Arizona's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search


Arizona's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Trent Franks Republican Party
Trent Franks.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Arizona U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Arizona.png
The 8th Congressional District of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Trent Franks (R) defeated Clair Van Steenwyk in the primary on August 26, 2014.[3] Franks faces no opposition in the general election and is guaranteed re-election 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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

See also: Arizona elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Trent Franks (R), who was first elected in 2002.

The 8th District is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[8]


General election candidates

Republican Party Trent Franks

August 26, 2014, primary results
Republican Party Republican Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 73.3% 53,771
Clair Van Steenwyk 26.7% 19,629
Total Votes 73,400
Source: Arizona Secretary of State


Trent Franks

  • The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) endorsed all of Arizona's Republican incumbent congressmen, including Trent Franks, 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."[9]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[10] Franks joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[11][12]

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.[13] 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.[14] Trent Franks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[16] 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. Trent Franks voted against HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

Trent Franks

Trent Franks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$-4,450.06$40,525.00$(33,226.94)$2,848.00
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$2,848.00$24,726.80$(18,078.12)$9,496.68
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$9,496.68$29,452.05$(28,056.61)$10,892.12
Year-End[21]January 24, 2014$10,892$49,415$(25,961)$34,345
April Quarterly[22]April 14, 2014$34,345$50,197$(53,958)$30,584
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$30,584$43,429$(59,151)$14,861
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
Ballot Access Requirements Final.jpg

Find detailed information on ballot access requirements in all 50 states and Washington D.C.


On November 6, 2012, Trent Franks (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gene Scharer (D) and Stephen Dolgos (Americans Elect) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrent Franks Incumbent 63.3% 172,809
     Democratic Gene Scharer 35.1% 95,635
     Libertarian Stephen Dolgos 1.6% 4,347
Total Votes 272,791
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2012 (special)

The 8th Congressional District of Arizona held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on June 12, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D). The general election was held on June 12, 2012, following a primary on April 17. Ron Barber (D) won the general election to replace Giffords.[24]


On November 2, 2010, Gabrielle Giffords won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Jesse Kelly (R) and Steven Stoltz (L) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGabrielle Giffords incumbent 48.8% 138,280
     Republican Jesse Kelly 47.3% 134,124
     Libertarian Steven Stoltz 3.9% 11,174
Total Votes 283,578

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. Politico, "2014 Arizona House Primaries Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Arizona Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration and Education," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Arizona Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  9. Sonoran News, "Big endorsement for Four Arizona Congressmen," August 20, 2014
  10. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Trent Franks July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "Ariz. governor sets dates for primary, general special elections to pick Giffords replacement," January 27, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013