California's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Barbara Lee Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Barbara Lee Democratic Party
Barbara Lee.JPG

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th congressional district of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Barbara Lee (D), who was first elected in 1998.

California's 13th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.[6]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.General election candidates

Democratic Party Barbara Lee Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dakin Sundeen

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Barbara Lee - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Justin Jelincic
Republican Party Dakin Sundeen Approveda
Peace and Freedom Party Lawrence Allen


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.[7] 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.[8] Barbara Lee voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[9]

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 funds 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.[10] 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. Barbara Lee voted for HR 2775.[11]

Campaign contributions

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 14, 2013$45,180.59$69,482.55$(84,858.43)$29,804.71
July Quarterly[13]July 14, 2013$29,804.71$178,925.82$(110,755.06)$97,975.47
October Quarterly[14]October 14, 2013$97,975.47$111,504.89$(157,897.99)$51,582.37
Year-End[15]January 30, 2014$51,582$145,649$(95,983)$101,247
April Quarterly[16]April 14, 2014$101,247$148,950$(122,476)$127,721
Pre-Primary[17]May 22, 2014$127,721$52,231$(85,176)$94,776
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2014$94,776$133,340$(74,707)$153,409
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2014$153,409$161,420$(189,200)$125,630
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Barbara Lee (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Marilyn Singleton in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Lee Incumbent 86.8% 250,436
     Independent Marilyn M. Singleton 13.2% 38,146
Total Votes 288,582
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Pete Stark won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Forest Baker in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, California District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Stark Incumbent 72.2% 118,278
     Republican Forest Baker 27.8% 45,575
Total Votes 163,853

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  11. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Lee October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"