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Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Adrian Smith Republican Party
Adrian Smith.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Nebraska U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

After a solid victory in the primary election on May 13, 2014, Republican incumbent Adrian Smith should not have much difficulty securing re-election to his U.S. House seat in the November general election. Nebraska's U.S. House seats tend to go to Republicans, who currently hold office in all three Congressional Districts. Smith was first elected in 2006, and he won re-election in 2012 with a 48.4 percent margin of victory over Mark Sullivan, who is also Smith's Democratic challenger in 2014.[4] In addition, The Cook Political Report rates Smith's seat as "Solid Republican," meaning that a competitive race is highly unlikely.[5] Smith has also maintained an overwhelming lead in campaign finances. As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Smith had nearly $1 million in cash on hand, while Sullivan had less than $20,000.

While Sullivan ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, Smith had no trouble defeating challenger Tom Brewer in the Republican primary. Smith and Brewer agreed on the majority of issues, and in a debate on April 25, 2014, both candidates spent most of their time discussing how they would be better at carrying out solutions.[6] Even Sullivan is not campaigning as a staunch liberal, but instead as a "Pro-Life, moderate Democrat."[7] This image should help him in a Republican-dominated district like Nebraska's 3rd.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[8]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014, by mail or carrier, or by May 2, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 17, 2014.[9]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Adrian Smith (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Saline, Jefferson, Thayer, Fillmore, York, Polk, Nuckolls, Clay, Hamilton, Merrick, Platte, Nance, Boone, Antelope, Pierce, Cedar, Knox, Boyd, Holt, Wheeler, Garfield, Valley, Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Hall, Buffalo, Adams, Webster, Franklin, Kearney, Phelps, Harlan, Furnas, Gosper, Red Willow, Frontier, Dawson, Lincoln, Custer, Logan, Blaine, Thomas, Blaine, Loup, Rock, Brown, Keya Paha, Cherry, Hooker, Grant, Arthur, McPherson, Keith, Perkins, Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, Dundy, Deuel, Garden, Cheyenne, Morrill, Sheridan, Box Butte, Dawes, Sioux, Scotts Bluff, Banner and Kimball counties.[10]


General election candidates

May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Nebraska District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 68.1% 67,113
Tom Brewer 31.9% 31,436
Total Votes 98,549
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State

Key votes

Government affairs

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.[13] Smith joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Adrian Smith

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[16]

Adrian Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$627,791.47$100,616.76$(55,876.18)$6,752,532.05
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$672,532.05$125,309.69$(50,024.37)$747,817.37
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$747,817.37$131,689.97$(43,461.47)$836,045.87
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$836,045$84,331$(44,051)$849,823
April Quarterly[21]April 21, 2014$849,823.4$179,160.28$(71,601.62)$957,382.06
Running totals

Tom Brewer

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Brewer's reports.[22]

Tom Brewer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$0.00$96,028.86$(71,406.81)$24,622.05
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 3rd Congressional District of Nebraska held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Adrian Smith won re-election in the district.[24]

U.S. House, Nebraska, District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Sullivan 25.8% 65,266
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith Incumbent 74.2% 187,423
Total Votes 252,689
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Adrian Smith won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rebekah Davis (D) and Dan Hill (Petition) in the general election.[25]

United States House, Nebraska District 3, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdrian Smith incumbent 70.1% 117,275
     Democratic Rebekah Davis 17.9% 29,932
     By Petition Dan Hill 12% 20,036
Total Votes 167,243

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SMITH, Adrian, (1970 - )," accessed July 2, 2014
  5. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  6. Omaha, "Adrian Smith and Tom Brewer differ more in style than substance," accessed July 2, 2014
  7. McCook Daily Gazette, "Smith challenger Sullivan sees 'principles over politics'," accessed July 2, 2014
  8. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Nebraska Secretary of State Website, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Nebraska Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 29, 2012
  11. Watchdog, "Retired Army veteran to challenge Congressman Smith," accessed January 2, 2014
  12., "Third District congressional candidate Sullivan getting his name out," accessed August 1, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  17. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  18. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  19. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  20. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed March 6, 2014
  21. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Brewer Summary Report," accessed April 30, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Brewer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  24. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nebraska," accessed November 7, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013