Arizona's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Paul Gosar Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Paul Gosar Republican Party
Paul Gosar.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

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

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The 4th Congressional District of Arizona held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Paul Gosar (R) won re-election in 2014. He was uncontested in the primary and defeated Mikel Weisser (D) in November.

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 was Paul Gosar (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 4th District covers the entire western portion of Arizona. Mohave, Yavapai, Gila, Pinal, La Paz and Yuma counties are included in the new district boundaries.[7]


General election candidates

Republican Party Paul Gosar Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Mikel Weisser
Libertarian Party Chris Rike

August 26, 2014, primary results
Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Not on ballot

Republican Party Kristopher Mortensen

Election results

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar Incumbent 70% 122,560
     Democratic Mikel Weisser 25.8% 45,179
     Libertarian Chris Rike 4.2% 7,440
Total Votes 175,179
Source: Arizona Secretary of State


Paul Gosar

  • The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed all of Arizona's Republican incumbent congressmen, including Paul Gosar, in their re-election bids. The group said, "We support the candidates who support small business, and Congressmen Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert and Franks have stellar, 100-percent voting records for Main Street this Congress."[8]

Key votes

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

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[9] Gosar joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[10][11]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[12] 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.[13] Paul Gosar voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.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.[15] 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. Paul Gosar voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Paul Gosar

Mikel Weisser

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Paul Gosar (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Johnnie Robinson (D), Joe Pamelia (L) and Richard Grayson (Americans Elect) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gosar Incumbent 66.8% 162,907
     Democratic Johnnie Robinson 28.4% 69,154
     Libertarian Joe Pamelia 3.8% 9,306
     Independent Richard Grayson 1% 2,393
Total Votes 243,760
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Ed Pastor won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Janet Contreras (R), Joe Cobb (L) and Rebecca Dewitt (G) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House, Arizona District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Pastor incumbent 66.9% 61,524
     Republican Janet Contreras 27.5% 25,300
     Libertarian Joe Cobb 3% 2,718
     Green Rebecca Dewitt 2.6% 2,365
Total Votes 91,907

See also

External links


  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. Sonoran News, "Big endorsement for Four Arizona Congressmen," August 20, 2014
  9. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar Pre-Primary," accessed October 20, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Gosar October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Mikel Weisser Year-End," accessed July 24, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Mikel Weisser April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Mikel Weisser July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Mikel Weisser Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Mikel Weisser October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013