Iowa's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Steve King Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve King Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Iowa U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Iowa held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Steve King (R), who was first elected in 2002, defeated Jim Mowrer (D) in the general election. Political analysts considered this district to be a safe for the Republicans. Cook Political Report last rated the district as "Likely R" signifying the advantage for the incumbent.

Leading up to the election, we had however witnessed an intense campaign from both candidates. The Federal Election Commission reported larges amounts of spending in the October Quarterly report. Mowrer spent over $1 million while King spent just over $300,000. Moreover, polls from September showed King leading with only a three point margin.[4] King's narrowing lead combined with Mowrer's intense spending in September and October led many to believe the election would be close. The results however showed King easily defeating Mowrer.

Mowrer had received backing from national Democratic figures. John Delaney (D-MD) made a visit to Iowa on September 5, 2013 to help support Mowrer's bid to unseat King.[5]

Support from the Democratic Party had helped bolstered Mowrer's contributions. He accumulated close to $715,000 cash-on-hand since the report of the July Quarterly.[6] Despite the onslaught of support from national Democrats, Cook Political Report designates the district as "Likely Republican."

Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Mowrer on September 24, 2013.[7] The event was hosted at the Washington, D.C. townhouse of April and John Delaney (D-MD). The event was also one of the only fundraisers that Biden planned to do in 2014 for an individual congressional candidate.[7] U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also in attendance.[7]

King faced no opposition in the Republican primary. Mowrer also faced no opposition in the primary election.[8]

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.[9]

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).[10]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve King (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Iowa's 4th Congressional District covers most of the north-central part of the state. The district includes Ames and Fort Dodge. Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Shelby, Crawford, Audubon, Carroll, Greene, Boone, Story, Hardin, Hamilton, Webster, Calboun, Sac, Ida, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Franklin, Butler, Chicksaw, Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Winnebago, Kossuth, Emmett, Palo Alto, Dickinson, Osceola, O'Brien, Clay and Grundy counties.[11]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Elections

General election results

The 4th Congressional District of Iowa held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Steve King (R) defeated challenger Jim Mowrer (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve King Incumbent 61.6% 169,834
     Democratic Jim Mowrer 38.3% 105,504
     Write-in Other 0.1% 295
Total Votes 275,633
Source: Iowa Secretary of State Official Results

Key votes

Below are important votes the 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.[14] King joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[15][16]

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.[17] 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.[18] Steve King voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.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.[20] 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. Steve King voted against HR 2775.[21]

Endorsement

John Delaney (D-MD) made a visit to Iowa on September 5, 2013, on behalf of Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer.[22]

Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Mowrer on September 24, 2013.[7] The event was hosted at the Washington, D.C. townhouse of April and John Delaney (D-MD).[7] The event was also one of the only fundraisers that Biden planned for an individual congressional candidate.[7] U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also in attendance.[7]

Polls

General election
Poll Steve King Jim MowrerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Loras College (September 2-5, 2014)
47.3%36%16.7%+/-5.6300
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
Steve King 2014 re-election bid
Poll Steve King Democratic opponentUndecidedSample Size
Public Policy Polling
October 2-3, 2013
45%49%8%855
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

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FWD.us April 2014 ad, "King."

FWD.us April 2014 ad, "Service."

Campaign contributions

Steve King

Steve King (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$119,193.14$108,630.54$(137,675.17)$90,148.51
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$90,148.51$139,715.62$(124,086.40)$105,777.73
October Quarterly[25]October 13, 2013$105,777.73$109,871.37$(122,861.40)$92,787.70
Year-end[26]January 31, 2014$92,787$162,850$(116,209)$139,428
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$139,428$121,041$(72,917)$187,551
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$223,530$325,247$(106,216)$442,672
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2014$442,672$601,537$(307,339)$736,871
Running totals
$1,568,892.53$(987,303.97)

Jim Mowrer

Jim Mowrer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[30]October 16, 2013$0.00$181,514.19$(52,656.35)$128,857.84
Year End[31]January 31, 2014$128,857$175,363$(97,853)$206,368
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$206,368$351,107$(106,575)$450,899
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2014$514,945$270,798$(71,210)$714,534
October Quarterly[34]October 15, 2014$714,149$705,294$(1,176,692)$242,752
Running totals
$1,684,076.19$(1,504,986.35)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Steve King (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Christie Vilsack and Martin James Monroe in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve King Incumbent 53% 200,063
     Democratic Christie Vilsack 44.9% 169,470
     Independent Martin James Monroe 2.2% 8,124
Total Votes 377,657
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Latham won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bill Maske (D) and Dan Lensing (I) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, Iowa District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Latham incumbent 65.6% 152,588
     Democratic Bill Maske 32% 74,300
     Independent Dan Lensing 2.4% 5,499
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 132
Total Votes 232,519

See also

External links

References

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  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. DFM Research, "Iowa 4th District Survey," accessed October 23, 2014
  5. Baltimore Sun, "Delaney stumps for fellow Dem in Iowa," accessed September 10, 2013
  6. Federal Election Commission, "Report for Receipts and Disbursements," accessed October 7, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Des Moines Register, "Biden will do fundraiser for Iowa Democrat Jim Mowrer," accessed September 18, 2013
  8. Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed June 1, 2014
  9. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Pre-Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Iowa Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
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  14. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  24. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
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  26. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
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  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 7, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013