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Maryland's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Maryland's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Andrew Harris Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Andrew Harris Republican Party
Andy Harris.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Heading into the election, the incumbent was Andrew Harris (R). He defeated challenger Bill Tilghman (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[4]

Harris defeated Jonathan Goff, Jr. in the Republican primary to win the candidacy for the general election. Tilghman defeated John LaFerla in the Democratic primary. LaFerla was the general election Democratic candidate in 2012.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 25, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Maryland is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote in their primary election and generally close it to all voters except those registered with their party.[5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 3, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[6]

See also: Maryland elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Andrew Harris (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Maryland's 1st Congressional District encompasses Carolina, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. Additionally, the district includes parts of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew from race

Election results

General election results

The 1st Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Andy Harris (R) defeated challenger Bill Tilghman (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris Incumbent 70.5% 176,342
     Democratic Bill Tilghman 29.5% 73,843
Total Votes 250,185
Source: Maryland Secretary of State Official Results

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Tilghman 57.1% 19,937
John LaFerla 42.9% 14,965
Total Votes 34,902
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

Republican primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris Incumbent 77.9% 45,477
Jonathan Goff 22.1% 12,913
Total Votes 58,390
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections

Issues

Cookie Harris

In August 2014, Harris' wife, Sylvia "Cookie" Harris, passed away from a heart attack.[12]

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.[13] Harris joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

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.[16] 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.[17] Andy Harris voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

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.[19] 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. Andy Harris voted against HR 2775.[20]

Endorsements

John LaFerla

Former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes and former Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh endorsed John LaFerla in March 2014.[21]

Bayh said, “John is a friend and I would be proud to have him represent me and our family in Washington.”[21]

"John is a strong supporter not only of matters important to the Eastern Shore but to citizens throughout the nation, such as preserving Social Security, confronting climate change, protecting and restoring our wonderful Chesapeake Bay as well as our beautiful rivers. All of these issues are so important to our way of life on the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland. I feel confident John LaFerla will work to protect and preserve these things we hold so dear in Maryland while promoting entrepreneurship which is compatible with our environment," Hughes said.[21]

Campaign contributions

Andy Harris

Andy Harris (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$170,079.82$133,176.07$(42,064.05)$261,191.84
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$261,191.84$266,675.25$(77,122.94)$450,744.15
October Quarterly[24]October 13, 2013$450,744.15$154,792.95$(65,566.06)$539,971.04
Year-end[25]January 31, 2014$539,971$110,289$(68,017)$582,242
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$582,242$125,161$(65,192)$642,210
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2014$692,729$79,505$(44,375)$727,958
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2014$182,883$5,274$(18,077)$170,079
Running totals
$874,873.27$(380,414.05)

Bill Tilghman

John LaFerla

District history

Candidate ballot access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Andrew Harris (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John LaFerla, Michael Calpino, Muir Boda and Douglas Dryden Rae in the general election.

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris Incumbent 63.4% 214,204
     Democratic Wendy Rosen 27.5% 92,812
     Libertarian Muir Boda 3.8% 12,857
     Democratic John LaFerla (Write-in) 4.4% 14,858
     Independent Michael Calpino (Write-in) 0% 71
     Independent Douglas Dryden Rae (Write-in) 0% 26
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.9% 2,932
Total Votes 337,760
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Andy Harris won election to the United States House. He defeated Frank Kratovil, Jr (D), Richard James Davis (L) and write-in candidates in the general election.[40]

U.S. House, Maryland District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Harris 54.1% 155,118
     Democratic Frank Kratovil, Jr. 42% 120,400
     Libertarian Richard James Davis 3.8% 10,876
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 242
     N/A Jack N. Wilson (Write-in) 0.1% 158
     N/A Michael Kennedy (Write-in) 0% 18
Total Votes 286,812

See also

External links

References

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  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. Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  5. Maryland State Board of Elections Website, "Primary Elections," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Maryland State Board of Elections Website, "Voter Registration Introduction," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Maryland Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 Maryland Elections, "Candidate Listing," accessed February 22, 2014
  9. Chestertownspy.com "Dr. John LaFerla Announces 2014 Run For First District" April 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Chestertown Spy, "Meet the Dem. Candidates for Maryland’s First Congressional District," accessed August 29, 2013
  11. My Eastern Shore MD, "Centreville-raised Tilghman to make run for Congress," accessed August 29, 2013
  12. WBALTV, "Rep. Andy Harris' wife dies after heart attack," August 28, 2014
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
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  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
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  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Carroll County Times, "LaFerla picks up two major endorsements," accessed March 11, 2014 (dead link)
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  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013