North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Renee Ellmers Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Despite being in a Republican-dominated district with a small chance of becoming competitive, the race for North Carolina's 2nd District has been the subject of lot of attention in 2014. With a close Democratic primary, a tragic death and an American Idol singer-turned-candidate, even a uncompetitive race can attract the media.

The Cook Political Report rates the 2nd District as a "Likely Republican" seat in 2014. Renee Ellmers, the Republican incumbent, has only been in office since 2010, when she won by a mere 0.8%, but her margin of victory increased to 14.5% in 2012. Ellmers' Democratic challenger in the general election is Clay Aiken, a 2003 American Idol contestant. As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Aiken had raised $286,659.38 in total contributions, while Ellmers had raised $947,916.68, over three times as much.

In the May 6, 2014, primary election, both Ellmers and Aiken faced challengers. Ellmers defeated Frank Roche by a safe margin, but Aiken had a close race against Keith Crisco, Sr. With Toni Morris receiving about 20 percent of the vote, Aiken and Crisco split the remaining votes almost in half. In North Carolina, candidates need to receive at least 40 percent of the vote in order to avoid a runoff, which Aiken narrowly achieved. Crisco had not yet conceded when he passed away suddenly on May 12, 2014.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 28, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Carolina is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote, and they opened the primary election to unaffiliated voters. They may choose which ballot they want to vote on without affecting their unaffiliated status.[2]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 11, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 10, 2014 (25 days before the day the election).[3]

See also: North Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Renee Ellmers (R), who was first elected in 2010.

North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Vance, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Harnett, Sampson, Harnett, Lee and Chatham counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates


May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Clay Aiken 40.9% 11,678
Keith Crisco, Sr. 39.5% 11,288
Toni Morris 19.6% 5,616
Total Votes 28,582
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
  • Six days after the primary, with the results still close to call, Keith Crisco, Sr. passed away in his home. Crisco had been waiting for the final vote totals and had not conceded the race.[9]
U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers Incumbent 58.7% 21,412
Frank Roche 41.3% 15,045
Total Votes 36,457
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Issues

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Renee Ellmers voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "No" 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.[13] 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. Renee Ellmers voted against HR 2775.[14]

Media

Clay Aiken

  • Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken released a web video on February 5, 2014, that described his difficult upbringing and announced his candidacy.[15]
  • Aiken launched his first television campaign ad on April 22, 2014.[16] Aiken's primary opponent, Keith Crisco, Sr. launched a television ad on the same day criticizing Aiken for missing meetings when he was on the Presidential Commission for People With Intellectual Disabilities.[17]

Clay Aiken announced his campaign on February 5, 2014, in a web video.

Aiken 2014 campaign ad

Renee Ellmers

Incumbent Renee Ellmers released her first campaign ad, explaining how she is fighting Obamacare and working to create jobs in North Carolina.[18]


Ellmers 2014 campaign ad

Campaign contributions

Renee Ellmers

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ellmers’ reports.[19]

Renee Ellmers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$127,730.53$99,724.09$(93,867.89)$133,586.73
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$133,586.73$158,351.15$(111,482.23)$180,455.65
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$180,455.65$122,811.00$(121,780.00)$181,486.65
Year-End Quarterly[23]December 31, 2013$181,486$200,530$(125,195)$260,501
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$260,501.33$324,330.44$(151,044.5)$433,787.27
Pre-Primary[25]April 16, 2014$433,787.27$42,170.00$(51,511.28)$424,445.99
Running totals
$947,916.68$(654,880.9)

Clay Aiken

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Aiken's reports.[26]

Clay Aiken (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$0.00$233,133.93$(108,207.95)$124,925.98
Pre-Primary[28]April 24, 2014$124,925.98$53,525.45$(104,163.37)$74,288.06
Running totals
$286,659.38$(212,371.32)

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of North Carolina held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Renee Ellmers (R) won re-election. She defeated Steve Wilkins (D) and Brian Irving (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steve Wilkins 41.4% 128,973
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers Incumbent 55.9% 174,066
     Libertarian Brian Irving 2.7% 8,358
Total Votes 311,397
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Renee Ellmers won election to the United States House. She defeated Bob Etheridge and Tom Rose in the general election.[30]

United States House, North Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Ellmers 49.5% 93,876
     Democratic Bob Etheridge 48.7% 92,393
     Libertarian Tom Rose 1.8% 3,505
Total Votes 189,774

See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "Clay Aiken primary opponent Keith Crisco dies after fall," accessed July 9, 2014
  2. NC Election Connection, "Who Can Vote in Which Elections?" accessed January 3, 2014
  3. North Carolina Center for Voter Education, "Register to Vote in North Carolina," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. North Carolina Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 24, 2012
  5. USA Today, "Singer Clay Aiken launches bid for Congress," accessed February 5, 2014
  6. Campaign website, "Home," accessed March 6, 2014
  7. My Fox 8, "Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken’s opponent in NC primary, dead at 71," May 12, 2014
  8. Campaign website, "Home," accessed March 6, 2014
  9. ABC, "Keith Crisco dies at his home just days after primary," May 12, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Talking Points Memo, "Clay Aiken Is Officially Running For Congress (VIDEO)," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "Clay Aiken Is Back on TV (Updated)," accessed April 23, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "Clay Aiken Slammed in TV Ad," accessed April 23, 2014
  18. YouTube, "Fight," accessed April 22, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers April Quarterly," accessed August 1st, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Renee Ellmers Pre-Primary," accessed May 16, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken Summary Report," accessed May 5, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Clay Aiken Pre-Primary," accessed July 7, 2014
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013