United States House of Representatives elections in Montana, 2014

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Montana's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

District historyCandidates

November 4 Election Winner:
Ryan Zinke Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Daines Republican Party
Steve Daines.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

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


Montana 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 Montana 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. Ryan Zinke (R) defeated John Lewis (D) and Mike Fellows (L) in the general election.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Daines (R) chose to run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2014 instead of seeking re-election to the House, so Montana's At-Large District was left as an open seat. Open seats often lead to more competitive races, but Montana had not had a Democratic U.S. Representative since 1997, and this election was expected to follow suit. The Cook Political Report rated Montana's U.S. House seat as "Likely Republican."[4]

Zinke had a definite advantage leading up to the November general election. He reported $423,774.43 in cash on hand as of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, whereas Lewis and Fellows had not reported any contributions at all. One early general election poll from November 2013 showed Zinke leading Lewis by only 5 percent, but 30 percent of voters were still undecided. In a debate between all three general election candidates on June 14, 2014, Lewis said that he wanted to raise the minimum wage, improve the Affordable Care Act and encourage development on renewable energy. Fellows focused primarily on smaller government, emphasizing a substantial decrease in spending. Meanwhile, Zinke characterized himself as a moderate Republican, saying, "If you’re on the far left, I’m just way too conservative for you. If you’re on the far right, I’m probably not conservative enough. But for Montana, I guess I’m just about right."[5]

In the June 3, 2014, primary election, Lewis easily defeated John Driscoll for the Democratic nomination. In contrast, Zinke faced a more competitive race against four other candidates. Corey Stapleton and Matt Rosendale each ended up with close to 30 percent of the vote.[6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 10, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Montana is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[7][8][9]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 6, 2014. However, if the deadline was missed, late registration was available at county election offices up until close of polls on election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014 (30 days before election day).[10]

See also: Montana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steve Daines (R), who was first elected in 2012. Daines won election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Montana has a single at-large congressional district, which makes up the entire state.

Race background

In the 2012 election, Steve Daines secured election by a 10.5 percent margin of victory. In 2012, the incumbent, Denny Rehberg, chose not to run for re-election so that he could compete for the U.S. Senate seat up for election. As a result, Steve Daines and Kim Gillan ran against each other for the open seat. The district was listed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue List," which identified districts that the organization specifically targeted to flip from Republican to Democratic control.[11] Daines was able to outspend his opponent, spending $2,021,596, more than twice the $991,016 that Gillan spent.[12]

Zinke's military records

The Montana Democratic Party asked that Ryan Zinke release all of his military records from his service as a Navy SEAL. The records, some of which can be found here, highlighted Zinke's extensive awards, praise from superior officers and medical evaluations after injury.[13] The Democratic Party blamed Zinke for redacting key information, and asked specifically for Zinke to release any letters of reprimand that he had received. Zinke explained that at one point in his military career, he had used $211 of Navy money to buy a plane ticket in order to "scout out potential SEAL training sites in Montana," and he was later asked to pay the money back. However, Zinke said that the Navy never issued a letter of reprimand over the money, and he paid it back.[14]

Partisan breakdown

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

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

Margin of victory

The margin of victory in Montana's U.S. House race was 15.0 percent. This was calculated by examining the percentage difference between the two candidates who received the most votes.

Candidates

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General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

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Election results

General election

U.S. House, Montana's At-Large District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Zinke 55.4% 203,871
     Democratic John Lewis 40.4% 148,690
     Libertarian Mike Fellows 4.2% 15,402
Total Votes 367,963
Source: Montana Secretary of State

Primary election

U.S. House, Montana's At-Large District Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Zinke 33.3% 43,766
Corey Stapleton 29.3% 38,591
Matt Rosendale 28.8% 37,965
Elsie Arntzen 6.8% 9,011
Drew Turiano 1.7% 2,290
Total Votes 131,623
Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results
U.S. House, Montana's At-Large District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lewis 59.8% 42,588
John Driscoll 40.2% 28,580
Total Votes 71,168
Source: Montana Secretary of State - Official Primary Results

Polls

General election polls

General election candidates
Poll Ryan Zinke (R) John Lewis (D)Mike Fellows (L)UnsureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Montana State University-Billings[18]
(October 2014)
39.8%32.9%2.2%25%+/-5410
Human Events and Gravis Marketing
(July 20-22, 2014)
47%35%6%11%+/-4741
AVERAGES 43.4% 33.95% 4.1% 18% +/-4.5 575.5
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


John Lewis vs. Ryan Zinke
Poll John Lewis (D) Ryan Zinke (R)Not sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Gravis Marketing
(October 23–24, 2014)
41%53%6%+/-4604
Vox Populi Polling
(August 3-4, 2014)
37%44%19%+/-3.5798
Public Policy Polling
(Nov. 15-17, 2014)
32%37%30%+/-3.2952
AVERAGES 36.67% 44.67% 18.33% +/-3.57 784.67
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

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.[19] Daines joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[20][21]

Campaign contributions

Steve Daines

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

Steve Daines (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 12, 2013$15,407.18$252,869.34$(77,952.52)$190,324.00
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$190,324.00$430,922.42$(60,392.38)$560,854.04
October Quarterly[25]October 15, 2013$560,854.04$642,537.15$(64,600.10)$1,138,791.09
Year-End Quarterly[26]December 31, 2013$1,138,791$827,134$(271,846)$1,897,935
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$1,897,935.17$1,215,460.20$(901,798.02)$2,211,597.35
Pre-Primary[28]May 19, 2014$2,211,597.35$512,327.71$(842,191.50)$1,881,733.56
July Quarterly[29]July 15, 2014$1,881,733.56$911,538.12$(1,065,472.52)$1,727,797.16
October Quarterly[30]October 15, 2014$1,727,797.16$1,853,201.41$(1,961,632.23)$1,619,366.34
Pre-General[31]October 20, 2014$1,619,366.34$307,857.50$(676,673.59)$1,250,550.25
Running totals
$6,953,847.85$(5,922,558.86)

Ryan Zinke

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zinke's reports.[32]

Ryan Zinke (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$0.00$447,610.40$(102,714.91)$344,895.49
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$344,895.49$460,260.12$(381,381.18)$423,774.43
Pre-Primary[35]July 22, 2014$423,774.43$290,759.59$(563,834.25)$150,699.77
July Quarterly[36]October 21, 2014$150,699.77$405,657.76$(459,051.32)$97,306.21
October Quarterly[37]October 15, 2014$97,306.21$1,930,612.90$(1,537,128.32)$490,790.79
Pre-General[38]October 23, 2014$490,790.79$447,692.12$(318,436.66)$620,046.25
Running totals
$3,982,592.89$(3,362,546.64)

John Lewis

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lewis' reports.[39]

John Lewis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[40]January 30, 2014$0.00$189,571.42$(7,459.19)$182,112.23
Year-End[41]January 31, 2014$182,112.23$204,899.37$(67,914.72)$319,096.88
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$319,096.88$300,033.55$(107,374.62)$511,755.81
Pre-Primary[43]May 22, 2014$511,755.81$60,984.26$(53,878.27)$518,861.80
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$518,861.80$274,652.43$(170,803.42)$622,710.81
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2014$622,710.81$392,847.28$(754,208.24)$261,349.85
Pre-General[46]October 23, 2014$261,349.85$129,863.47$(202,464.09)$188,749.23
Running totals
$1,552,851.78$(1,364,102.55)

Matt Rosendale

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rosendale's reports.[47]

Matt Rosendale (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[48]November 1, 2013$0.00$320,899.95$(40,572.92)$280,327.03
Year-End[49]January 31, 2014$280,327.03$286,437.00$(133,820.65)$432,943.38
April Quarterly[50]April 15, 2014$432,943.38$34,504.00$(245,496.59)$221,950.79
Running totals
$641,840.95$(419,890.16)

Corey Stapleton

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Stapleton's reports.[51]

Corey Stapleton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]April 12, 2013$0.00$140,151.27$(53,454.46)$86,696.81
July Quarterly[53]July 11, 2013$86,696.81$91,881.23$(101,409.98)$77,168.06
October Quarterly[54]November 4, 2013$77,168.06$67,751.27$(70,153.79)$74,765.54
Year-End[55]January 31, 2014$74,765.54$30,796.14$(48,125.47)$57,436.21
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$57,436.21$43,231.38$(45,215.64)$55,451.95
Running totals
$373,811.29$(318,359.34)

Drew Turiano

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Turiano's reports.[57]

Drew Turiano (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[58]January 17, 2014$0.00$2,540.00$(1,717.40)$822.60
April Quarterly[59]April 7, 2014$822.60$4,300.00$(4,401.73)$720.87
Running totals
$6,840$(6,119.13)

District history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Steve Daines (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated Kim Gillan (D) and David Kaiser (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Montana, At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kim Gillan 42.7% 204,939
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Daines 53.3% 255,468
     Libertarian David Kaiser 4% 19,333
Total Votes 479,740
Source: Montana Secretary of State "2012 Election Center"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Denny Rehberg won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Dennis McDonald (D) and Mike Fellows (Libertarian) in the general election.[60]

U.S. House, Montana At-Large District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDenny Rehberg incumbent 60.4% 217,696
     Democratic Dennis McDonald 33.8% 121,954
     Libertarian Mike Fellows 5.7% 20,691
Total Votes 360,341

Media

Ryan Zinke


Ryan Zinke campaign ad[61]

See also

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