United States Senate elections in Idaho, 2014

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U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 65.3% 285,596
     Democratic Nels Mitchell 34.7% 151,574
Total Votes 437,170
Source: Idaho Secretary of State



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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Idaho

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Idaho elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Jim Risch (R), who was first elected in 2008, defeated Nels Mitchell (D) in the general election. Risch was a staunch supporter of Republican issues and consistently voted in line with the party. He enjoyed very favorable up until the election and had received key endorsements from organizations, such as FreedomWorks.[3] Risch first won election in 2008 by 24 points, and according to most sources, there was little reason to believe he would win by less than that in 2014.[4]

Risch's faced favorable odds in a state that strongly backed Republicans. No Democrat had been elected to the Senate from Idaho since 1974, and a Democrat has been elected only once to the House since 1992.[4] Early October polls showed Risch leading with over a 30 point margin against Mitchell.[5] He also easily defeated challenger Jeremy Anderson in the Republican primary while Mitchell won against William Bryk in the Democratic primary.

Financially, Risch maintained over $800,000 cash-on-hand in his campaign coffers. This amount heavily outweighed Mitchell's, who was unable to break $100,000. Risch's greater popularity, tenure and access to resources in a state that favored Republicans led to a safe re-election. Cook Political Report rated the Idaho Senate race as "Solid R."

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
May 20, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Idaho is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. The Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary. The Republican Party allows only voters registered with their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with a party on election day, but they will be bound to that party at the next election as well.[6]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014 (if mailing in registration or registering at an agency) or on election day (must bring proof of residence). For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 10, 2014.[7]

See also: Idaho elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election filled the Senate seat held by Jim Risch (R). Risch was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Election results

General Election results

The state of Idaho held an election for the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Jim Risch (R) defeated challenger Nels Mitchell (D) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 65.3% 285,596
     Democratic Nels Mitchell 34.7% 151,574
Total Votes 437,170
Source: Idaho Secretary of State

Primary results

U.S. Senate, Idaho Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNels Mitchell 69.6% 16,908
William Bryk 30.4% 7,378
Total Votes 24,286
Source: Idaho Secretary of State


U.S. Senate, Idaho Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch Incumbent 79.9% 119,209
Jeremy Anderson 20.1% 29,939
Total Votes 149,148
Source: Idaho Secretary of State

Race background

Incumbent Jim Risch first won election in 2008 by 24 points, and according to most sources there was little reason to believe he would win by less than that in 2014.[4] No Democrat had been elected to the Senate from Idaho since 1974, and a Democrat had been elected only once to the House since 1992.[4]

Endorsements

Jim Risch

Key votes

Below are important votes the incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, 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.[9] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jim Risch voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[10]

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot accecss
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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Jim Risch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 18, 2013$232,293.36$50,400$(23,170.20)$259,523.16
July Quarterly[12]July 18, 2013$259,523.16$231,418.43$(52,548.84)$438,392.75
October Quarterly[13]October 13, 2013$438,392.75$274,422.51$(159,673.33)$653,141.93
Year-end[14]January 31, 2014$653,141$321,231$(152,091)$822,281
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2014$940,697$304,878$(80,513)$1,165,062
Running totals
$1,182,349.94$(467,996.37)

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

Nels Mitchell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2014$0$110,914$(43,102)$67,812
Pre-Primary[18]May 5, 2014$67,812$38,304$(16,209)$89,907
July Quarterly[19]July 10, 2014$89,907$44,123$(60,501)$73,530
Running totals
$193,341$(119,812)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Crapo won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated P. Tom Sullivan (D), Randy Lynn Bergquist (I) and Frederick R. Reinisch, Jr (I) in the general election.[20]

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Crapo Incumbent 71.2% 319,953
     Democratic P. Tom Sullivan 24.9% 112,057
     Constitution Party Randy Lynn Bergquist 3.9% 17,429
     Independent Frederick R. Reinisch, Jr 0% 91
Total Votes 449,530

2008

On November 4, 2008, Risch won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Larry LaRocco (D), Rex Rammell (I), Pro-Life (I), Kent A. Marmon (L) and Kevin Volkmann (I) in the general election.[21]

U.S. Senate, Idaho General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Risch 57.7% 371,744
     Democratic Larry LaRocco 34.1% 219,903
     Independent Rex Rammell 5.4% 34,510
     Independent Pro-Life 1.3% 8,662
     Libertarian Kent A. Marmon 1.5% 9,958
     Independent Kevin Volkmann 0% 3
Total Votes 644,780

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Huffington Post "Senate 2014: How Much Money Do The Candidates Have?" accessed February 25, 2013
  5. Real Clear Politics, "Idaho RCP average," accessed October 13, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Idaho Votes, "Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Idaho Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Candidate List," accessed March 17, 2014
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 26, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Nels Mitchell Summary Report," accessed July 31, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013