Kansas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kansas' 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tim Huelskamp Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Huelskamp Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

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

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Kansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Tim Huelskamp (R), who was first elected in 2010, defeated challenger James Sherow (D) in the general election. He won re-election in an unopposed race on November 6, 2012.[4]

Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball and Fairvote's Monopoly Politics all rated the race as Safe Republican.[5][6][7] Moreover, Huelskamp was able to outspend his opponent, James Sherow, through having more cash-on-hand in his campaign coffers.

Huelskamp defeated former school district superintendent Alan LaPolice in the Republican primary election by a close ten point margin. FreedomWorks endorsed Huelskamp on March 17, 2014.[8] On July 11, 2014, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association refused to endorse Huelskamp for re-election.[9] Now or Never PAC also spent $104,000 on ads against incumbent Tim Huelskamp in July 2014.

James Sherow beat out Bryan Whitney for the Democratic nomination by securing close to 65 percent of the preceding votes. Sherow however faced an uphill battle against a tenured candidate in a district that tends to vote Republican.[10]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[11][12][13]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 15, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[14]

See also: Kansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Tim Huelskamp (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Kansas' 1st Congressional District encompasses 69 counties in western and central Kansas (more than half of the state), making it one of the largest congressional districts in the nation. Located within the district are Salina, Dodge City, Emporia, Garden City, Hays and Hutchinson.[15]

Candidates

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrawn prior to primary

Potential candidates

Election results

General election results

The 1st Congressional District of Kansas held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Tim Huelskamp (R) defeated James Sherow (D) in the general election.

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp Incumbent 68% 132,140
     Democratic Jim Sherow 33% 63,577
Total Votes 195,717
Source: Kansas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Primary results

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Sherow 65.7% 8,209
Bryan Whitney 34.3% 4,293
Total Votes 12,502
Source: Kansas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Kansas District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp Incumbent 55% 42,847
Alan LaPolice 45% 35,108
Total Votes 77,955
Source: Kansas Secretary of State

Endorsements

Tim Huelskamp

  • On July 11, 2014, the Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Livestock Association refused to endorse Huelskamp for re-election.[21]

Polls

Republican primary

Republican primary
Poll Tim Huelskamp (Inc.) Alan LaPoliceUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Remington Research Group, Inc.
July 29, 2014
50%29%21%+/-3.71,539
The Polling Company
June 2014
62%12%26%+/-4.2400
AVERAGES 56% 20.5% 23.5% +/-3.95 969.5
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

Now or Never PAC


Now or Never PAC's July 2014 ad, "Changed."

Now or Never PAC spent $104,000 on an ad, "Changed" against incumbent Tim Huelskamp in July 2014. Huelskamp defeated former school district superintendent Alan LaPolice in the primary election.[22]

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.[23] Huelskamp joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.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.[26] 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.[27] Tim Huelskamp voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[28]

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.[29] 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. Tim Huelskamp voted against HR 2775.[30]

Campaign contributions

James Sherow

James Sherow (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$21,013$24,788$(35,374)$10,427
Running totals
$24,788$(35,374)

Tim Huelskamp

Tim Huelskamp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$519,130.05$127,069.14$(57,115.41)$589,083.78
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$589,083.78$137,385.73$(56,406.04)$670,063.47
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$670,063.47$92,006.64$(45,588.04)$716,482.07
Year-end[35]January 31, 2014$716,482$100,193$(59,806)$756,868
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$756,868$81,704$(38,485)$800,087
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2014$800,087$109,449$(75,371)$834,657
Running totals
$647,807.51$(332,771.49)

Alan LaPolice

Alan LaPolice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[38]January 31, 2014$0$3,000$(84)$2,915
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$2,915$18,584$(7,097)$14,402
Running totals
$21,584$(7,181)

Kent Roth

Kent Roth (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$0$23,419$(7,663)$15,756
Running totals
$23,419$(7,663)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Tim Huelskamp (R) won re-election to the United States House. He ran unopposed in the general election.

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp Incumbent 100% 211,337
Total Votes 211,337
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Huelskamp won election to the United States House. He defeated Alan Jilka (D) and Jack Warner (L) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, Kansas District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Huelskamp 73.8% 142,281
     Democratic Alan Jilka 22.8% 44,068
     Libertarian Jack Warner 3.4% 6,537
Total Votes 192,886

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Kansas," accessed 2012
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  6. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  7. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  9. Ledger-Enquirer, "Kansas farm groups not backing Huelskamp," accessed July 12, 2014
  10. KSN News "Sherow wins Kansas 1st District Democratic primary," August 5, 2014
  11. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  12. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  13. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
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  15. Kansas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
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  17. 17.0 17.1 Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2014 Primary (official)," accessed June 2, 2014
  18. Kent Roth for Kansas, "Home," accessed January 22, 2014
  19. Hutch News, "Congressional shake up not likely," accessed June 2, 2014
  20. CJ Online, "Former Manhattan mayor considers 1st District run," accessed February 4, 2014
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  22. Modesto Bee, "Conservative super PAC opposes Huelskamp in race," accessed July 31, 2014 (dead link)
  23. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
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  30. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed March 3, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013