Arkansas's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arkansas's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Rick Crawford Republican Party
Rick Crawford AR.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Arkansas U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Rick Crawford (R) was unchallenged in the Republican primary. He will face Jackie McPherson (D) in the general election and should win easily due to the district's Republican lean.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Arkansas is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register to vote by April 20, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[6]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Rick Crawford (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 1st Congressional District is located in northeastern Arkansas. Clay, Randolph, Greene, Lawrence, Craighead, Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Baxter, Stone, Searcy, Independent, Cleburne, Jackson, Poinsett, Crittenden, Cross, Woodruff, St. Francis, Lee, Mississippi, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Arkansas, Phillips, Lincoln, Chicot and Desha counties are included.[7]


General election candidates

Republican Party Rick Crawford
Democratic Party Jackie McPherson
Libertarian Party Brian Scott Willhite

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention


General election
Poll Rick Crawford Jackie McPhersonScott WillhiteUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College (July 22-25, 2014)
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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.[8] Crawford joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12] Rick Crawford voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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.[14] 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. Rick Crawford voted for HR 2775.[15]

Campaign contributions

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 10, 2013$155,981.82$60,076.11$(62,242.30)$153,815.63
July Quarterly[17]July 11, 2013$153,815.63$99,185.65$(84,068.96)$168,932.32
October Quarterly[18]October 9, 2013$168,932.32$185,952.06$(48,556.19)$306,328.19
Year-End[19]January 27, 2014$306,328$86,684$(59,386)$333,626
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$33,626$97,455$(70,556)$360,524
Pre-Primary[21]May 7, 2014$360,524$29,155$(10,938)$378,740
July Quarterly[22]July 13, 2014$378,740$94,295$(43,570)$429,465
October Quarterly[23]October 14, 2014$429,465$187,305$(107,552)$509,218
Running totals

Jackie McPherson

Jackie McPherson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$0$111,645$(10,962)$100,682
Pre-Primary[25]May 8, 2014$100,682$6,874$(5,198)$102,358
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$102,358$40,740$(35,601)$107,496
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Rick Crawford (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Scott Ellington, Jacob Holloway and Jessica Paxton in the general election.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Ellington 39.1% 96,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford Incumbent 56.2% 138,800
     Green Jacob Holloway 2% 5,015
     Libertarian Jessica Paxton 2.6% 6,427
Total Votes 246,843
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Rick Crawford won election to the United States House. He defeated Chad Causey (D) and Ken Adler (G) in the general election.[27]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford 51.8% 93,224
     Democratic Chad Causey 43.5% 78,267
     Green Ken Adler 4.6% 8,320
Total Votes 179,811

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. Arkansas Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Arkansas April 2011 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 23, 2012
  8. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Jackie McPherson April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jackie McPherson Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jackie McPherson July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013