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Iowa's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bruce Braley Democratic Party
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Iowa U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Heading into the election the incumbent is Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[1]

On the Democratic ticket, state Representative Pat Murphy beat out fellow state Representative Anesa Kajtazovic, attorney Dave O'Brien, Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon, former state Senator and Iowa Utilities Board member Swati Dandekar for the nomination to succeed Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley.

In the Republican primary, 2012 candidate Rod Blum defeated 2010 candidate Steve Rathje and Gail Boliver.

In polls, Pat Murphy (D) and Rod Blum (R) were the front-runners heading into the primary.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Iowa is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.[2]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by either May 26, 2014, to pre-register, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days before election day).[3]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[4]

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers the northeastern part of the state. The district includes Worth, Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall and Tama counties.[5]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Rumored candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run


Primary results

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Murphy 36.7% 10,171
Monica Vernon 23.6% 6,543
Swati Dandekar 18.3% 5,070
Anesa Kajtazovic 14.7% 4,062
Dave O'Brien 6.7% 1,844
Total Votes 27,690
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRod Blum 55% 16,889
Steve Rathje 37.1% 11,403
Gail Boliver 7.8% 2,409
Total Votes 30,701
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[28] 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.[29] Bruce Braley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[30]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[31] 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. Bruce Braley voted for HR 2775.[32]

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Anesa Kajtazovic

Kajtazovic received endorsements from same-sex marriage advocate Zach Wahls and former Hawkey and pro football player Tim Dwight.[33] She also received the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).[33] UFCW Locals 431 and 1149 represents over 2,500 workers in the 1st District.[33]

“We are endorsing Representative Kajtazovic because she understands better than anyone the concerns of Iowa’s working families. She shares the experience of arriving to Iowa as an immigrant with many of our members. She has seen our struggles firsthand and will fight every day to give all Iowans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream...We know she will fight for us because she is one of us,” the union said in its endorsement,” UFCW Locals 431 and 1149 said.[33]

Pat Murphy

  • The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) endorsed Pat Murphy (D) on March 28, 2014.[34][35]
    • “He successfully led the fight to raise the minimum wage in Iowa, and is leading it again. He also created universal pre-K in Iowa,” the PCCC said.[35]

Swati Dandekar

Swati Dandekar received an endorsement from the National Organization of Women (NOW).[36] John Deere, the largest employer in District 1, also endorsed her via the John Deere Political Action Committee.[37]

Polls

Democratic primary
Poll Pat Murphy Monica VernonSwati DandekarAnesa KajtazovicDave O'BrienUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 8-10, 2014
30%9%9%11%6%34%+/-5.65300
David Binder Research
February 27-March 2, 2014
30%11%13%13%9%0%+/-4.9400
Myers Research
February 11-13, 2014
36%17%13%11%8%0%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 32% 12.33% 11.67% 11.67% 7.67% 11.33% +/-5.15 366.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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
Poll Rod Blum Steve RathjeGail BoliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 10-11, 2014
17%12%2%68%+/-5.65300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. 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


Steve Rathje's February 2014 radio ad.

Monica Vernon's April 2014 ad, "Daughters."

Pat Murphy's April 2014 ad, "Story."

Swati Dandekar's April 2014 ad, "Imagine."

Steve Rathje (R) released a radio ad, with an estimated $10,000 price tag, in February 2014 that emphasized the benefits of returning manufacturing operations to the United States.[38]

Monica Vernon (D) was the first to release a television ad in the campaign.[39] The ad, "Daughters," is an opportunity for Vernon to introduce herself to thousands of potential voters, tell her story and make her case for the nomination.[39]

The ad featured Vernon's daughter, Eleanor, talking about her involvement in building a shelter for women and children, starting a business at her kitchen table and serving the community in various ways, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Bill.[39]

Pat Murphy released his first ad of the campaign on April 10, 2014. The ad was a biographical ad that featured his family.[40]

Swati Dandekar (D) released her first ad on April 14, 2014. Her ad tells the story of a young girl from India who works hard, graduates university and moves to Iowa with her husband. There, she and her husband start a business and a family. She eventually becomes a school board member, then a state legislator and continues working hard to bring jobs to Iowa.[41]

Campaign contributions

Democratic candidate Monica Vernon announced on July 10, 2013, that she had raised $103,587 in the three weeks after announcing her candidacy on June 4, 2013.[42]

Steve Rathje

Steve Rathje (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$0.00$51,300.00$(20,155.75)$31,144.25
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$31,144.25$52,624.29$(18,317.59)$65,450.95
October Quarterly[45]October 16, 2013$65,450.95$7,658.51$(16,219.75)$56,889.71
Year End[46]January 31, 2014$56,889$12,666$(19,886)$49,668
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$49,668$22,689$(38,639)$33,718
Running totals
$146,937.8$(113,218.09)

Rod Blum

Rod Blum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,107.92$(4,859.57)$98,248.35
October Quarterly[49]October 16, 2013$98,248.35$60,977.62$(18,423.79)$140,802.18
Year End[50]January 31, 2014$140,802$60,935$(26,680)$175,057
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$175,057$77,710$(42,000)$210,767
Running totals
$302,730.54$(91,963.36)

Gail Boliver

Gail Boliver (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]April 15, 2014$0$3,481$(1,851)$1,629
Running totals
$3,481$(1,851)

Anesa Kajtazovic

Anesa Kajtazovic (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[53]November 4, 2013$0.00$37,050.01$(7,878.05)$29,171.96
Year End[54]January 31, 2014$29,171$120,275$(44,523)$104,923
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2014$104,923$92,564$(104,844)$92,644
Running totals
$249,889.01$(157,245.05)

Anesa Kajtazovic raised $120,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, and ended the quarter with approximately $100,000 in cash on hand.[56]

Swati Dandekar

Swati Dandekar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[57]October 16, 2013$0.00$223,747.00$(36,667.22)$187,079.78
Year End[58]January 31, 2014$187,079$180,679$(105,241)$262,517
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$262,517$181,793$(154,594)$289,716
Running totals
$586,219$(296,502.22)

Monica Vernon

Monica Vernon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[60]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,687.00$(4,344.80)$99,342.20
October Quarterly[61]October 16, 2013$99,342.20$120,712.30$(57,745.81)$162,308.69
Year-End[62]January 31, 2014$162,308$224,422$(115,824)$270,906
April Quarterly[63]April 15, 2014$270,906$194,707$(184,436)$281,177
Running totals
$643,528.3$(362,350.61)

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[64]May 30, 2013$0.00$68,070.00$(8,202.80)$59,867.20
July Quarterly[65]July 15, 2013$59,867.20$81,923.00$(17,751.07)$124,039.13
October Quarterly[66]October 16, 2013$124,039.13$78,210.00$(260,002.07)$176,247.06
Year End[67]January 31, 2014$176,247$105,219$(57,177)$224,288
April Quarterly[68]April 15, 2014$224,288$100,257$(92,041)$232,504
Running totals
$433,679$(435,173.94)

Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[69]October 11, 2013$0.00$104,973.00$(25,374.37)$79,598.63
Year End[70]January 31, 2014$79,598$77,971$(32,849)$124,720
April Quarterly[71]April 15, 2014$124,720$132,227$(72,239)$184,709
Running totals
$315,171$(130,462.37)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Bruce Braley (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ben Lange, Gregory Hughes, and George Todd Krail II in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley Incumbent 56.9% 222,422
     Republican Ben Lange 41.6% 162,465
     Independent Gregory Hughes 1.2% 4,772
     Independent George Todd Krail II 0.2% 931
Total Votes 390,590
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bruce Braley won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Benjamin M. Lange (R), Rob J. Petsche (L) and Jason A. Faulkner (I) in the general election.[72]

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley incumbent 49.5% 104,428
     Republican Benjamin M. Lange 47.5% 100,219
     Libertarian Rob J. Petsche 1.9% 4,087
     Independent Jason A. Faulkner 1% 2,092
     N/A Write-In 0% 76
Total Votes 210,902

See also

External links

References

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