Maryland's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Maryland's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Van Hollen Democratic Party
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Maryland U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Maryland will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Heading into the election the incumbent is Chris Van Hollen (D), who was first elected in 2002. He won re-election with 73% of the vote in 2010 and 63% of the vote 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.[1]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 3, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014.[2]

See also: Maryland elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Chris Van Hollen (D), who was first elected in 2002.

Maryland's 8th Congressional District encompasses parts of Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties.[3]


General election candidates

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party Candidates

Election results

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 91.3% 56,450
George English 5.8% 3,609
Lih Young 2.9% 1,796
Total Votes 61,855
Source: Results via Associated Press

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[6] 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.[7] Chris Van Hollen voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[8]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[9] 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. Chris Van Hollen voted for HR 2775.[10]

Campaign contributions

Chris Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$1,996,171.25$67,203.75$(422,691.87)$1,640,683.13
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$1,640,683.13$173,809.62$(83,361.67)$1,731,131.08
October Quarterly[13]October 13, 2013$1,731,131.08$74,512.60$(62,083.28)$1,743,560.40
Year-end[14]January 31, 2014$1,743,560$100,060$(75,778)$1,767,841
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$1,767,841$129,873$(66,209)$1,831,505
Running totals

District history

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The 8th Congressional District of Maryland held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Chris Van Hollen (D) won re-election. He defeated Ken Timmerman (R), Mark Grannis (L) and George Gluck (G) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen Incumbent 63.4% 217,531
     Republican Ken Timmerman 32.9% 113,033
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 2.1% 7,235
     Green George Gluck 1.5% 5,064
     N/A Other Write-ins 0.1% 393
Total Votes 343,256
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections "Representative in Congress"


On November 2, 2010, Chris Van Hollen won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Michael Lee Philips (R), Mark Grannis (L) and Fred Nordhorn (Constitution) in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Maryland District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Van Hollen incumbent 73.3% 153,613
     Republican Michael Lee Philips 25% 52,421
     Libertarian Mark Grannis 1.3% 2,713
     Constitution Fred Nordhorn 0.3% 696
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 224
Total Votes 209,667

See also

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