Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Michael G. Fitzpatrick Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Michael G. Fitzpatrick Republican Party
Mike Fitzpatrick.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 8th congressional district of Pennsylvania will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Pennsylvania is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process. Voters are required to register with a political party to vote in the primary election.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District is located in eastern Pennsylvania and borders the state of New Jersey. It includes portions of Bucks and Montgomery counties.[6]


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May 20, 2014, primary results

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Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Race background

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick as one of 10 vulnerable, Republican incumbents in 2014.[10] In May 2013, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched Jumpstart, a program that “provides early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to the DCCC memo. Kevin Strouse was one of the eight Democratic candidates on the list. He was chosen based on polling figures, which indicated Fitzpatrick's vulnerability to losing re-election in 2014.[11] Due to this vulnerability, Fitzpatrick, along with 11 other House Republicans, qualified for financial assistance under the Patriot Program.[12] The program was run by the National Republican Congressional Committee and helped raise money to protect GOP incumbents who were deemed in danger of being unseated.[13]

District history


The 8th congressional district of Pennsylvania held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Michael G. Fitzpatrick won re-election in the district.[14]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kathryn Boockvar 43.4% 152,859
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. Fitzpatrick Incumbent 56.6% 199,379
Total Votes 352,238
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Fitzpatrick won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Patrick Murphy in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 8 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Fitzpatrick Incumbent 53.7% 126,404
     Democrat Patrick Murphy 46.3% 109,157
Total Votes 235,561

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