Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Kyrsten Sinema Democratic Party
Kyrsten Sinema.jpeg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

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

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The 9th Congressional District of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Arizona's 9th Congressional District is a battleground in 2014. Incumbent Kyrsten Sinema (D) is seeking re-election in a district with relatively even numbers of registered Democrats and Republicans according to Cook's PVI and Fairvote.[3][4] Sinema is a freshman incumbent who won election in 2012 by just over 4 percent of the vote. Additionally, the district was won by President Barack Obama by roughly 4 percent in both 2012 and 2008.

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

See also: Arizona elections, 2014

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

The 9th District is based in Tempe, Arizona, and is one of five primarily urban districts centered around Phoenix, Arizona.[9]


General election candidates

Democratic Party Kyrsten Sinema
Republican Party Wendy Rogers

August 26, 2014, primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Arizona District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Rogers 59.4% 22,717
Andrew Walter 40.6% 15,510
Total Votes 38,227
Source: Arizona Secretary of State

Race background

Incumbent Kyrsten Sinema (D) 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.[12]


Kyrsten Sinema

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Sinema on September 5, 2014. Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO Glenn Hamer said, "The endorsement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s most respected pro- business advocacy organization, is a recognition of Rep. Sinema’s efforts to create an environment for job growth in Arizona and the nation where businesses large and small can thrive. The Arizona business community appreciates Rep. Sinema’s hard work on issues like the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and the development of a simpler, fairer tax code, which are vital to improving the U.S.’ competitive standing."[13]


Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers - "Walk With Me"


Kyrsten Sinema

Sinema's campaign website lists the following issues:[14]

  • Looking out for Veterans and Military families: "To address the broken health care system seen at the Phoenix VA, Kyrsten has taken several immediate steps to help provide veterans with the health care and services they need."
  • Listening to and standing up for Arizona families: "Kyrsten believes that no person who is willing to work full time should have to live in poverty, that’s why she supports an increase in the minimum wage. She also supported the No Budget No Pay Act because Congress should not get paid unless they do their job and pass a budget. She has fought to protect Medicare and Social Security so that we keep our promises to seniors and allow them to retire with dignity."
  • Creating Good Jobs in Arizona: "Sinema works directly with Arizona businesses in order to listen to their concerns and help solve problems. She has pushed a bill to give tax breaks to companies that create high-tech, high-wage jobs. She is a strong supporter of our schools, community colleges and universities, so that Arizona will have the highly educated workforce we need to move our economy forward."
  • Standing up for women and their families: "Kyrsten stood up when some in Congress tried to allow employers to deny coverage for basic women’s health care like birth control. Kyrsten opposed the law, and believes that only a woman, her family, and her doctor should be allowed to decide what is best for her health."
  • Supporting Arizona Seniors: "Arizona seniors from across Congressional District 9 have told Congresswoman Sinema how, after a lifetime of hard work, Social Security allows them to retire with dignity. She will continue to fight for Arizona seniors and families by protecting Social Security and Medicare, even if that means taking on Washington and the President."


—Kyrsten Sinema's campaign website,

Wendy Rogers

Rogers' campaign website lists the following issues:[16]

  • Jobs & Economic Growth: "I believe we can reduce the tax and regulatory burden on families and job providers as an important first step toward jumpstarting our nation’s economy. Government doesn’t create jobs, but government can prevent jobs from being created. So let’s get Congress and the federal government out of the way of real job growth."
  • Health Care: "In her first five months in Congress, Kyrsten Sinema has already TWICE voted to fund and implement Obamacare, the signature, self-named health care leviathan which will ultimately serve as Barack Obama’s legislative legacy. If I were in Congress now, I would have twice voted to repeal and defund this bill."
  • National Security: "America’s security is under constant threat. I believe we have a responsibility to maintain America’s military preparedness against all foreseeable threats. An aggressive China, a resurgent Russia, the proliferations of nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union, rogue nations from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula, and radical Islamic terrorists intent on killing innocent victims around the world are just a few of the potential security threats we must be ready to address without warning."
  • Border Security & Immigration: "America’s immigration system is as broken as are our borders. Both must be fixed. As the majority of Americans, I support LEGAL immigration as much as I oppose ILLEGAL immigration. Unfortunately, Kyrsten Sinema and the career politicians and special interests in Washington are playing political games with both—and for decades, nothing meaningful has gotten done."
  • Education: "There is no more important issue facing America today than the strength of our nation’s schools and the quality of the education our children are receiving. President Reagan said, “As a nation, we are dedicated to excellence in education. It makes a better life for our children as individuals, and it further secures the liberty we cherish.”"


—Wendy Rogers' campaign website,

Key votes

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

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Yea3.png On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[17][18] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[18] Kyrsten Sinema dissented from the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

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.[19] 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.[20] Kyrsten Sinema voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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. Kyrsten Sinema voted for HR 2775.[23]

Campaign contributions

Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$48,923.27$333,062.76$(74,924.61)$307,061.42
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$307,061.42$395,593.02$(155,279.28)$547,375.16
October Quarterly[26]October 15, 2013$547,375.16$329,040.77$(94,813.44)$781,602.49
Year-End[27]January 29, 2014$781,602$339,303$(99,316)$1,021,589
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$1,021,589$419,619$(175,676)$1,265,532
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$1,265,532$582,834$(253,319)$1,595,047
Running totals

Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 12, 2013$3,583$102,530$(6,597)$99,515
July Quarterly[31]July 8, 2013$99,515$128,425$(21,502)$206,438
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$206,438$118,535$(53,345)$271,628
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$271,628$90,026$(50,163)$311,490
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$311,490$137,958$(45,801)$403,648
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2014$403,648$138,367$(154,669)$387,346
Running totals

Andrew Walter

Andrew Walter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$0.00$137,659.48$(15,539.11)$122,120.37
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2013$122,120.37$64,392.45$(36,560.09)$149,952.73
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$149,952$64,438$(28,580)$185,810
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$185,810$112,133$(41,705)$256,238
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2014$256,238$105,323$(141,480)$220,081
Running totals

**As of the 2014 July Quarterly Report, Walter's committee owed $100,000 in outstanding loans to Andrew Walter.

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Kyrsten Sinema (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Vernon Parker (R) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKyrsten Sinema 48.7% 121,881
     Republican Vernon B. Parker 44.6% 111,630
     Libertarian Powell Gammill 6.6% 16,630
Total Votes 250,141
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


The district was created following the 2010 census.

See also

External links


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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. FairVote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed November 5, 2013
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  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Arizona Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration and Education," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Arizona Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  10. Roll Call, "Arizona: GOP Challenger to Sinema Kicks Off Campaign on Sunday," March 14, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Arizona: Ex-ASU Quarterback Files to Challenge Sinema," April 8, 2013
  12. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  13. Kyrsten Sinema's campaign website, "Sinema Receives Endorsement of U.S. Chamber of Commerce," September 5, 2014
  14. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 11, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed June 12, 2014
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  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 485," accessed September 10, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
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  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  33. Federal Election Commission, "Wendy Rogers Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
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  35. Federal Election Commission, "Wendy Rogers July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Walter July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Walter October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Walter Year-End," accessed February 7, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Walter April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Walter July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014