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Utah's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to conventions

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Utah U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Utah held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Jason Chaffetz as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Chaffetz defeated Robert Stevens and Mark Hedengren.[3] Brian Wonnacott won the Democratic nomination. He ran unopposed.[4] Chaffetz went on to defeat Wonnacott, Independent American Party candidate Zack Strong, Ben Mates (I) and Stephen Tryon (I) in the general election. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 20, 2014
No primary, due to conventions
November 4, 2014

Primary: Utah 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 can vote in the Republican primary.[6]

Voter registration: Voters needed to register to vote in the primary by either May 25, 2014, by mail, or June 9, 2014, online. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Utah elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Jason Chaffetz (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Utah's 3rd Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Daggett, Summit, Morgan, Utah, Wasatch, Duchesne, Uintah, Carbon, Grand, Emery, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield, San Juan and Kane counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates[9]


April 26, 2014, Convention results

Republican Party Republican convention [10]

Democratic Party Democratic convention

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Election results

General election

U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz Incumbent 72.3% 94,571
     Democratic Brian Wonnacott 22.6% 29,575
     Independent American Zack Strong 2.2% 2,930
     Independent Ben Mates 1.8% 2,314
     Independent Stephen Tryon 1% 1,327
Total Votes 130,717
Source: Utah.gov

Republican convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Jason Chaffetz as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Chaffetz received 838 votes, or 87.17 percent, while Robert Stevens and Mark Hedengren each received 65 votes, or 6.42 percent.[3]

Utah uses a convention-primary system to choose candidates for general elections. At the state nominating convention, delegates cast votes for a candidate on behalf of their district. If a delegate receives 60 percent of the votes, the candidate moves on to the general election; otherwise, the two remaining candidates compete in a primary election.[12] According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “The group Count My Vote, led by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and other influential and well-heeled Republicans, launched a petition drive last year to put a measure on the ballot to strip the party conventions of most of their authority, arguing the caucus-convention system is exclusionary and doesn’t represent the average Utahn.”[13]

Democratic convention results

Brian Wonnacott won the Democratic nomination on April 26, 2014. He ran unopposed.[4]

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of 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.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Chaffetz 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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Chaffetz voted in support of 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but it divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

2014 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.[16] 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.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Chaffetz voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Chaffetz voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[19]

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.[22] 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.[23] Chaffetz voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

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.[25] 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. Chaffetz voted against HR 2775.[26]

Chaffetz planned to decline his salary during the shutdown.[27][28]

2013 Farm bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[29] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[30]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported 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.[31] The vote largely followed party lines.[32]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Chaffetz supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[33]

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[34] Chaffetz joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[35][36]

Campaign contributions

Jason Chaffetz

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Chaffetz's reports.[37]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Utah held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Jason Chaffetz won re-election.[43]

U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz Incumbent 76.6% 198,828
     Democratic Soren D. Simonsen 23.4% 60,719
Total Votes 259,547
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jason Chaffetz won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Karen Hyer (D), Douglas Sligting (Constitution), Jake Shannon (L) and Joseph L. Puente (Unaffiliated) in the general election.[44]

U.S. House, Utah District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Chaffetz incumbent 72.3% 139,721
     Democratic Karen Hyer 22.9% 44,320
     Constitution Douglas Sligting 2.4% 4,596
     Libertarian Jake Shannon 1.5% 2,945
     Unaffiliated Joseph L. Puente 0.8% 1,604
Total Votes 193,186

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 21, 2014
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