Iowa elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Iowa
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Iowa
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Iowa

The state of Iowa held elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in Iowa
State House special election January 7, 2014 Red padlock.png
Signature filing deadline for primary election candidates March 14, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election May 26, 2014 & same-day Red padlock.png
Primary election date June 3, 2014 Red padlock.png
Filing deadline for general election candidates August 15, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for general election October 25, 2014
& same-day
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General election date November 4, 2014 Red padlock.png

Below are the types of elections that were scheduled in Iowa in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (0 measures) Unscheduled electiond
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Unscheduled electiond
State courts Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Iowa

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014

The retirement of incumbent Sen. Tom Harkin (D) left the possibility for the seat to switch parties due to an increasingly conservative constituency. However, poor fundraising by the Republican candidates gave Democratic frontrunner Bruce Braley an early lead in momentum.


Iowa State Legislature


See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014 and Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Heading into the election, the Democratic Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controlled the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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1 U.S. Senate elections in Iowa
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
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U.S. Senate elections in Iowa

See also: United States Senate elections in Iowa, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Iowa elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

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.[1]

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).[2]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Tom Harkin (D). Harkin was first elected in 1984. On January 26, 2013, Harkin announced that he would not seek re-election once his current term expired. He served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. Prior to this, he served in the U.S. House for ten years. He told USA Today, "I have mixed feelings. You know what, it's somebody else's turn. To walk away from this position and this power is not an easy thing. But I think it's the right thing."[3]

Candidates


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 14, 2014.

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

Rumored candidates

Declined

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Most vulnerable seats

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats were held by Democrats.[38]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Iowa
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Iowa

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Iowa took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected four candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's four congressional districts.

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.[1]

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).[2]

See also: Iowa elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, Democrats and Republicans each controlled two of the four congressional seats from Iowa.

Members of the U.S. House from Iowa -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 2 1
     Republican Party 2 3
Total 4 4

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the four congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Bruce Braley Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Dave Loebsack Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Tom Latham Ends.png Republican 3
Steve King Ends.png Republican 4

List of candidates by district


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 14, 2014.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Rumored candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

3rd Congressional District

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.[73][74]

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Considered but withdrew

Declined to run

4th Congressional District

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

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State executive official elections in Iowa

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See also: Iowa state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Iowa
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Seven state executive positions were up for election in 2014 in the state of Iowa.

The following offices were elected in 2014 in Iowa:

List of candidates by office

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Governor


Running mates listed together in order of "Governor/Lieutenant Governor"

General election

Republican Party Terry E. Branstad/Kim Reynolds - Incumbents Green check mark transparent.png[85]
Democratic Party Jack Hatch/Monica Vernon[86][87][88][89]
Libertarian Party Lee Hieb/Tim Watson[90][91]
Independent (Iowa Party) Jonathan Narcisse/Michael Richards[92]
Independent (New Independence Party of Iowa) Jim Hennager/Mary Krieg[93]

Lost in primary

Republican Party Tom Hoefling[94]

Lieutenant Governor



Attorney General


General election

Democratic Party Tom Miller - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png[97]
Republican Party Adam Gregg[98]

Secretary of State


General election

Republican Party Paul Pate - Former Secretary of State Green check mark transparent.png[99]
Democratic Party Brad Anderson - Political consultant, former gubernatorial aide[100]
Libertarian Party Jake Porter - Member of the Libertarian National Committee and 2010 nominee[101]
Independent New Independent Party, Spencer Highland[99]

Filed for other office

Republican Party Matt Schultz - Incumbent

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2014 Winner Partisan Switch?
Treasurer of State Michael Fitzgerald
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1982 Yes[102] Republican Party Sam Clovis
Democratic Party Michael Fitzgerald
Libertarian Party Keith Laube
Democratic Party Michael Fitzgerald No
Auditor of State Mary Mosiman
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2013 Yes[103] Republican Party Mary Mosiman
Democratic Party Jon Neiderbach
Republican Party Mary Mosiman No
Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey
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2007 Yes[104] Republican Party Bill Northey
Democratic Party Sherrie Taha
Independent Levi Benning
Republican Party Bill Northey No

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State Senate election in Iowa

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See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the Iowa State Senate:

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 26 26
     Republican Party 24 24
Total 50 50

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 14, 2014.

District 1District 3District 5District 7District 9District 11District 13District 15District 17District 19District 21District 23District 25District 27District 29District 31District 33District 35District 37District 39District 41District 43District 45District 47District 45District 47District 49

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State House elections in Iowa

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Contents
1 State House elections in Iowa
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date
See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014, State legislative elections, 2014 and State legislative special elections, 2014

There were both regular elections and special elections scheduled for the Iowa House of Representatives in 2014.

Regularly scheduled elections


Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Iowa House of Representatives:

Iowa House of Representatives
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 47 43
     Republican Party 53 57
Total 100 100

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 14, 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100

Special elections by date


January 7, 2014





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Voting in Iowa

See also: Voting in Iowa

Important voting information

  • 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.[1]
  • As of November 2014, Iowa is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Iowa, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Iowa is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends on the day prior to election day, unless the polls open at noon, then early voting would occur from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on election day as well.[111]

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Iowa ranked 19th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Iowa received an overall score of 67 percent.[112]

See also

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