Iowa's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Loebsack 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
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd 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 Dave Loebsack (D), who was first elected in 2006. He faced no opposition in the Democratic primary.

Former Iowa Department of Public Health director Mariannette Miller-Meeks beat out State Representative Mark Lofgren and Matthew Waldren for the nomination in the Republican 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.[4]

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).[5]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Dave Loebsack (D), who was first elected in 2006.

Iowa's 2nd Congressional District generally covers most of the southeastern part of the state including Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Decatur, Wayne, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren, Lee, Henry, Des Moines, Louisa, Muscatine, Cedar, Johnson, Cedar, Scott, Clinton, Washington, Keokuk, Mahaska, Marion and Jasper counties are included in this district.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Primary results

U.S. House, Iowa District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMariannette Miller-Meeks 49.5% 15,059
Mark Lofgren 38.2% 11,632
Matthew Waldren 12.3% 3,750
Total Votes 30,441
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Polls

General election

General election match-up
Poll Dave Loebsack (D) Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Tarrance Group
August 3-5, 2014
45%42%13%+/-4.9400
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Republican primary

Republican primary
Poll Mariannette Miller-Meeks Mark LofgrenMatthew WaldrenUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
April 8-10, 2014
17%11%1%68%+/-5.65300
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Key votes

Below are important votes the current 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.[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] Dave Loebsack voted against 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. Dave Loebsack voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Dave Loebsack

Dave Loebsack (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$21,887.02$106,111.89$(27,288.12)$100,710.79
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$95,660.51$147,430.97$(27,443.10)$215,648.38
October Quarterly[17]October 13, 2013$215,648.38$151,156.64$(34,794.98)$332,010.04
Year-end[18]January 31, 2014$332,010$144,582$(51,476)$425,115
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$425,115$204,250$(58,105)$571,261
Running totals
$753,531.5$(199,107.2)

Mark Lofgren

Mark Lofgren (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 30, 2013$575,964.25$45,240.47$(49,543.88)$571,660.84
July Quarterly[21]July 11, 2013$571,660.84$149,546.50$(62,821.34)$658,386.00
October Quarterly[22]October 16, 2013$658,386.00$228,648.22$(91,484.59)$795,549.63
Year End[23]January 31, 2014$24,912$34,003$(26,546)$32,368
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$32,428$18,340$(36,737)$14,031
Running totals
$475,778.19$(267,132.81)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Dave Loebsack (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Archer in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack Incumbent 55.6% 211,863
     Republican John Archer 42.5% 161,977
     Independent Alan Aversa 1.9% 7,112
Total Votes 380,952
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Dave Loebsack won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R), Gary Sicard (L) and Jon Tack (C) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Iowa District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDave Loebsack incumbent 51% 115,839
     Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 45.9% 104,319
     Libertarian Gary Sicard 1.9% 4,356
     Constitution Jon Tack 1.1% 2,463
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 198
Total Votes 227,175

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Pre-Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. Iowa Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 QC Times "Lofgren announces 2nd Congressional District bid" accessed June 26, 2013
  8. Des Moines Register "Miller-Meeks might try again to unseat Loebsack" accessed June 26, 2013
  9. Iowa Secretary of State Elections, "Candidate List," accessed March 15, 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, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 30, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," November 6, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013