Iowa's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Latham Republican Party
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The 3rd Congressional District of Iowa will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell was unseated by Tom Latham (R) in the 2012 general election, but President Obama still won the district, signaling to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that the 3rd District could be reclaimed in 2014.

Tom Latham announced on December 17, 2013, that he would not run for re-election in 2014, leaving the seat open.[1]

A single Democratic candidate ran in the primary--Staci Appel.[2]

On the Republican ticket, six candidates are seeking the nomination--Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Joe Grandanette, former chief of staff to Sen. Chuck Grassley David Young, state Senator Brad Zaun, Robert Cramer and Monte Shaw.[2]

The Republican nomination will be decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot.[3][4][5][6]


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.[7]

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).[8]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tom Latham (R), who was first elected in 1994. Latham announced on December 17, 2013, that he would not run for re-election in 2014.[9]

The Republican nomination will be decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot.[10][4][11][12]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District currently covers an area in the southeastern corner of Iowa. Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Warren, Madison, Adair, Cass, Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Page, Montgomery, Taylor, Adams, Union and Ringgold counties are included in this district.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold in the primary required to make the general election ballot.[23][24]

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Considered but withdrew

Declined to run

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Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell was unseated by Republican Tom Latham in the 2012 general election, but President Obama still won the district, signaling to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that the 3rd District could be reclaimed in 2014.

As of January, 2013, the DCCC was already at work recruiting Democratic candidates. The DCCC reportedly capitalized on the elite guest lists at events surrounding the presidential inauguration to vet prospects in three promising congressional districts, including businessman Michael Sherzan for Iowa's 3rd District. Sherzan is the chairman of Broker Deal Financial Services Corp, and had not been on the radar before his arrival in Washington for inaugural weekend.[34] The report proved to be accurate when, on February 11, 2013, Sherzan formally announced his bid for the seat.[35][36] He withdrew from the race in April 2013.[37] Democratic candidate Staci Appel eventually declared her candidacy.

Appel is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[38]

Primary results

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Brad Zaun 24.7% 10,578
Robert Cramer 21.2% 9,107
Matt Schultz 20.1% 8,618
Monte Shaw 16.9% 7,260
David Young 15.6% 6,683
Joe Grandanette 1.6% 666
Total Votes 42,912
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Brad Zaun was the first-place vote-getter in the primary in the six-way battle, but did not win the necessary 35% to be declared the victor. At a later special convention, Zaun led in the first four ballots. After a series of events that hinged on personalities and inter-party rivalries, the fifth place finisher, David Young, ended up being the nominee.[39]

Endorsements

Staci Appel

  • A newly created Mayday “super PAC” began a $12 million advertising campaign to help elect lawmakers of both parties who support proposals to diminish the influence of big donors.[40] In Iowa, the group is backing Staci Appel.[40]
    • “Inside-the-Beltway people don’t think this issue matters, they don’t think voters vote on the basis of this issue, and they advise their politicians not to talk about it,” said Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School with ties to Silicon Valley who is a founder of the Mayday PAC with Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.[40]

Robert Cramer

  • Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee endorsed Robert Cramer on May 20, 2014.[41]
    • "We need Christian businessmen like Robert Cramer in Congress. His no-nonsense approach and traditional values will make him an effective leader for Iowa families. We need his help as soon as possible to take on the broken, insider culture of Washington. Robert is the right man to take on the career politicians and their special interests because he serves a higher calling, and won't compromise his values. I'm proud to support him," Huckabee said in a statement.[41]

Media


Robert Cramer's first ad, released in March 2014, "Blueprint."

Matt Schultz's first ad, released in April 2014, "Done it."

David Young's first ad, released in April 2014, "Young for Iowa."

Robert Cramer

Robert Cramer released his first ad on March 20, 2014, the first ad released by any of the congressional campaigns in the race.[42]

Matt Schultz

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz released his first ad on April 14, 2014.[43] Schultz said he spent $1 million less than the previous Iowa Secretary of State and would return $200,000 in unspent elections office money to the state's general fund in July 2014. Schultz also said he fought "the Democrats and the media" on requiring government IDs to vote.[43]

David Young

David Young (R) released his first television commercial in April 2014, which showed him transforming an Obama HOPE bumper sticker into an American flag.[44]

Young said in the ad that while President Barack Obama promised us hope, he has instead "ripped apart our economy, shredded our healthcare system, and crumbled our national security."[44]

"If we band together and fight for our conservative principles, we can put our economy and our country back together again," he said at the end of the ad.[44]

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Brad Zaun Robert CramerDavid YoungMatt SchultzMonte ShawJoe GrandanetteUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College
May 20, 2014
17.4%8.3%8%7.6%5.3%2.0%50.3%+/-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

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[45] 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.[46] Tom Latham voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[47]

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.[48] 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. Tom Latham voted for HR 2775.[49]

Campaign contributions

Tom Latham

Tom Latham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2013$117,560.55$308,771.34$(141,983.69)$284,348.2
July Quarterly[51]July 15, 2013$284,348.20$255,322.71$(46,665.61)$493,005.30
October Quarterly[52]October 13, 2013$493,005.16$438,747.61$(60,253.83)$871,498.94
Year-end[53]January 31, 2014$871,499$127,581$(144,341)$854,739
April Quarterly[54]April 15, 2014$854,739$0$(274,045)$580,694
Running totals
$1,130,422.66$(667,289.13)

Staci Appel

Staci Appel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[55]October 14, 2013$0.00$238,878.28$(39,215.24)$199,663.04
Year End[56]January 31, 2014$199,663$260,703$(90,876)$369,490
April Quarterly[57]April 15, 2014$369,490$263,591$(162,665)$470,416
Running totals
$763,172.28$(292,756.24)

Fundraising

Republican candidates

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Tom Latham (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Leonard Boswell, David Rosenfeld, and Scott G. Batcher in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Latham Incumbent 52.3% 202,000
     Democratic Leonard Boswell Incumbent 43.7% 168,632
     Independent David Rosenfeld 1.6% 6,286
     Independent Scott G. Batcher 2.4% 9,352
Total Votes 386,270
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Leonard L. Boswell won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brad Zaun (R) and Rebecca Williamson (Socialist Workers) in the general election.[60]

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard L. Boswell incumbent 50.7% 122,147
     Republican Brad Zaun 46.5% 111,925
     Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 2.6% 6,258
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 426
Total Votes 240,756

See also

External links

References

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