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On June 9, 2014, Trammell announced his campaign for Congress on his [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Trammell-for-Congress/322902167866711?hc_location=timeline Facebook page]. He wrote, "We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail."<ref name=fb>[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Trammell-for-Congress/322902167866711?hc_location=timeline ''Facebook'', "Jack Trammell for Congress," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref>
 
On June 9, 2014, Trammell announced his campaign for Congress on his [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Trammell-for-Congress/322902167866711?hc_location=timeline Facebook page]. He wrote, "We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail."<ref name=fb>[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-Trammell-for-Congress/322902167866711?hc_location=timeline ''Facebook'', "Jack Trammell for Congress," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref>
  
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===Nomination timeline===
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As of Monday, June 9, the media was reporting that there was no Democratic nominee.<ref>[http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/politics/2014/06/09/virginia-voters-guide-june-10-primary/10240113/ ''WUSA9'', "VOTER'S GUIDE: Va. voters go to polls in 3 US House districts," June 9, 2014]</ref> Many believed that active Twitter-user [https://twitter.com/VoteMike2014 Mike Dickinson], who had appeared on Fox News and declared that he was the Democratic candidate in the 7th District, was indeed the nominee. The District's Democrats vehemently denied that Dickinson was running as an official Democrat.
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Confusion continued until [[Virginia's 7th Congressional District|the 7th District]] Democratic Party nominee, Dr. [[Jack Trammell]] announced on social media that he was the new nominee. The announcement came on primary election night, June 10.
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[[File:Trammell tweet.JPG|center|450px|thumb|Trammell's tweet from June 10, 2014]]
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Although the road to the nomination seems strange compared to the typical Democratic primary process, in Virginia this process is fairly common. After speaking with Abbi Easter, Chairwoman of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, Ballotpedia was told the steps that the party took in nominating Trammell.
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*'''December 2013''': Each party in Virginia's 11 congressional districts decides the method by which they want to nominate their candidate. The 7th District Democrats opted for the caucus convention.
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{{quote|The duly constituted authorities of the state political party, as stated in a party's rules and bylaws, shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made.|Virginia State Board of Elections}}
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*'''April 10, 2014''': [[Mike Dickinson]] appeared on Fox News' "On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren," announcing that he was an official candidate for the 7th District; however, the filing deadline was at 5PM that day, at which point Dickinson was in the studio at Fox News and never filed to be an official candidate.<ref>[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/mike-dickinson-fox-news_n_5132422.html ''Huffington Post'', "Eric Cantor's Unofficial Rival Dukes It Out With Fox News (UPDATE)," June 11, 2014]</ref> Despite this, Dickinson continued to use social media as though he was a filed candidate.
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*'''May 2, 2014''': This was the date for the 7th District Democratic convention; however, because nobody filed to be considered at the convention, no convention was held. The party bylaws dictate that if this situation arises, the nomination is left up to the individual district party committees.
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*'''June 8, 2014''': After officially calling a meeting a week prior, as required by party bylaws, the 7th District Democratic committee met. Dr. [[Jack Trammell]] had filled out all the necessary paperwork to file. At the meeting, the party committee unanimously voted to nominate Trammell. The deadline for nomination by convention was June 10, 2014.
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*'''June 9, 2014''': Trammell officially filed his paperwork with the Virginia Board of Elections.
  
 
==Media==
 
==Media==

Revision as of 10:21, 11 June 2014

2012

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Virginia's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Eric Cantor Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of Virginia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. David Brat defeated incumbent Eric Cantor, the second-highest ranking Republican in the House, in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1] Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, will face Democrat Jack Trammell, who is also a professor at Randolph-Macon, Libertarian James Carr and write-in candidate Mike Dickinson, who failed to earn the Democratic endorsement. Stuart Rothenberg, who publishes the Rothenberg Political Report, commented on Brat's victory, saying, "This is the political version of the San Francisco earthquake. It came out of nowhere."[2] The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rated Virginia’s 7th District as “Safe Republican.”[3]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 27, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Virginia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary process, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (22 days before election).[5]

See also: Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: Eric Cantor (R) was first elected in 2000.

Virginia's 7th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Culpeper, Orange, Spotsylvania, Louisa, Hanover, Richmond City and New Kent counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


Republican Party June 10, 2014, Republican primary


Libertarian Party Libertarian candidate

Failed to file

Republican primary

David Brat upset incumbent Eric Cantor in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[1]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Brat 55.5% 36,110
Eric Cantor Incumbent 44.5% 28,898
Total Votes 65,008
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Voter turnout

Increased voter turnout in the Republican primary may have resulted in Cantor's defeat. In 2012, 47,037 votes were cast compared to 65,008 votes in the June 10, 2014, primary, an increase of 38.2 percent. Despite the tea party's high profile primaries in 2010 and 2012, Cantor is the highest-ranking Republican to lose a primary election since the movement's rise. He is also the first majority leader in history to lose a primary bid.[13]

Virginia has an open primary process, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. With the Democrats in the 7th District having already nominated their candidate at a convention on June 7, they were free to vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday.[14] The 17,900 additional voters casting a ballot in this year's Republican primary relative to in 2012 could be a result of Democrats voting in an attempt to unseat Cantor.

Democratic nomination

On June 9, 2014, Trammell announced his campaign for Congress on his Facebook page. He wrote, "We kicked off our campaign today after receiving a unanimous nomination from the 7th District Committee. I want to thank all of those who supported my nomination and endorsed me as a candidate. We are excited about the next few months on the campaign trail."[15]

Nomination timeline

As of Monday, June 9, the media was reporting that there was no Democratic nominee.[16] Many believed that active Twitter-user Mike Dickinson, who had appeared on Fox News and declared that he was the Democratic candidate in the 7th District, was indeed the nominee. The District's Democrats vehemently denied that Dickinson was running as an official Democrat.

Confusion continued until the 7th District Democratic Party nominee, Dr. Jack Trammell announced on social media that he was the new nominee. The announcement came on primary election night, June 10.

Trammell's tweet from June 10, 2014

Although the road to the nomination seems strange compared to the typical Democratic primary process, in Virginia this process is fairly common. After speaking with Abbi Easter, Chairwoman of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, Ballotpedia was told the steps that the party took in nominating Trammell.

  • December 2013: Each party in Virginia's 11 congressional districts decides the method by which they want to nominate their candidate. The 7th District Democrats opted for the caucus convention.
The duly constituted authorities of the state political party, as stated in a party's rules and bylaws, shall have the right to determine the method by which a party nomination for a member of the United States Senate or for any statewide office shall be made.[17]
  • April 10, 2014: Mike Dickinson appeared on Fox News' "On The Record w/ Greta Van Susteren," announcing that he was an official candidate for the 7th District; however, the filing deadline was at 5PM that day, at which point Dickinson was in the studio at Fox News and never filed to be an official candidate.[18] Despite this, Dickinson continued to use social media as though he was a filed candidate.
  • May 2, 2014: This was the date for the 7th District Democratic convention; however, because nobody filed to be considered at the convention, no convention was held. The party bylaws dictate that if this situation arises, the nomination is left up to the individual district party committees.
  • June 8, 2014: After officially calling a meeting a week prior, as required by party bylaws, the 7th District Democratic committee met. Dr. Jack Trammell had filled out all the necessary paperwork to file. At the meeting, the party committee unanimously voted to nominate Trammell. The deadline for nomination by convention was June 10, 2014.
  • June 9, 2014: Trammell officially filed his paperwork with the Virginia Board of Elections.

Media


Cantor's first primary ad, "Decision."

Cantor's second primary ad, "Advisor."

Cantor

Cantor's first television ad of the 2014 primary, "Decision," aired on April 23. Cantor also released a similar radio ad.[19]

Cantor's second ad, "Advisor," attacked, David Brat, by trying "to tie Brat to tax hikes proposed under then Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine."[20] In addition, Cantor's campaign created a website attacking Brat's record.

Campaign contributions

Eric Cantor

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cantor's reports.[21]

Eric Cantor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$1,080,247.45$1,193,432.81$(739,737.48)$1,533,942.78
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$1,533,942.78$1,139,154.20$(627,209.68)$2,045,887.30
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$2,045,887.30$679,701.20$(913,483.29)$1,812,105.21
Year-end[25]January 31, 2014$1,812,105$920,094$(812,579)$1,919,620
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$1,919,620.05$1,065,608.16$(930,842.5)$2,054,385.71
Running totals
$4,997,990.37$(4,023,851.95)


David Brat

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brat's reports.[27]

David Brat (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$0.00$89,610.53$(47,192.85)$42,417.68
Running totals
$89,610.53$(47,192.85)

Mike Dickinson

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Dickinson's reports.[29]

Mike Dickinson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$0.00$4,547.50$(3,519.54)$1,027.96
Running totals
$4,547.5$(3,519.54)

District history

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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Eric Cantor won re-election in the district.[31]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic E. Wayne Powell 41.4% 158,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor Incumbent 58.4% 222,983
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 914
Total Votes 381,909
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Eric Cantor won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rick E. Waugh, Jr. (D) and Floyd C. Bayne (G) in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, Virginia District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Cantor incumbent 59.2% 138,209
     Democratic Rick E. Waugh 34.1% 79,616
     Green Floyd C. Bayne 6.5% 15,164
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 413
Total Votes 233,402

See also

External links

References

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  2. La Times, "Washington reels as House's Eric Cantor loses to tea party challenger," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. Roll Call, “Eric Cantor Brings in Bucks for Primary Challenge,” accessed June 2, 2014
  4. Code of Virginia, "Title 24.2, Section 530," accessed June 10, 2014
  5. Virginia State Board of Elections Website, "Become a Registered Voter," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Virginia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. The Hill, "Eric Cantor gets a Tea Party challenger", accessed January 7, 2014
  8. Libertarian Party of Virginia, "Our Candidates," accessed March 21, 2014
  9. Campaign website, "Home", accessed December 3, 2013
  10. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2014 Republican Primaries for U.S House of Representatives," accessed April 3, 2014
  11. Examiner, "Congressional candidate: 'Pro life people are the true tyrants of America'," accessed March 1, 2014
  12. MrMediaTraining.com, "The Candidate Who Got Crushed by a Smarter Interviewer," April 13, 2014
  13. Smart Politics, "Eric Cantor 1st House Majority Leader to Lose Renomination Bid in History," June 10, 2014
  14. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named usa
  15. Facebook, "Jack Trammell for Congress," accessed June 10, 2014
  16. WUSA9, "VOTER'S GUIDE: Va. voters go to polls in 3 US House districts," June 9, 2014
  17. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  18. Huffington Post, "Eric Cantor's Unofficial Rival Dukes It Out With Fox News (UPDATE)," June 11, 2014
  19. TimesDispatch.com, "Cantor's first ad notes contrast with president's policies," accessed April 22, 2014
  20. Politico, "Eric Cantor hits primary opponent," accessed April 24, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Cantor Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Brat 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 29, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Dickinson 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 29, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013