Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic Party
Ann Kirkpatrick.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]

Arizona U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Arizona's 1st Congressional District is a battleground in 2014. Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick (D) is seeking re-election in a district with a Republican lean according to both Cook's PVI and Fairvote.[3][4] Additionally, Kirkpatrick won the district in 2012 by under 4 percent, and the Republican presidential candidate won the district in both 2012 and 2008.

Kirkpatrick will face Andy Tobin (R) in the general election. The Republican primary was too close to call for more than a week after the primary election. Tobin ultimately triumphed over Gary Kiehne by just under 1 percent of the vote.[5][6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 28, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arizona is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[10]

See also: Arizona elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Ann Kirkpatrick (D), who was first elected in 2012.

The 1st District stretches along the eastern and northeastern portions of the state and includes Apache, Navajo, Greenlee, Graham, Pinal, Gila and Coconino counties.[11]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Ann Kirkpatrick
Republican Party Andy Tobin

August 26, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Tobin 35.8% 18,814
Gary Kiehne 35.1% 18,407
Adam Kwasman 29.1% 15,266
Total Votes 52,487
Source: Arizona Secretary of State

Race background

General election

Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick (D), is one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[13] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Kirkpatrick's district ranks as the 6th most Republican (45% D).[14]

Kirkpatrick is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[15]

Kirkpatrick will face Andy Tobin (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Republican primary

Migrant children comment

Candidate Adam Kwasman mistook a bus of YMCA campers for an expected group of immigrant children being moved to a shelter in Oracle, AZ. Upon seeing the bus Kwasman tweeted, "Bus coming in. This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law." He then told a reporter, "I was actually able to see some of the children in the buses. The fear on their faces.... This is not compassion." When he was informed of his blunder, he apologized "I apologize, I didn't know. I was leaving when I saw them."[16][17]

Kwasman's cancer

Candidate Adam Kwasman revealed that he has a rare blood cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, on August 14, 2014, just two weeks before the primary election. Kwasman said that the cancer is slow-growing, has presented no symptoms and will likely require no treatment for up to a decade. When speculation emerged that he was trying to use the diagnosis to generate goodwill, Kwasman responded, "The story was already getting out there. This is not about politics. ... I don't understand why telling people I have cancer is good publicity."[18]


Candidate Andy Tobin suggested that Central American migrants could bring the Ebola virus to the United States in an interview in the Tucson Weekly on August 21, 2014. Tobin said, "Anything's now possible. So if you were to say the Ebola virus has now entered (the country), I don't think anyone would be surprised... to the extent that they're really aware of that. I think there is a reason we should be concerned about it and say, 'Hey, can you assure us the people crossing the border are not from the Middle East?'…So I use that as an example, that the public would not be surprised to hear about the next calamity at the border."[19]


Andy Tobin

On March 29, 2014, Speaker John Boehner headlined a fundraiser for Andy Tobin and Martha McSally (AZ-02).[20]


Ann Kirkpatrick

DCCC ad attacking Tobin on education cuts

Opposing Kirkpatrick

LIBRE Initiative ad attacking Ann Kirkpatrick for voting for Obamacare

NRCC ad attacking Kirkpatrick for "carrying Obama's baggage"

Gary Kiehne

Kiehne for Congress "Washington is Broken"


Campaign themes

Ann Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick's campaign website lists the following issues:[21]

  • 2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. The NRA has awarded me an "A" rating for my efforts to defend Second Amendment rights."
  • Immigration and Border Security
Excerpt: "Immigration and border security issues are especially urgent here in Arizona, but unfortunately we’ve seen many elected officials and candidates use these issues for their own political gain instead of actually solving the problems."
  • Jobs for Arizona
Excerpt: "It’s all about jobs. We need jobs in Greater Arizona, and we need to get folks back to work. Our middle class has been smashed by the recession and is struggling to keep up with the rising cost of basic living expenses, gasoline, college education, and health care. I am committed to making Greater Arizona home to a revived middle class by making the creation of good-paying local jobs my top priority. "
  • Protecting Medicare and Social Security
Excerpt: "Our seniors worked hard and held jobs their whole lives to earn the benefits that Medicare and Social Security provide. During this economic downturn, seniors are counting on Social Security and Medicare more than ever, and after years of hard work, they deserve the peace of mind these programs provide."
  • Building Critical Infrastructure
Excerpt: "I strongly support creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Greater Arizona and empowering our economic recovery through investments in critical infrastructure projects."

Republican primary

Gun violence

While speaking at a Republican primary debate, Gary Kiehne made the claim that 99 percent of mass shootings in the country were committed by Democrats. He said, "If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people. So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans."[22]

Kiehne later apologized, saying "This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect. I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations."[23]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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.[24] 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.[25] Ann Kirkpatrick voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[27] 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. Ann Kirkpatrick voted for HR 2775.[28]

Campaign contributions

Ann Kirkpatrick

Ann Kirkpatrick (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$7,757.86$314,137.54$(76,999.97)$244,895.43
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$244,895.43$311,893.37$(104,011.45)$452,777.35
October Quarterly[31]October 15, 2013$452,777.35$295,690.75$(95,816.14)$652,651.96
Year-End[32]January 31, 2014$652,651$268,973$(97,465)$824,159
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$824,159$321,881$(109,861)$1,036,178
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2014$1,036,178$420,640$(157,979)$1,298,839
Running totals

Gary Kiehne

Gary Kiehne (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$0$50,600$(5,000)$45,600
Year-End[36]January 31, 2014$45,600$217,073$(51,999)$210,673
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$210,673$166,642$(102,622)$274,693
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2014$274,693$193,150$(130,820)$337,022
Running totals

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Kiehne's committee owed $300,000 in outstanding loans to Gary Kiehne.

Adam Kwasman

Adam Kwasman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[39]February 1, 2014$0$102,555$(23,183)$79,372
April Quarterly[40]April 17, 2014$79,372$28,234$(43,074)$64,532
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2014$64,532$74,549$(51,003)$88,078
Running totals

Andy Tobin

Andy Tobin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[42]January 23, 2014$0$235,120$(43,767)$191,352
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$191,352$150,211$(128,318)$213,246
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$213,246$176,810$(169,554)$220,502
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Ann Kirkpatrick (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Jonathan Paton and Kim Allen in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Kirkpatrick 48.8% 122,774
     Republican Jonathon Paton 45.1% 113,594
     Libertarian Kim Allen 6.1% 15,227
Total Votes 251,595
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Paul Gosar won election to the United States House. He defeated Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and Nicole Patti (L) in the general election.[45]

U.S. House, Arizona District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar 49.7% 112,816
     Democratic Ann Kirkpatrick incumbent 43.7% 99,233
     Libertarian Nicole Patti 6.6% 14,869
Total Votes 226,918

See also

External links


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