Arizona's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Grijalva Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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

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The 3rd Congressional District of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Raul Grijalva (D) ran uncontested in the primary. He will face Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) in November and is expected to win re-election due to his incumbency and the district's Democratic alignment.

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.[3][4][5]

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

See also: Arizona elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Raul Grijalva (D), who was first elected in 2002.

The 3rd District is located in the southern portion and southwestern corner of the state. Yuma, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz counties are included in the new district boundaries.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Raul Grijalva
Republican Party Gabriela Saucedo Mercer


August 26, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Libertarian Party Miguel Olivas

Issues

Unemployment

Unemployment in Yuma, a border community in the southwestern corner of the district, was 34.5 percent in July 2013, roughly 4.5 times higher than the national average. The unusually high unemployment rate is caused by a large migrant population and seasonal agriculture. According to San Diego State University economics professor James Gerber on NPR, "The unemployment rate of border communities can sometimes artificially increase — and even double — because of a large uncounted migrant population. And border cities tend to have greater health problems and lower levels of education, which are associated with high unemployment." The unusually high unemployment rate could be an issue in the upcoming election.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] Raul Grijalva voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

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.[12] 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. Raul Grijalva voted for HR 2775.[13]

Campaign contributions

Raul Grijalva

Raul Grijalva (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$7,865.73$75,481.98$(34,159.31)$49,188.40
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$49,188.40$65,097.62$(56,374.41)$57,911.61
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2013$57,911.61$98,605.30$(61,176.61)$95,340.30
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$95,340$78,323$(64,505)$109,158
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$109,158$42,342$(42,659)$108,842
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2014$108,842$55,521$(56,093)$108,270
Pre-Primary[20]August 14, 2014$108,270$31,026$(30,505)$108,790
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2014$108,790$60,493$(45,136)$124,147
Running totals
$506,889.9$(390,608.33)

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 9, 2013$10,008.29$175.00$(7,400.29)$2,783.00
July Quarterly[23]July 12, 2013$2,783.00$13,182.00$(11,310.67)$4,654.33
October Quarterly[24]October 11, 2013$4,654.33$3,634.30$(6,223.80)$2,064.83
Year-End[25]January 15, 2014$2,064$5,795$(7,086)$773
April Quarterly[26]April 11, 2014$773$1,951$(2,880)$-155
July Quarterly[27]July 11, 2014$-155$8,435$(4,986)$3,448
Running totals
$33,172.3$(39,886.76)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Raul Grijalva (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) and Blanca Guerra (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Grijalva Incumbent 58.4% 98,468
     Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer 37.1% 62,663
     Libertarian Blanca Guerra 4.5% 7,567
Total Votes 168,698
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ben Quayle won election to the United States House. He defeated Jon Hulburd (D), Michael Shoen (L) and Leonard Clark (G) in the general election.[28]

U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBen Quayle 52.2% 108,689
     Democratic Jon Hulburd 41.1% 85,610
     Libertarian Michael Shoen 5% 10,478
     Green Leonard Clark 1.6% 3,294
Total Votes 208,071

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Arizona Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration and Education," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Arizona Redistricting, "Map," accessed July 7, 2012
  8. The Washington Post, "Unemployment in Yuma, Ariz., is 4.5 times the national average," August 28, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva Pre-Primary," accessed October 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Raul Grijalva October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Gabriela Saucedo Mercer July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013