US House District 6

VA House District #6

Summary

District Description: covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke, Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley.

RepresentativeBen Cline (R)

2018 Election Results:
Ben Cline (R) 59.8% - 168,341 votes
Jennifer Lewis (D) 40.1 % - 112,664 votes
Total votes: 281,285

Washington DC Office (currently Bob Goodlatte):

2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5431

Harrisonburg Office
70 North Mason Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Phone: (540) 432-2391

Lynchburg Office
916 Main Street, Suite 300
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 845-8306
Fax: (434) 845-8245

Roanoke Office:
10 Franklin Road SE, Suite 540
Roanoke, VA 24011
Phone: (540) 857-2672

Staunton Office
117 South Lewis Street, Suite 215
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 885-3861

Email:  contact@benclineforcongress.com

About

From Wikipedia

Virginia’s sixth congressional district is a United States congressional district in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It covers much of the west-central portion of the state, including Roanoke,Lynchburg and most of the Shenandoah Valley. The current representative is Bob Goodlatte (R), who has held the seat since the 1993 retirement of incumbent Democrat Jim Olin.

The district will be an open seat in 2018. In November 2017, Goodlatte announced that he would retire from Congress at the end of his current term, and would not seek re-election.

Historically, the 6th district was one of the first areas of Virginia to turn Republican. Many of the old Byrd Democrats in the area began splitting their tickets and voting Republican at the national level as early as the 1930s. It was also one of the first areas of Virginia where Republicans were able to break the long Democratic dominance at the state and local level. The district itself was in Republican hands from 1953 to 1983. Olin won the seat in 1982, and held it for a decade before current Congressman Goodlatte won it.

Some counties in the district haven’t supported a Democrat for president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. For instance, Highlandand Shenandoah counties last voted for a Democratic presidential candidate in 1932, and Augusta and Roanoke counties have not supported a Democrat since 1944. The district as a whole hasn’t supported a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Campaign finance

From financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Name Party Receipts* Disbursements** Cash on hand Date
Benjamin Lee “Ben” Cline Republican Party $726,489 $490,784 $235,705 As of September 30, 2018
Jennifer Lewis Democratic Party $331,451 $236,410 $91,714 As of September 30, 2018

District analysis

The 2018 Cook Partisan Voter Index for this district was R+13, meaning that in the previous two presidential elections, this district’s results were 13 percentage points more Republican than the national average. This made Virginia’s 6th Congressional District the 98th-most Republican nationally.

FiveThirtyEight’s elasticity score for states and congressional districts measured “how sensitive it is to changes in the national political environment.” Heading into the election, this district’s elasticity score was 0.98. This means that for every 1 point the national political mood moved toward a party, the district was expected to move 0.98 points toward that party.

See also: The Cook Political Report’s Partisan Voter Index and FiveThirtyEight’s elasticity scores

Recent Election Results

From Ballotpedia

More from VPAP

2016

Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte (R) defeated Kai Degner (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Goodlatte defeated Harry Griego in the Republican primary on June 14, 2016.

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 66.6% 225,471
Democratic Kai Degner 33.1% 112,170
N/A Write-in 0.2% 768
Total Votes 338,409
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

 

U.S. House, Virginia District 6 Republican Primary, 2016
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 77.9% 18,993
Harry Griego 22.1% 5,383
Total Votes 24,376
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

2014

The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte defeated Libertarian Will Hammer and Green Party candidate Elaine Hildebrandt in the general election.

 
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 74.5% 133,898
Libertarian Will Hammer 12.3% 22,161
Green Elaine Hildebrandt 11.9% 21,447
N/A Write-in 1.2% 2,202
Total Votes 179,708
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

2012

The 6th Congressional District of Virginia held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bob Goodlatte won re-election in the district.

 
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Andy Schmookler 34.6% 111,949
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte Incumbent 65.2% 211,278
Write-In N/A 0.2% 666
Total Votes 323,893
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections “Official Election Results, 2012 General Election”

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bob Goodlatte won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeffrey W. Vanke (I) and Stuart M. Bain (L) in the general election.

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Goodlatte incumbent 76.3% 127,487
Independent Jeffrey W. Vanke 13% 21,649
Libertarian Stuart M. Bain 9.2% 15,309
N/A Write-in 1.6% 2,709
Total Votes 167,154

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