California's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 23rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 23rd 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 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]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014 (the 15th calendar day before that election).[6]

See also: California elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Kevin McCarthy (R), who was first elected in 2006.

California's 23rd Congressional District is located in the south-central portion of the state and includes parts of Kern and Tulare counties.[7]


General election candidates

Republican Party Kevin McCarthy Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Raul Garcia[8]

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Kevin McCarthy - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Raul Garcia (write-in)[9][10] Approveda

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent 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 RepublicansThomas 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.[11] McCarthy joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[14] 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.[15] Kevin McCarthy voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[17] 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. Kevin McCarthy voted for HR 2775.[18]

Campaign contributions

Kevin McCarthy

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Kevin McCarthy (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Terry Phillips in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McCarthy Incumbent 73.2% 158,161
     Independent Terry Phillips 26.8% 57,842
Total Votes 216,003
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Lois Capps won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Tom Watson (R), John Hager (I) and Darrell Stafford (L) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, California District 23 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLois Capps incumbent 57.8% 111,768
     Republican Tom Watson 37.6% 72,744
     Independent John Hager 2.9% 5,625
     Libertarian Darrell Stafford 1.7% 3,326
Total Votes 193,463

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 Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. California Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  8. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Candidates for the November 4, 2014, General Election," accessed August 28, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Write-in Candidates for the June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election," accessed May 24, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013