California's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014

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California's 26th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Julia Brownley Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Julia Brownley Democratic Party
Julia Brownley.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 26th 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 Julia Brownley (D), who was first elected in 2012.

California's 26th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes part of Los Angeles County.[6]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Julia Brownley Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jeff Gorell

June 3, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Julia Brownley - Incumbent Approveda
Republican Party Jeff Gorell - State assemblyman[7] Approveda
Republican Party Rafael Dagnesses[8]
Independent Douglas Kmiec

Race background

Incumbent Julia Brownley (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[9]

Brownley defeated Republican former state legislator Tony Strickland for the open 26th District seat in the general election on November 6, 2012, earning 52.7 percent of the total vote. The following April, Strickland filed his campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to begin raising money for a 2014 re-match against Brownley. He ultimately decided against the rematch and sought election to the 25th District instead.[10]

After the blanket primary, Cook Political Report changed the rating of this race from Lean D to Toss-up. The Republican candidates in the race received over 50 percent of the primary vote, showing that the race is likely to be very competitive in November.[11]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Julia Brownley (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Tony Strickland in the general election.

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJulia Brownley 52.7% 139,072
     Republican Tony Strickland 47.3% 124,863
Total Votes 263,935
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, David Dreier won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Russ Warner, David L. Miller, and Randall Weissbuch in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, California District 26 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Dreier Incumbent 54.1% 112,774
     Democratic Russ Warner 36.5% 76,093
     American Independent David L. Miller 6.1% 12,784
     Libertarian Randall Weissbuch 3.2% 6,696
Total Votes 208,347

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