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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

Incumbent prior to election:
Steve King Republican Party
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Iowa U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th 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 Steve King (R), who was first elected in 2002. He faced no challenger in the primary election. Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer also faced no opposition in the primary election.[1]

Mowrer received backing from national Democratic figures. John Delaney (D-MD) made a visit to Iowa on September 5, 2013.[2]

Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Mowrer on September 24, 2013.[3] The event was hosted at the Washington, D.C. townhouse of April and John Delaney (D-MD).[3] The event was also one of the only fundraisers that Biden planned to do in 2014 for an individual congressional candidate.[3] U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also in attendance.[3]

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 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.[6]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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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

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.[9] 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.[10] Steve King voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "No" 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.[12] 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.[13]

Endorsement

John Delaney (D-MD) made a visit to Iowa on September 5, 2013, on behalf of Democratic candidate Jim Mowrer.[14]

Vice President Joe Biden attended a fundraiser for Mowrer on September 24, 2013.[3] The event was hosted at the Washington, D.C. townhouse of April and John Delaney (D-MD).[3] The event was also one of the only fundraisers that Biden planned for an individual congressional candidate.[3] U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was also in attendance.[3]

Polls

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 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

FWD.us


FWD.us April 2014 ad, "King."

FWD.us April 2014 ad, "Service."

FWD.us, the pro-immigration-reform group co-founded by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, released two ads in April 2014 that attacked Steve King for his opposition to allowing DREAMers join the military.[15]

"Instead of supporting our military, Steve King, a Republican member of Congress, insults the brave soldiers who are immigrants and those who would proudly serve," a voiceover said in one of the ads.[15]

Another ad featured Alejandro Morales, whom the group says moved to the U.S. when he was 7 months old.[15]

"America is the only country I've ever known. I want to be a U.S. citizen. I want to be a Marine. I'm going to be a Marine. I believe 100 percent what this country stands for. Let me earn it. Let me serve," Morales said in the minute-long ad.[15]

Campaign contributions

Steve King

Steve King (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$119,193.14$108,630.54$(137,675.17)$90,148.51
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$90,148.51$139,715.62$(124,086.40)$105,777.73
October Quarterly[18]October 13, 2013$105,777.73$109,871.37$(122,861.40)$92,787.70
Year-end[19]January 31, 2014$92,787$162,850$(116,209)$139,428
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$139,428$121,041$(72,917)$187,551
Running totals
$642,108.53$(573,748.97)

Jim Mowrer

Jim Mowrer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[21]October 16, 2013$0.00$181,514.19$(52,656.35)$128,857.84
Year End[22]January 31, 2014$128,857$175,363$(97,853)$206,368
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$206,368$351,107$(106,575)$450,899
Running totals
$707,984.19$(257,084.35)

District history

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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.[24]

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

  1. Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed June 1, 2014
  2. Baltimore Sun, "Delaney stumps for fellow Dem in Iowa," accessed September 10, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Des Moines Register, "Biden will do fundraiser for Iowa Democrat Jim Mowrer," accessed September 18, 2013
  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 Politics1 "Iowa" accessed April 22, 2013
  8. Roll Call "Iowa Democrat to challenge Steve King" accessed April 9, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Baltimore Sun, "Delaney stumps for fellow Dem in Iowa," accessed September 10, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 The Hill, "Zuckerberg group goes after Steve King," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 7, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013