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The letter stated, "We propose that all campaigns refund contributions to any donors who have already given more than this limit of $570. Your campaign can start by refunding the $11,000 in contributions from the five donors who have already requested a refund because Ro misled them. He had asked for their max-out contributions to run for an open seat, then used their money to run in a different district -- against Mike."<ref name=letter/>
 
The letter stated, "We propose that all campaigns refund contributions to any donors who have already given more than this limit of $570. Your campaign can start by refunding the $11,000 in contributions from the five donors who have already requested a refund because Ro misled them. He had asked for their max-out contributions to run for an open seat, then used their money to run in a different district -- against Mike."<ref name=letter/>
  
The letter went on, asking Honda's campaign to refund contributions made by far-right donors as well.<ref name=letter/>
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The letter went on, asking Khanna's campaign to refund contributions received from far-right donors as well.<ref name=letter/>
  
 
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Revision as of 11:59, 27 January 2014

2012

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California's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Honda Democratic Party
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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 17th Congressional District of California will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 20, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: California has a top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, go on to the general election.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Mike Honda (D), who was first elected in 2000.

California's 17th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes western Santa Clara County.[3]

Candidates

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 Mike Honda
Democratic Party Ro Khanna


June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Mike Honda - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Ro Khanna - Former U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary[4] Approveda
Republican Party Vanila Singh
Republican Party Joel Vanlandingham

Disqualified

Republican Party Vinesh Singh Rathore

Race background

Politico published a list in August 2013 of the five primaries to watch in 2014. California's 17th Congressional District was included on the list.[5]

Mike Honda (D) is regarded on Capitol Hill as a well-liked and congenial figure who coasts to victory every other year.[5]

Challenger Ro Khanna, who has taught at Stanford University and works at a Silicon Valley law firm, is tapping a vast network of tech donors to give Honda a surprisingly tough fight in 2014.[5] During the second quarter of 2013, the challenger raised over $1 million and reported having $1.7 million cash on hand — more than four times the amount Honda had.[5] Khanna went on to raise $504,450 in the third quarter and reported having $1.9 million on hand.[6] Khanna has built a formidable operation filled with veterans of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, including Jeremy Bird, Obama’s national field director in 2012, and David Binder, one of the president’s pollsters.[5]

Honda has the president’s endorsement — and the backing of Democratic power brokers such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel.[5] While Khanna is likely to draw support from Silicon Valley’s large Indian-American population, Honda enjoys long-standing ties to the Asian-American community, which makes up nearly half the district.[5]

The race is almost certain to extend beyond the June 3 primary.[5] Under California’s newly implemented “Top-Two” system, the top two finishers advance to the November general election, regardless of their party affiliation.[5]

Issues

Campaign spending

On January 23, 2014, challenger Ro Khanna sent a letter to Mike Honda proposing that the candidates should take a pledge limiting spending in the race from outside groups and Super PACs. In response, Honda's campaign replied with a letter that raised the stakes, proposing a donation limit of $570.[7]

The letter stated, "We propose that all campaigns refund contributions to any donors who have already given more than this limit of $570. Your campaign can start by refunding the $11,000 in contributions from the five donors who have already requested a refund because Ro misled them. He had asked for their max-out contributions to run for an open seat, then used their money to run in a different district -- against Mike."[7]

The letter went on, asking Khanna's campaign to refund contributions received from far-right donors as well.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] Mike Honda voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[10]

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.[11] 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. [[Mike Honda] voted for HR 2775.[12]

Polls

Mike Honda vs. Ro Khanna
Poll Mike Honda Ro KhannaUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (August 2-4, 2013)
49%15%36%+/-3.5806
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

Mike Honda

Mike Honda (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$78,222.38$221,237.74$(95,714.78)$203,745.34
July Quarterly[14]July 13, 2013$203,745.34$345,894.86$(174,993.26)$374,646.94
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2013$374,646.94$392,505.31$(207,406.20)$559,746.05
Year-End[16]January 31, 2014$559,746$250,567$(187,323)$622,989
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$622,989$690,387$(229,202)$1,084,174
Pre-Primary[18]May 22, 2014$1,084,174$185,978$(227,859)$1,042,293
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$1,042,293$341,002$(319,940)$1,063,355
Running totals
$2,427,571.91$(1,442,438.24)

District history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Mike Honda (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Evelyn Li in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Honda Incumbent 73.5% 159,392
     Republican Evelyn Li 26.5% 57,336
Total Votes 216,728
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Sam Farr won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeff Taylor (R), Eric Petersen (G), Mary Larkin (L) and Ronald Kabat (Write-in) in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, California District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Farr incumbent 66.7% 118,734
     Republican Jeff Taylor 29.9% 53,176
     Green Eric Petersen 1.9% 3,397
     Libertarian Mary Larkin 1.5% 2,742
     Write-in Ronald Kabat 0.1% 90
Total Votes 178,139

See also

External links

References

  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. California Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. The San Francisco Chronicle," "Rep Honda to face Ro Khanna challenge," April 2, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Politico, "5 House primaries to watch," Accessed August 8, 2013
  6. Politico, "Ro Khanna raises $500K in bid against Mike Honda," October 8, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Letter from Ro Khanna to Congressman Mike Honda, January 23, 2014
  8. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  9. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  12. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013