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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
Kevin McCarthy CA.jpg

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.

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 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.[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

Republican Party Kevin McCarthy Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Raul Garcia[7]

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Kevin McCarthy - Incumbent Approveda
Democratic Party Raul Garcia (write-in)[8][9] Approveda

Campaign contributions

Kevin McCarthy

District history


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, John V. Hager and Darrell M. Stafford in the general election.[18]

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 V. Hager 2.9% 5,625
     Libertarian Darrell M. 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 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  7. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Candidates for the November 4, 2014, General Election," accessed August 28, 2014
  8. California Secretary of State, "Certified List of Write-in Candidates for the June 3, 2014, Statewide Direct Primary Election," accessed May 24, 2014
  9. California Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed July 15, 2014
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin McCarthy October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"