United States House of Representatives elections in Wyoming, 2014

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Wyoming's At-Large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 19, 2014

District historyCandidates

Incumbent prior to election:
Cynthia Lummis Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Wyoming 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 Wyoming will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District. Incumbent Cynthia Lummis defeated former U.S. Marine Jason Senteney in the Republican primary on August 19, 2014. Lummis will face self-proclaimed hip hop candidate Richard Grayson, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, Libertarian Richard Brubaker and Constitution candidate Daniel Clyde Cummings in the general election.[3][4] The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 30, 2014
August 19, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wyoming 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.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by election day. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 20, 2014.[9]

See also: Wyoming elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election is Cynthia Lummis (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Wyoming 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 holds the one congressional seat from Wyoming.

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

Candidates

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General election candidates

August 19, 2014, primary results

Election results

Republican primary

U.S. House, Wyoming At-Large District Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Lummis Incumbent 75.9% 70,918
Jason Senteney 23.8% 22,251
Write-in 0.3% 274
Total Votes 93,443
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State

Race background

Republican debate


"2014 Primary Debates - U.S. House."

Dictator

During a debate on August 12, Lummis and Senteney were asked to discuss President Obama’s job performance. Senteney said, “He’s more of a dictator than a president, and I want to tell that to him to his face.”[14]

Hip hop candidate

The name of Richard Grayson's campaign committee is "PPLZ 4 GRAYSON CREW."[15] He told Business Insider that he chose the name because he's a "hip hop candidate."[16]

Key votes

Below are important votes that Lummis cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png Lummis voted against HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[17]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Lummis voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[18]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Lummis voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[19]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Lummis voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[20]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[21] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[22][23] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[23] Lummis voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[24][25] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[25] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[26] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Lummis joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[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.[27] 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.[28] Lummis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[29]

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.[30] 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. Lummis voted against HR 2775.[31]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Lummis voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[32] The vote largely followed party lines.[33]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Lummis voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[34]

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.[35] Lummis joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[36][37]

Campaign contributions

Cynthia Lummis

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lummis' reports.[38]

Cynthia Lummis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 14, 2013$124,142.22$5,531.64$(50,538.24)$79,135.62
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2013$78,635.62$36,190$(18,434.32)$96,391.30
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2013$96,391.30$78,761$(29,115.86)$146,036.44
Year-end[42]January 31, 2014$146,036$53,885$(13,837)$186,083
April Quarterly[43]April 13, 2014$186,083.67$42,320$(19,845.12)$208,558.55
July Quarterly[44]July 18, 2014$208,558.55$517.17$(39,452.11)$220,823.44
October Quarterly[45]October 3, 2014$240,606.68$848.65$(39,056.13)$286,415.55
Running totals
$218,053.46$(210,278.78)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Cynthia Lummis (R) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Chris Henrichsen (D), Richard Brubaker (L), Daniel Clyde Cummings and Don Willis in the general election.

U.S. House, Wyoming At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Lummis Incumbent 69% 166,452
     Democratic Chris Henrichsen 23.9% 57,573
     Libertarian Richard Brubaker 3.5% 8,442
     Constitution Daniel Clyde Cummings 2.1% 4,963
     Country Don Willis 1.6% 3,775
Total Votes 241,205
Source: Wyoming Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Cynthia Lummis won election to the United States House. She defeated David Wendt (D) and John V. Love (L) in the general election.[46]

U.S. House, Wyoming At-Large District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia M. Lummis incumbent 70.4% 131,661
     Democratic David Wendt 24.5% 45,768
     Libertarian John V. Love 4.9% 9,253
     N/A Write-in 0.2% 287
Total Votes 186,969

See also

External links

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