United States House of Representatives elections in South Dakota, 2014

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2012

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South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

District historyCandidates

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


South Dakota U.S. House Elections
At-large district

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Dakota took place on November 4, 2014. Voters elected one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District. Incumbent Kristi Noem (R) defeated retired Army officer Corinna Robinson (D) in the general election.

The candidates presented their views on a variety of issues, including the Keystone XL Pipeline, raising wages and ISIS, in an October debate. Noem supported the Keystone XL Pipeline and said, “It would be good for South Dakota, but, boy, it would be great for the U.S.”[3] Robinson opposed the construction of it and said, “The people really supporting things like that are getting millions of dollars to say 'yes.' So I’m just telling you from my heart: Let’s be careful.”[3]

In order to raise wages in South Dakota, Noem said reducing government regulations would help, while Robinson argued for raising the minimum wage.[3]

When asked about how to deal with ISIS, Noem said, "They have more resources. They can fight like any military does and it’s tie we treat them like the threat that they are, be aggressive with them. What I’m especially tired of is we have an administration that stands up on TV and tells our enemy what we won’t do. We should never take anything off the table. We should stop telegraphing to our enemies what we won’t do and instead fight smart and have a strategy."[4]

Robinson said, "He (President Obama) is going to make the right decision because he’s got pretty good advisers, the national security council, congress. But what’s critical is they need to work together, whether it’s President Obama or the next president. Respect that person’s position; respect the government; respect the agencies that need to give good advice to the person who needs to make the call.”[4]

The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 25, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 19, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014.[7]

See also: South Dakota elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election was Kristi Noem (R), who was first elected in 2010.

South Dakota has a single At-Large Congressional District, which is made up of the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the one congressional seat from South Dakota.

Members of the U.S. House from South Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 1 1
Total 1 1

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

  • Constitution Party Charles Haan sued Secretary of State Jason Gant for "illegally" declining to put him on the ballot. “He was 45 signatures short of even meeting the 250, even if every single line he submitted was accurate,” Gant said.[9] Haan lost his case, and he did not appear on the ballot.[10]


Election results

U.S. House, South Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem Incumbent 66.5% 183,834
     Democratic Corinna Robinson 33.5% 92,485
Total Votes 276,319
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State

Race background

Pheasant hunting

For a $1,500 donation, voters spent a weekend pheasant hunting and sheet shooting with Kristi Noem. The fundraiser was held September 14-16 at the Cedar Shore Resort.[11]

Key votes

Below are important votes Noem cast during the 113th Congress that will likely influence 2014 campaign discourse.

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.[12] 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.[13] Noem voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[15] 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. Noem voted against HR 2775.[16]

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.[17] Noem joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[18][19]

Polls

General Election
Poll Kristi Noem Corinna RobinsonSample Size
Survey South Dakota
October 1-5, 2014
55%37%616
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Campaign contributions

Kristi Noem

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Noem's reports.[20]

Kristi Noem (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 12, 2013$133,794.94$269,844.23$(116,425.03)$287,214.14
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$287,214.14$383,353.91$(144,615.23)$525,952.82
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$525,952.82$303,312.74$(160,660.42)$668,605.14
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$668,605$299,936$(123,785)$844,756
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$844,756.58$279,584.04$(221,301.82)$903,038.8
July Quarterly[26]July 14, 2014$881,078.74$186,174.51$(90,230.30)$977,022.95
October Quarterly[27]October 15, 2014$977,022.95$370,884.55$(288,117.35)$1,059,790.15
Running totals
$2,093,089.98$(1,145,135.15)

Corinna Robinson

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Robinson's reports.[28]

Corinna Robinson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End Report[29]January 31, 2014$0.00$43,678.43$(29,100.85)$14,577.58
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$14,577.58$65,266.04$(60,451.68)$19,391.94
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2014$8,672.19$11,031.39$(14,667.01)$5,036.57
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2014$5,036.57$29,552.44$(23,088.38)$11,500.63
Running totals
$149,528.3$(127,307.92)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Kristi Noem (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Matt Varilek (D) in the general election.

In 2012, Noem was re-elected to the U.S. Congress, representing South Dakota's At-Large Congressional District.[33]

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem 57.4% 207,640
     Democratic Matt Varilek Incumbent 42.6% 153,789
Total Votes 361,429
Source: South Dakota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kristi Noem won election to the United States House. She defeated Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) and B. Thomas Marking (I) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, South Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristi Noem 48.1% 153,703
     Democratic Stephanie Herseth Sandlin incumbent 45.9% 146,589
     Independent B. Thomas Marking 6% 19,134
Total Votes 319,426

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 8, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Rapid City Journal, "Shutdown divides House candidates," accessed October 15, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kotatv, "U.S. House Debate: Noem vs. Robinson," accessed October 15, 2014
  5. Roll Call, "2014 Election Race Ratings," accessed October 17, 2014
  6. South Dakota Secretary of State Website, "Registration & Voting," accessed January 3,2014
  7. South Dakota Secretary of State, "Registration & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Associated Press, "South Dakota - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 3, 2014
  9. Argus Leader, "Watertown man sues for spot in election against Noem," accessed July 25, 2014
  10. Argus Leader, "Charles Haan lost Friday. He'll try again today.," accessed October 15, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "A guide to planning your summer vacation around political fundraisers," accessed July 25, 2014
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Noem 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
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  26. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Robinson 2014 Summary reports," accessed April 29, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed April 29, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  33. South Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013