Tennessee's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Tennessee's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 7, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Stephen Lee Fincher Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Tennessee U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Tennessee will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Stephen Lee Fincher defeated Dana Matheny and John Mills in the Republican primary. Wes Bradley defeated Larry Pivnick, Rickey Hobson and Tom Reasons in the Democratic primary.[3] Fincher and Bradley will face Constitution Party candidate Mark Rawles and independent candidate James Hart in the general election.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 3, 2014
August 7, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Tennessee is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 8, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Tennessee elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Stephen Lee Fincher (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 8th District is located in the northwest region of Tennessee and borders Kentucky, Missouri and Arkansas. Henry, Carroll, Weakley, Obion, Lake, Dyer, Crockett, Gibson, Madison, Haywood, Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette and Shelby counties are included in the district.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 7, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Fincher Incumbent 79% 14,507
Dana Matheny 10.3% 1,896
John Mills 10.7% 1,962
Total Votes 18,365
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWes Bradley 34.7% 9,372
Rickey Hobson 33.3% 9,001
Tom Reasons 20.5% 5,528
Lawrence Pivnick 11.5% 3,103
Total Votes 27,004
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Issues

Below are important votes that Fincher 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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[10] Fincher joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]

Campaign contributions

Stephen Lee Fincher

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fincher's reports.[13]

Stephen Fincher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$1,449,564.27$332,332.15$(59,630.04)$1,722,266.38
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$1,722,266.38$308,520.48$(58,781.37)$1,972,005.49
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$1,972,005.49$187,755.87$(50,282.8)$2,109,478.56
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$2,109,478$190,011$(64,996)$2,334,493
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$2,234,493.54$243,726.81$(139,331.33)$2,338,889.02
Running totals
$1,262,346.31$(373,021.54)

James Hart

James Hart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 1, 2014$1,452.10$0.18$(38.85)$1,413.43
Running totals
$0.18$(38.85)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 8th Congressional District of Tennessee held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Stephen Lee Fincher won re-election in the district.[20]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Timothy Dixon 28.4% 79,490
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Lee Fincher Incumbent 68.3% 190,923
     Independent James Hart 2.2% 6,139
     Independent Mark Rawles 1% 2,870
Total Votes 279,422
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Stephen Fincher won election to the United States House. He defeated Roy Herron (D) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Fincher 60.3% 98,759
     Democratic Roy Herron 39.7% 64,960
Total Votes 163,719

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014," accessed August 4, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Associated Press, "Tennessee - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 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. Tennessee Secretary of State Website, "Voter Qualification," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Tennessee Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 30, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Tennessee.gov, "Governor, United States Senate, and United States House of Representatives Petitions Filed by Qualifying Deadline," accessed April 3, 2014
  10. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Fincher 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Fincher Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 24, 2014
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013