New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Jersey's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Leonard Lance Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of New Jersey will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New Jersey 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 May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[7]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Leonard Lance (R), who was first elected in 2008.

New Jersey's 7th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Hunterdon County and portions of Warren, Morris and Somerset counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 55.8% 13,215
David Larsen 44.2% 10,455
Total Votes 23,670
Source: 80% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Kovach Petition Controversy

Although she had obtained the requisite 200 signatures and filed to run in the primary, Janice Kovach was not included in the initial list of candidates put out by the state Division of Elections. The division did not accept a number of the signatures because the person who had obtained them did not reside in the district. Susan Scarola, an administrative law judge, overturned the ruling in light of another case in which state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled it unconstitutional to require that the people collecting petitions be from the candidate's district. The decision was not overruled by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, so Kovach was able to be on the ballot for June's primary election.[13]

Campaign contributions

Leonard Lance

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lance's reports.[14]

Leonard Lance (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 14, 2013$161,504.95$67,605.00$(75,380.01)$153,729.94
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2013$153,729.94$132,732.05$(90,483.08)$195,978.91
October Quarterly[17]October 14, 2013$195,978.91$111,496.00$(51,301.18)$256,173.73
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$256,173$179,984$(48,786)$366,871
April Quarterly[19]April 14, 2014$366,871.94$156,146.00$(57,264.48)$465,753.46
Running totals
$647,963.05$(323,214.75)

David Larsen

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Larsen's reports.[20]

David Larsen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[21]April 15, 2014$0.00$14,999.90$(14,999.90)$0.00
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$0.00$15,010.59$(15,010.59)$0.00
Running totals
$30,010.49$(30,010.49)

Janice Kovach

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kovach's reports.[23]

Janice Kovach (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 14, 2014$0.00$18,709.33$(375.53)$18,333.80
Running totals
$18,709.33$(375.53)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Leonard Lance (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Upendra Chivukula, Patrick McKnight, and Dennis Breen in the general election.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Upendra Chivukula 40% 123,057
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 57.2% 175,662
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.3% 4,078
     Independent Dennis Breen 1.5% 4,518
Total Votes 307,315
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Leonard Lance won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ed Potosnak (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance incumbent 59.4% 105,084
     Democratic Ed Potosnak 40.6% 71,902
Total Votes 176,986

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 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. New Jersey Department of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. New Jersey Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  9. New Jersey Division of Elections, "General election candidates for U.S. House," accessed August 14, 2014
  10. Campaign Website, "Intro," accessed January 30, 2014
  11. New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 1, 2014
  12. NJ.com, "Democrat Janice Kovach announces run for N.J. congressional seat held by Leonard Lance," accessed January 27, 2014
  13. nj.com, "Democrat who wants to challenge Leonard Lance is back on ballot," accessed April 9, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Lance 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  15. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  18. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "David Larsen Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "David Larsen Year-End," accessed April 30, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "David Larsen April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Kovach Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Janice Kovach April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013