Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
French Hill Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Griffin Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]


Arkansas U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

French Hill (R) won election to the seat in 2014. Three Republicans competed for the seat left open by retiring incumbent Tim Griffin: French Hill, Ann Clemmer and Conrad Reynolds. Hill, the frontrunner in the race, was victorious in the Republican primary.[3][4] He went on to defeat Patrick Hays (D) in the general election.

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

See also: Arkansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Griffin (R), who was first elected in 2010. Griffin did not seek re-election in 2014.[9]

The 2nd Congressional District is located in central Arkansas. White, Van Buren, Conway, Perry, Saline, Faulkner and Pulaski counties are included in the new boundaries of the district.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party French Hill Green check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Patrick Hays
Libertarian Party Debbie Standiford


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Convention

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 51.9% 123,073
     Democratic Patrick Hays 43.6% 103,477
     Libertarian Debbie Standiford 4.5% 10,590
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 190
Total Votes 237,330
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 55.1% 29,916
Ann Clemmer 22.8% 12,400
Conrad Reynolds 22.1% 11,994
Total Votes 54,310
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Race background

The election filled the vacancy left by Republican incumbent Tim Griffin's retirement. This race was the Democratic Party's best chance to pick up a U.S. House seat in Arkansas. Polling showed a close race between French Hill (R) and Patrick Hays (D), but Hill looked to have a slight advantage throughout. Both the Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball rated the district as Lean R.[13][14]

Debate

On October 13, 2014, a debate was held between Hill, Hays and Standiford. Hill attacked Obamacare saying, "It's a typical example of a one-size-fits-all solution to meet some challenges in our health care system. We wanted to help people with pre-existing conditions have better access to health care. We wanted to extend health care to the most needy. And we wanted to make health care more affordable. We didn't need to redo the entire health care system to tackle some of those issues." While Democrat Hays said that he would not have voted for Obamacare if he were in office, he did say he was happy that it extended health insurance to the poor. Standiford commented that the law was "once again the government stepping in trying to regulate a free market and ending up doing more damage than good."[15]

Both Hill and Standiford also agreed in their opposition to an increase in the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour. Hays disagreed and endorsed a ballot proposal on the general election ballot aimed at increasing Arkansas's minimum wage. He said, "It's an incredible travesty for people to work fulltime and still be considered in poverty. It's hard for me to understand where my opponents are coming from."[15]

Endorsements

Patrick Hays

Hays was endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition.[16]

Polls

General election

General election
Poll French Hill Patrick HaysDebbie StandifordUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business/Hendrix College (October 15-16, 2014)
42%46%5%8%+/-4.7437
Global Strategy Group (September 7-9, 2014)
41%44%0%15%+/-4.8410
Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College (July 22-25, 2014)
44%43%3%10%+/-4.5483
AVERAGES 42.33% 44.33% 2.67% 11% +/-4.67 443.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Republican Primary
Poll French Hill Conrad ReynoldsAnn ClemmerDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Talk Business-Hendrix College (April 29, 2014)
59%14%7%20%+/-5.1360
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

Patrick Hays


Ad describing how Hays streamlined government as mayor of North Little Rock

Ann Clemmer


Clemmer's first ad, attacking French Hill

Key votes

Below are important votes the former 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.[17] Griffin joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[18][19]

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.[20] 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.[21] Griffin voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Griffin voted for HR 2775.[24]

Campaign contributions

Pat Hays

Pat Hays (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[25]January 31, 2013$0$231,097$(18,573)$212,523
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$212,523$353,988$(94,845)$471,667
Pre-Primary[27]May 8, 2014$471,667$63,615$(27,233)$508,049
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$508,049$230,735$(117,987)$620,797
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2014$620,797$401,033$(667,516)$354,314
Running totals
$1,280,468$(926,154)

French Hill

French Hill (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[30]January 31, 2014$0$570,114$(39,138)$530,975
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2014$530,975$300,133$(116,674)$714,434
Pre-Primary[32]May 8, 2014$714,434$66,827$(402,612)$378,650
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2014$378,650$340,736$(251,398)$467,987
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2014$467,987$622,129$(583,613)$506,503
Running totals
$1,899,939$(1,393,435)

Ann Clemmer

Ann Clemmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$0$94,856$(6,774)$88,081
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$88,081$53,412$(40,959)$100,534
Pre-Primary[37]May 9, 2014$100,534$11,622$(60,527)$51,629
Running totals
$159,890$(108,260)

Conrad Reynolds

Conrad Reynolds (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[38]January 27, 2014$0$7,695$(473)$7,222
April Quarterly[39]April 14, 2014$7,222$91,376$(32,475)$66,123
Pre-Primary[40]May 9, 2014$66,123$2,919$(24,027)$45,015
Running totals
$101,990$(56,975)

**As of the Pre-Primary Report, Reynolds's committee owed $65,000 in outstanding loans to Conrad Reynolds.

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Tim Griffin (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Herb Rule in the general election.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Herb Rule 39.5% 113,156
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin Incumbent 55.2% 158,175
     Green Barbara Ward 3% 8,566
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 2.3% 6,701
Total Votes 286,598
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Griffin won election to the United States House. He defeated Joyce Elliott (D), Lance Levi (I) and Lewis Kennedy (G) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.9% 122,091
     Democratic Joyce Elliott 38.3% 80,687
     Independent Lance Levi 2.1% 4,421
     Green Lewis Kennedy 1.7% 3,599
Total Votes 210,798

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. Talk Business, "French Hill, Bruce Westerman Hold Big Leads In Congressional Races," May 4, 2014
  4. The Arkansas CW, "Arkansas - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  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. Arkansas Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Politico, "Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin won't seek re-election in 2014," October 21, 2013
  10. Arkansas April 2011 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 23, 2012
  11. Arkansas Times, " Arkansas Elections Asa Hutchinson 'nudges' French Hill to run for 2nd District Congress. It worked," October 29, 2013
  12. Arkansas Business, "Pat Hays Announces Run for 2nd District Seat," October 22, 2013 (dead link)
  13. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed October 22, 2014
  14. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed October 22, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Tribune, "Arkansas' 2nd District candidates meet at debate," October 13, 2014
  16. Politico, "Obama goes south — Schatz, Sullivan post new ads — Christie returns to New Hampshire — SCF sends funds to McDaniel legal fund," July 9, 2014
  17. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays Year-End," accessed February 10, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Pat Hays October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "French Hill October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Conrad Reynolds Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013