Congressional District 16
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All Districts > CD16: Merced
[incumbent: Jim Costa (D) - term limit: none]

Probable Candidates - 2014

District Projection: Safe Democrat | ATC Partisan Index = 57.2 D
  • Mel Levey (Republican) - Military Officer  
  • Steve Crass (Republican) - Attorney  
  • Job Melton (No Party Preference) -   
  • (i) Jim Costa (Democratic) - Farmer/Representative  
  • Johnny Tacherra (Republican) - Farmer  
  • Joanna Garcia-Botelho (Republican) - Farmer/Businesswoman  
  • (i) = incumbent

    Until the filing period closes, candidates who have made gestures to a run are included. Some of these may not run, while others are likely to jump in.

    2012 Presidential Race

    • Barack Obama (D) 58.6%
    • Mitt Romney (R) 39.4%

    2010 Gubernatorial Race

    • Jerry Brown (D) 50.0%
    • Meg Whitman (R) 41.7%

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    District Voter Registration


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    Reported Fundraising
    (Total for this cycle)
    CandidateContributionsExpendituresCash on HandDebtFiling Period Close
    Costa, Jim$740,988$309,058$642,539$13,9233/31/14
    Tacherra, Johnny$26,256$29,543$15,124$18,3343/31/14
    Source: Federal Elections Commission

    2012 General Results

    November 6 General Election Results
    Final Results
    CandidateVotesPercentPrecincts Reporting
    Jim Costa (D)84,64957.4%409 of 409
    Brian Daniel Whelan (R)62,80142.6%409 of 409

    County Breakdown | Vote Count Tracker
    Source: California Secretary of State

    2012 Primary Results

    June 5 Primary Election Results
    Final Results
    CandidateVotesPercentPrecincts Reporting
    Jim Costa (D)25,35542.7%320 of 320
    Brian Daniel Whelan (R)15,05325.3%320 of 320
    Johnny M. Tacherra (R)6,77611.4%320 of 320
    Mark Garcia (R)6,52911.0%320 of 320
    Loraine Goodwin (D)5,7039.6%320 of 320

    County Breakdown
    Source: California Secretary of State


    2010 Census Demographics for CD16
    Citizen Voting-Age Population 6.2% 8.0% 40.7%
    Total Population 8.7% 6.4% 58.0%

    The Bench (likely future candidates)


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