Ohio's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Ohio's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 6, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Chabot Republican Party
Steve Chabot.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

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

Ohio U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Leading up to the 2014 general election, the Republican Party holds 12 out of Ohio's 16 U.S. House seats, and Ohio's 1st is one of these Republican-leaning districts. Incumbent Steve Chabot (R) has been in office since 1995, with the exception of one term from 2009 to 2011, when he was defeated by Democratic candidate Steve Driehaus.[4] After redistricting following the 2010 census, Chabot's district acquired the highly conservative Warren County, making his position even more stable.[5] In 2012, he defeated Jeff Sinnard (D) by a 20.1 percent margin of victory. However, Sinnard also stated that he did not put much effort into campaigning.[5]

The Cook Political Report rates Chabot's seat as "Solid Republican" in 2014, meaning that Chabot should face little competition in his bid for re-election.[6] This prediction is supported by Chabot's advantage in campaign finances. Democratic challenger Fred Kundrata had a total of $16,221.43 in contributions as of his April Quarterly FEC report, whereas Chabot had over $550,000. Kundrata, however, is not deterred by this disadvantage, and he sees Chabot as being too conservative for what he thinks is a more moderate 1st District, stating that Chabot has "lost sight of the needs of the people of the 1st District."[7] Kundrata himself ran as a Republican in the 2012 election for Ohio's 2nd District, but he said that the tea party movement caused him to change parties, as the Republican Party began to shift away from Kundrata's more moderate views.[5]

In the primary election on May 6, 2014, Chabot ran uncontested for the Republican nomination, while Kundrata defeated Jim Prues for the Democratic nomination.[8]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 5, 2014
May 6, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Ohio is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Only affiliated voters can vote for candidates in the primary election; however, voters do not choose their affiliation until election day, when they request a party's ballot.[9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by April 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[10]

See also: Ohio elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Steve Chabot (R) who originally served from 1995 to 2009, and has most recently served since his election in 2010.

Ohio's 1st Congressional District is located in the southwestern corner of the state and includes Hamilton and Warren counties.[11]


General election candidates

May 6, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Ohio District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Steve Chabot Incumbent 0% 0
     Democratic Fred Kundrata 0% 0
Total Votes 0

Primary election

U.S. House, Ohio District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Kundrata 55.9% 7,369
Jim Prues 44.1% 5,814
Total Votes 13,183
Source: Ohio Secretary of State, Official Election Results

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.[14] Chabot 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

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.[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 Chabot voted in favor of 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 Chabot voted against HR 2775.[21]

Campaign contributions

Steve Chabot

Steve Chabot (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$338,579.93$94,568.38$(33,933.27)$399,215.04
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$399,215.04$150,765.00$(90,770.92)$459,209.12
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$462,209.12$79,246.68$(34,118.47)$507,337.33
Year-End Quarterly[25]December 31, 2013$504,337.00$130,159.00$(39,094.00)$595,401.42
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$595,401.42$108,384.00$(41,444.31)$662,341.11
Running totals

Fred Kundrata

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kundrata's reports.[27]

Fred Kundrata (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 25, 2014$0.00$16,221.43$(9,405.82)$6,815.61
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Steve Chabot (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jeff Sinnard, Rich Stevenson and Jim Berns in the general election.

U.S. House, Ohio District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jeff Sinnard 37.6% 131,490
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Chabot Incumbent 57.7% 201,907
     Libertarian Jim Berns 2.8% 9,674
     Green Rich Stevenson 1.9% 6,645
Total Votes 349,716
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


This is the 1st Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.

On November 2, 2010, Steve Chabot won election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Driehaus (D), Jim Berns (L) and Rich Stevenson (Green) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Ohio District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Chabot 51.5% 103,770
     Democratic Steve Driehaus incumbent 46% 92,672
     Libertarian Jim Berns 1.5% 3,076
     Green Rich Stevenson 1% 2,000
Total Votes 201,518

See also

External links


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  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, "CHABOT, Steve, (1953 - )," accessed July 15, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 WVXU Cincinnati, "Can Chabot be beaten? These two think so," accessed July 15, 2014
  6. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 14, 2014
  7. Cincinnati.com, "2 Dems think they can beat Steve Chabot," accessed July 15, 2014
  8. Associated Press, "Ohio - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 15, 2014
  9. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions about General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Ohio Secretary of State Website, "Frequently Asked Questions About General Voting and Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Ohio Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 9, 2012
  12. Campaign Website, "Intro," accessed February 5, 2014
  13. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 26, 2014
  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
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Chabot April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Chabot July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Chabot October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Chabot Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 6, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Steve Chabot April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Kundrata Summary Report," accessed May 13, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Kundrata April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013