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Texas' 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Texas' 31st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
March 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John Carter Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 31st congressional district of Texas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[1][2]

Heading into the election the incumbent is John Carter (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Texas' 31st Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Bell and Williamson counties.[3]

Candidates

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 John Carter
Democratic Party Louie Minor
Libertarian Party Scott Ballard


March 4, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

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.[4] 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.[5] Eddie Bernice Johnson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[6]

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.[7] 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. Eddie Bernice Johnson voted for HR 2775.[8]

Campaign contributions

John Carter

John Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2013$464,659.20$91,074.99$(59,355.70)$496,378.49
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$496,378.49$122,005.84$(125,888.59)$492,495.74
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2013$492,495.74$132,477.78$(67,757.79)$557,215.73
Year-End[12]January 31, 2014$557,215$73,374$(182,401)$448,189
Pre-Primary[13]February 20, 2014$448,189$14,000$(40,077)$422,111
Pre-Special[14]February 27, 2014$422,111$6,100$(6,924)$421,287
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$421,287$118,615$(32,545)$507,357
Running totals
$557,647.61$(514,949.08)

District history

2012

The 31st congressional district of Texas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent John Carter (R) won re-election. He defeated Stephen Wyman (D) and Ethan Garofolo (L) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Texas District 31 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Carter Incumbent 61.3% 145,348
     Democratic Stephen M. Wyman 35% 82,977
     Libertarian Ethan Garofalo 3.7% 8,862
Total Votes 237,187
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, John Carter (R) won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Bill Oliver (L).[17]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 31, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Carter Incumbent 82.5% 126,384
     Libertarian Bill Oliver 17.5% 26,735
Total Votes 153,119

See also

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