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Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Charles W. Dent Republican Party
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Pennsylvania U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 15th 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 has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Pennsylvania elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Charles W. Dent (R), who was first elected in 2004.

Pennsylvania's 15th Congressional District is located in the eastern region of Pennsylvania and includes Norhampton, Lehigh, Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin counties.[1]

Candidates

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May 20, 2014, primary results
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Issues

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.[3] 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.[4] Charlie Dent voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[5]

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.[6] 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. Charlie Dent voted for HR 2775.[7]

Campaign contributions

Charlie Dent

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Charles Dent's reports.[8]

Charlie Dent (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2013$235,006.41$33,125.44$(132,588.03)$135,935.82
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$135,935.82$371,518.07$(73,289.69)$433,772.20
October Quarterly[11]October 13, 2013$433,772.20$174,020.06$(103,731.20)$504,061.06
Year-End[12]January 30, 2014$504,061$137,180$(95,257)$545,983
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$545,983.94$275,850.97$(165,161.33)$656,673.58
Running totals
$991,694.54$(570,027.25)

District history

2012

The 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Charlie Dent won re-election in the district.[14]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rick Daugherty 43.2% 128,764
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Dent Incumbent 56.8% 168,960
Total Votes 297,724
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Dent won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated John Callahan and Jake Towne in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 15 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Dent Incumbent 53.5% 109,534
     Democratic John Callahan 39% 79,766
     Independent Jake Towne 7.5% 15,248
Total Votes 204,548

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