Colorado's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Colorado's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Cory Gardner Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Four Republican candidates competed for the open seat left by incumbent Cory Gardner's U.S. Senate run: Ken Buck, Barbara Kirkmeyer, Steve Laffey and Scott Renfroe. Ken Buck emerged from the Republican primary victorious and will face Vic Meyers (D) in the general election. Buck is expected to easily win in November due to the district's Republican alignment.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[3]

Voter registration: Voters can register to vote in the primary by either June 2 (by mail, at a voter registration agency, voter registration drive or DMV), June 16 (online) or on election day (in-person at a voter service polling center). For the general election, voters can register November 4, 2014, through election day.[4]

See also: Colorado elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Cory Gardner (R), who was first elected in 2010. Gardner is not seeking re-election in 2014. He is instead seeking election to the U.S. Senate.[5]

The 4th District is located in eastern Colorado and includes Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, Lincoln, Douglas, Elbett, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Kioawa, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma, Washington, Morgan, Weld, Logan, Phillips, Arapshoe and Sedgwick counties.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Vic Meyers
Republican Party Ken Buck

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Buck 44.2% 32,714
Scott Renfroe 23.9% 17,722
Barbara Kirkmeyer 16.4% 12,155
Scott Laffey 15.4% 11,433
Total Votes 74,024
Source: Colorado Secretary of State

Media

Steve Laffey


Steve Laffey campaign ad

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.[7] Gardner joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Cory Gardner voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

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.[13] 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. Cory Gardner voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Vic Meyers

Vic Meyers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[15]January 26, 2014$25$5,648$(4,219)$1,453
April Quarterly[16]April 13, 2014$1,453$10,690$(4,775)$7,368
Pre-Primary[17]June 8, 2014$7,368$17,545$(9,220)$15,694
Running totals
$33,883$(18,214)

Barbara Kirkmeyer

Barbara Kirkmeyer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 14, 2014$0$46,265$(1,336)$44,929
Pre-Primary[19]June 12, 2014$44,929$43,195$(61,191)$26,932
Running totals
$89,460$(62,527)

Steve Laffey

Steve Laffey (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$0$400,428$(56,470)$343,957
Pre-Primary[21]June 12, 2014$343,957$57,037$(320,069)$80,925
Running totals
$457,465$(376,539)

**As of the 2014 April Quarterly Report, Laffey's committee owed $350,000 in outstanding loans to Steve Laffey.

Scott Renfroe

Scott Renfroe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$0$211,680$(20,775)$190,905
Pre-Primary[23]June 12, 2014$190,905$55,657$(213,553)$33,008
Running totals
$267,337$(234,328)

**As of the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, Renfroe's committee owed $200,000 in outstanding loans to Scott Renfroe.

Ken Buck

Ken Buck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 2, 2013$72,336.59$17.44$(35.10)$72,318.93
July Quarterly[25]July 12, 2013$72,318.93$18.03$(15.12)$72,321.84
October Quarterly[26]October 12, 2013$72,321.84$227,985.01$(53,752.40)$246,554.45
Year-End[27]January 30, 2014$246,554$154,762$(138,969)$262,347
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$262,347$215,028$(323,788)$153,587
Pre-Primary[29]June 12, 2014$153,587$154,086$(163,942)$143,731
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2014$143,731$79,941$(163,342)$60,329
Running totals
$831,837.48$(843,843.62)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Cory Gardner (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brandon Shaffer, Josh Gilliland and Doug Aden in the general election.

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brandon Shaffer 36.8% 125,715
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner Incumbent 58.4% 199,842
     Libertarian Josh Gilliland 3.1% 10,674
     Constitution Doug Aden 1.7% 5,845
Total Votes 342,076
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Cory Gardner won election to the United States House. He defeated incumbent Betsy Markey (D), Doug Aden (American Constitution) and Ken Waszkiewicz (Unaffiliated) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner 52.5% 138,634
     Democratic Betsy Markey incumbent 41.4% 109,249
     American Constitution Doug Aden 4.7% 12,312
     Unaffiliated Ken Waszkiewicz 1.5% 3,986
Total Votes 264,181

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. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQs," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. The Weekly Standard, "Colorado Shake-Up: Gardner for Senate, Buck for Congress," February 26, 2014
  6. Colorado November 2011 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  7. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  8. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  9. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Vic Meyers Year-End," accessed April 30, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Vic Meyers April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Vic Meyers Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Kirkmeyer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Barbara Kirkmeyer Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Laffey April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Laffey Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Renfroe April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Renfroe Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck April Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Ken Buck July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013