479
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

Polls

December 6th Runoff

Graves (R) v. Edwards (D)
Poll Garret Graves (R) Edwin Edwards (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
November 17, 2014
61%35%4%+/-3.5793
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

General election

Dietzel (R) v. Edwards (D)
Poll Paul Dietzel (R) Edwin Edwards (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
April 10-12, 2014
48%39%13%+/-3.9621
JMC Analytics and Polling
February 24-25, 2014
43%34%23%+/-4.1581
AVERAGES 45.5% 36.5% 18% +/-4 601
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


General election candidates
Poll Edwin Edwards (D) Dan Claitor (R)Paul Dietzel (R)Craig McCulloch (R)Garret Graves (R)Cassie Felder (R)Charles "Trey" Thomas (R)Richard Lieberman (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
April 10-12, 2014
32%11%11%1%2%2%0%0%30%+/-3.9621
Glascock Group
March 20, 2014
43%20.3%19.2%4.4%4%3.9%2.6%2.5%0%+/-3.0718
AVERAGES 37.5% 15.65% 15.1% 2.7% 3% 2.95% 1.3% 1.25% 15% +/-3.45 669.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Dietzel (R) v. Claitor (R)
Poll Paul Dietzel (R) Dan Claitor (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JMC Analytics and Polling
February 24-25, 2014
18%17%65%+/-4.1581
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[43] Cassidy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[44][45]

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.[46] 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.[47] Cassidy voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[48]

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.[49] 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. Cassidy voted against HR 2775.[50]

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Edwin Edwards

Edwin Edwards (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$0$33,171$(5,789)$27,381
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$27,381$177,305$(63,344)$141,342
Running totals
$210,476$(69,133)

Paul Dietzel

Cassie Felder

Cassie Felder (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[56]January 31, 2014$0$0$(1,849)$20,073
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2014$20,073$0$(14,457)$5,615
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$18,281$32,050$(24,691)$25,639
Running totals
$32,050$(40,997)

Dan Claitor

Dan Claitor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$0$158,322$(24,302)$134,020
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$134,020$62,621$(68,024)$128,617
Running totals
$220,943$(92,326)

Craig McCulloch

Craig McCulloch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$0.00$33,595$(27,015)$106,579
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$106,579$22,581$(136,792)$93,368
Running totals
$56,176$(163,807)

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[60]April 15, 2014$0$8,685$(7,470)$1,214
Running totals
$8,685$(7,470)

Bob Bell

Bob Bell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$3,051$1,429$(4,401)$79
Running totals
$1,429$(4,401)

Garrett Graves

Garret Graves (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[61]April 16, 2014$0$320,827$(8,146)$312,681
July Quarterly[62]July 15, 2014$312,681$494,104$(84,352)$722,070
Running totals
$814,931$(92,498)

Lenar Whitney

Lenar Whitney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$0.00$123,172$(18,220)$104,952
Running totals
$123,172$(18,220)

District history

Candidate ballot access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Bill Cassidy (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rufus Holt Craig Jr. and Richard Torregano in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy Incumbent 79.4% 243,553
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig,Jr 10.5% 32,185
     None Richard Torregano 10.1% 30,975
Total Votes 306,713
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bill Cassidy won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. (D) in the general election.[63]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cassidy incumbent 65.6% 138,607
     Democratic Merritt E. McDonald, Sr. 34.4% 72,577
Total Votes 211,184

See also

External links

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