Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Reid Ribble Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Reid Ribble Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Reid Ribble (R) defeated Ron Gruett (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced a primary challenger. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[3]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wisconsin 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 general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15, 2014 (20 days before election).[7]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

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

Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District includes Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Outagamie, Waupaca, Shawano, Menomnee, Oconto, Marinette, Florence, Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties.[8]


General election candidates

Election results

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngReid Ribble Incumbent 65% 188,553
     Democratic Ron Gruett 34.9% 101,345
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 150
Total Votes 290,048
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Key votes

Below are important votes Ribble 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] Ribble joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]

Campaign contributions

Reid Ribble

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

Reid Ribble (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$166,754.36$132,764.38$(28,658.90)$270,859.84
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$270,859.84$263,821.93$(53,114.71)$481,567.06
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$481,567.06$325,741.54$(74,313.15)$732,995.45
Year-end[17]January 31, 2014$732,995$174,237$(86,219)$821,013
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$821,013.36$205,583.07$(69,856.46)$956,739.97
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 8th Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Reid Ribble won re-election in the district.[19]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jamie Wall 44% 156,287
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngReid Ribble Incumbent 55.9% 198,874
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 303
Total Votes 355,464
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Reid Ribble won election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Kagen (D) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngReid Ribble 54.8% 143,998
     Democratic Steve Kagen 45.1% 118,646
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 294
Total Votes 262,938

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 12, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 12, 2014
  3. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed August 11, 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. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Registration and Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Wisconsin Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  9. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates Registered by Office," accessed June 3, 2014 (dead link)
  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, "Ribble 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 25, 2013
  14. '"Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  15. '"Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  16. '"Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 18, 2014
  19. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Wisconsin"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013