California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Mike Honda Democratic Party
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.

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 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.[6]

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 Approveda
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[7] 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.[8]

Mike Honda (D) is regarded on Capitol Hill as a well-liked and congenial figure who coasts to victory every other year.[8]

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.[8] 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.[8] Khanna went on to raise $504,450 in the third quarter and reported having $1.9 million on hand.[9] 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.[8]

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.[8] 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.[8]

The race is almost certain to extend beyond the June 3 primary.[8] Under California’s newly implemented “Top-Two” system, the top two finishers advance to the November general election, regardless of their party affiliation.[8]

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[10]April 15, 2013$78,222.38$221,237.74$(95,714.78)$203,745.34
July Quarterly[11]July 13, 2013$203,745.34$345,894.86$(174,993.26)$374,646.94
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$374,646.94$392,505.31$(207,406.20)$559,746.05
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$559,746$250,567$(187,323)$622,989
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$622,989$690,387$(229,202)$1,084,174
Pre-Primary[15]May 22, 2014$1,084,174$185,978$(227,859)$1,042,293
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$1,042,293$341,002$(319,940)$1,063,355
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2014$1,063,355$506,646$(605,364)$964,638
Running totals
$2,934,217.91$(2,047,802.24)

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, Eric Petersen and Mary V. Larkin in the general election.[18]

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 V. Larkin 1.5% 2,742
Total Votes 178,049

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. 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. The San Francisco Chronicle," "Rep Honda to face Ro Khanna challenge," April 2, 2013 (dead link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Politico, "5 House primaries to watch," Accessed August 8, 2013
  9. Politico, "Ro Khanna raises $500K in bid against Mike Honda," October 8, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Honda October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"