California's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 20th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Sam Farr 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 20th 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
March 7, 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 Sam Farr (D), who was first elected in 1992.

California's 20th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes the counties of San Benito and Monterey.[3]


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 Sam Farr
Independent Ronald Paul Kabat

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Sam Farr - Incumbent Approveda
Independent Ronald Paul Kabat Approveda


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.[4] 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.[5] Sam Farr voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[6]

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.[7] 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. Sam Farr voted for HR 2775.[8]

Campaign contributions

Sam Farr

Sam Farr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 14, 2013$73,918.48$32,650.00$(35,836.77)$70,731.71
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$70,731.71$190,546.07$(124,706.28)$136,571.50
October Quarterly[11]October 11, 2013$136,571.50$88,536.44$(74,256.49)$150,851.45
Year-End[12]January 30, 2014$150,851$62,545$(46,731)$166,666
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$166,666$48,345$(69,715)$145,295
Pre-Primary[14]May 22, 2014$145,295$37,118$(18,561)$163,852
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2014$163,852$81,992$(35,547)$210,296
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Sam Farr (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeff Taylor in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 20 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Farr Incumbent 74.1% 172,996
     Republican Jeff Taylor 25.9% 60,566
Total Votes 233,562
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jim Costa won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Andy Vidak (R) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, California District 20 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Costa incumbent 51.7% 46,247
     Republican Andy Vidak 48.3% 43,197
Total Votes 89,444

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