Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Keith Rothfus Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 11, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014 (at least 30 days prior to election).[4]

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Keith Rothfus (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District is located in the southwestern portion of Pennsylvania and includes Cambria, Somerset, Westmoreland, Allegheny and Beaver counties.[5]

Candidates

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May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew

Declined to run


Race background

On February 26, 2013, PoliticsPA and The Hill previewed three 2014 House races in Pennsylvania which showed competitive promise because of a number of predictive factors such as open seats, high stakes primary challenges and/or vulnerability to partisan switch. Of the eighteen total House seats up for election in 2014, Republicans currently hold thirteen.

Pennsylvania's 12th is a traditionally blue district; however, recent years have seen its borders redrawn and a reddened voter-base. In 2012, fallout from 2010 redistricting dovetailed with a strong turnout for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, paving the way for deep-pocketed Republican challenger Keith Rothfus to oust Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark Critz in the general election.

Fresh off his successful challenge, Rothfus (R) was expected to face Critz in a re-match in 2014. Critz lost by a margin of 4 percentage points, while President Barack Obama lost the district vote by a much wider margin of 17 percentage points. Thus many Democrats, viewing Critz as a casualty of sharing the ticket with Obama in 2012, were optimistic about their party's chances for re-claiming the seat with Critz on board.[13] Critz announced on August 15, 2013, that he is running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014 instead.[14]


Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[15] 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.[16] Keith Rothfus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "No" 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.[18] 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. Keith Rothfus voted against HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Keith Rothfus

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Keith Rothfus' reports.[20]

Keith Rothfus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$13,502.28$264,684.22$(59,047.00)$219,139.50
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$219,139.50$227,623.00$(66,358.07)$380,404.43
October Quarterly[23]October 13, 2013$380,404.43$450,884.30$(80,638.67)$750,650.06
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$750,650$237,288$(115,490)$872,447
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$872,447.68$241,253.84$(93,793.67)$1,019,907.85
Running totals
$1,421,733.36$(415,327.41)

John Hugya

John Hugya (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$0.00$725.00$(119.59)$605.41
Year-End[27]January 15, 2014$605$31,050$(6,158)$25,496
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$25,496.59$19,730.00$(24,785.14)$20,441.45
Running totals
$51,505$(31,062.73)

Erin McClelland

Erin McLelland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]January 29, 2014$0$3,633$(25)$3,607
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$3,607$29,887$(14,248)$19,246
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$19,246$27,437$(21,136)$25,547
Year-End[32]January 31, 2014$25,547$30,004$(34,704)$20,847
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$20,847.83$58,617.00$(47,845.54)$31,619.29
Running totals
$149,578$(117,958.54)

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Erin McClelland received endorsements from County Commissioner Stephen Craig, Ellwood City Mayor Anthony Court and Ellwood City Councilmen Ralph Chiappetta and John Todorich on November 18, 2013.[34]

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

The 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Republican Keith Rothfus beat out incumbent Mark Critz to win the district.[35]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Critz Incumbent 48.3% 163,589
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Rothfus 51.7% 175,352
Total Votes 338,941
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mark Critz won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tim Burns (R) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Critz 50.8% 94,056
     Republican Tim Burns 49.2% 91,170
Total Votes 185,226

See also

External links

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Associated Press, "Pennsylvania - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
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  9. Buzz Feed Politics, "Former Top John Murtha Aide To Seek Boss’ Old Seat," accessed September 27, 2013
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  13. The Hill, "Source: Former Rep. Mark Critz wants to run again," February 26, 2013
  14. The Sentinel, "ex-Rep. Mark Critz seeking Dem nod for lieutenant governor," August 15, 2013
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  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
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  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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