Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Rod Blum Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bruce Braley Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Lean D[3]

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 held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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The incumbent was Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[4]

Rod Blum (R) defeated Patrick Murphy (D) in the general election. In polls, Pat Murphy and Rod Blum were the front-runners heading into the primary. Financially, Blum had the most cash-on-hand with a little over $260,000 according to the Federal Election Commission July Quarterly. Murphy had about half as much with around $130,000.[5] Cook Political Report designated the district as "Likely Democrat."

In early October, Blum was able to garner support and narrowed Murphy's lead. Blum ran an internal polling of his district that stated he was up 40-39 over Murphy. Murphy also ran an internal polling of his district which stated he was leading Blum by a count of 51-40. The tight race had resulted in both parties seeking control of the district, though the Republicans narrowly won.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had spent nearly $600,000 to protect the district from Republican contention. Such effort came in a time where Blum was narrowing the race in a district that Obama won by a 14 percent margin of victory. Democrats were also expected to shed more U.S. House seats this congressional election. Analysts reported that with more contested elections in seats previously thought as safe for Democrats, the party was aiming to use their resources to prevent further loses in battleground districts.[6] The move ultimately failed as Murphy narrow lost in the genera election.

House Republicans had garnered $3 million to expand operations in tightly contested races. Many of these races aimed to unseat Democratic incumbents or win a seat vacated by a Democratic. Iowa's 1st Congressional District appeared on the list of areas where operations were expanded. The influx of money further bolstered efforts for Blum to defeat Murphy and claim the open seat.[7]

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 Swati Dandekar for the nomination to succeed Democratic incumbent Bruce Braley.

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

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.[8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary voters were required to register by either May 26, 2014, to pre-register, or on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 25, 2014 (10 days before election day).[9]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley did not seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[10]

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.[11]

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

Elections

General election results

The 1st Congressional District of Iowa held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rod Blum (R) defeated Pat Murphy (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Murphy 48.8% 141,145
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRod Blum 51.1% 147,762
     Write-in Other 0.1% 399
Total Votes 289,306
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results

Primary results

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Murphy 36.7% 10,189
Monica Vernon 23.6% 6,559
Swati Dandekar 18.3% 5,076
Anesa Kajtazovic 14.7% 4,067
Dave O'Brien 6.7% 1,846
Total Votes 27,737
Source: Iowa Secretary of State


U.S. House, Iowa District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRod Blum 55% 16,886
Steve Rathje 37.2% 11,420
Gail Boliver 7.9% 2,413
Total Votes 30,719
Source: Iowa Secretary of State

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[34] 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.[35] Bruce Braley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[36]

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.[37] 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.[38]

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Anesa Kajtazovic

Kajtazovic received endorsements from same-sex marriage advocate Zach Wahls and former Hawkeye and pro football player Tim Dwight.[39] She also received the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).[39] UFCW Locals 431 and 1149 represents over 2,500 workers in the 1st District.[39]

“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.[39]

Pat Murphy

  • The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) endorsed Pat Murphy (D) on March 28, 2014.[40][41]
    • “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.[41]

Swati Dandekar

Swati Dandekar received an endorsement from the National Organization of Women (NOW).[42] John Deere, the largest employer in District 1, also endorsed her via the John Deere Political Action Committee.[43]

Republican candidates

Rod Blum

Rod Blum received the following endorsements:[44]

  • National Rifle Association
  • Gun Owners of America
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Liberty Conservatives [45]
  • Young Americans for Liberty PAC
  • National Association for Gun Rights PAC
  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Polls

General election
Poll Pat Murphy Rod BlumUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College (September 2-5, 2014)
34.6%33%32.3%+/-5.6300
Polling Co. Inc.
August 11-12, 2014
40%35%25%+/-4.9401
Myers Research and Strategic Services
July 31-August 4, 2014
51%40%9%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 41.87% 36% 22.1% +/-5.13 367
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


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. 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. 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.[46]

Pat Murphy released his first ad of the campaign on April 10, 2014. The ad was a biographical ad that featured his family.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

Steve Rathje

Steve Rathje (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[50]July 15, 2013$0.00$51,300.00$(20,155.75)$31,144.25
July Quarterly[51]July 15, 2013$31,144.25$52,624.29$(18,317.59)$65,450.95
October Quarterly[52]October 16, 2013$65,450.95$7,658.51$(16,219.75)$56,889.71
Year End[53]January 31, 2014$56,889$12,666$(19,886)$49,668
April Quarterly[54]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[55]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,107.92$(4,859.57)$98,248.35
October Quarterly[56]October 16, 2013$98,248.35$60,977.62$(18,423.79)$140,802.18
Year End[57]January 31, 2014$140,802$60,935$(26,680)$175,057
April Quarterly[58]April 15, 2014$175,057$77,710$(42,000)$210,767
July Quarterly[59]July 15, 2014$168,725$150,211$(57,220)$261,717
October Quarterly[60]October 15, 2014$168,725$402,462$(344,345)$226,842
Running totals
$855,403.54$(493,528.36)

Gail Boliver

Gail Boliver (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[61]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[62]November 4, 2013$0.00$37,050.01$(7,878.05)$29,171.96
Year End[63]January 31, 2014$29,171$120,275$(44,523)$104,923
April Quarterly[64]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.[65]

Swati Dandekar

Swati Dandekar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[66]October 16, 2013$0.00$223,747.00$(36,667.22)$187,079.78
Year End[67]January 31, 2014$187,079$180,679$(105,241)$262,517
April Quarterly[68]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[69]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,687.00$(4,344.80)$99,342.20
October Quarterly[70]October 16, 2013$99,342.20$120,712.30$(57,745.81)$162,308.69
Year-End[71]January 31, 2014$162,308$224,422$(115,824)$270,906
April Quarterly[72]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[73]May 30, 2013$0.00$68,070.00$(8,202.80)$59,867.20
July Quarterly[74]July 15, 2013$59,867.20$81,923.00$(17,751.07)$124,039.13
October Quarterly[75]October 16, 2013$124,039.13$78,210.00$(260,002.07)$176,247.06
Year End[76]January 31, 2014$176,247$105,219$(57,177)$224,288
April Quarterly[77]April 15, 2014$224,288$100,257$(92,041)$232,504
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$67,037$239,306$(175,604)$130,738
Running totals
$672,985$(610,777.94)

Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[78]October 11, 2013$0.00$104,973.00$(25,374.37)$79,598.63
Year End[79]January 31, 2014$79,598$77,971$(32,849)$124,720
April Quarterly[80]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.[81]

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

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