Utah's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Utah's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to conventions

Incumbent prior to election:
Jim Matheson Democratic Party
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Utah U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Utah will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Republican and Democratic candidates were chosen during each party's convention.
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.[1]

Voter registration: Voters must have registered 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 is October 6, 2014.[2]

See also: Utah elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent, Jim Matheson (D), was first elected in 2002 He announced in December 2013 that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014.[3]

Utah's 4th Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Salt Lake, Tooele, Juab, Millard, Beaver, Iron and Washington counties.[4]

Candidates

General election candidates[5]


April 26, 2014, Convention results

Democratic Party Democratic convention[7]

Republican Party Republican convention[8]

Withdrew from race

Democratic convention results

On April 26, 2014, Doug Owens won the Democratic nomination during Utah's Democratic Convention with 98 percent of the vote. Bill Peterson lost, receiving two percent of the vote.[11]

Republican convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose Mia Love as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Love won with 662 votes, or 78.74 percent, while Bob Fuehr received 181 votes, or 21.26 percent.[12]

After wining the nomination Love said, "I am honored to have their support. They really make this process awesome for me. This is my favorite part. Going on from here, we are going to work hard. We are not going to take anything for granted. I am going to go out and earn every vote and really amplify Utah’s voice."[13]

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% of the votes, the candidate moves on to the general election; otherwise, the two remaining candidates compete in a primary election.[14] 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]

Race background

Incumbent Jim Matheson (D), was one of seven early targets listed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2014 congressional elections.[15] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Matheson's district ranks as the 2nd most Republican (39% D).[16]

Matheson was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[17]

On December 17, 2013, Matheson announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2014. In a Facebook post he wrote, "When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service.[3]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Mia Love (R) to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[18][19]

Endorsements

Mia Love

Love has been endorsed by The Allen West Guardian Fund. The announcement appears in the video below.


The Allen West Guardian Fund's endorsement of Love, "A Message From Mia Love."

Campaign contributions

Mia Love

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

Mia Love (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$134,840.54$55,916.40$(43,857.53)$146,899.41
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$146,899.41$476,036.25$(167,395.24)$455,540.42
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$455,540.42$592,355.97$(376,054.13)$671,842.26
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$671,842$516,312$(472,037)$716,117
Pre-Convention[25]April 14, 2014$716,117.89$466,761.73$(550,909.62)$631,970.00
Running totals
$2,107,382.35$(1,610,253.52)

Doug Owens

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Owens' reports.[26]

Doug Owens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Convention[27]April 14, 2014$0.00$132,890.09$(15,033.55)$117,856.54
Running totals
$132,890.09$(15,033.55)

Bob Fuehr

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

Bob Fuehr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 8, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
July Quarterly[30]July 9, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[31]October 1, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
Year-End[32]January 3, 2014$0$0$(0)$0
Running totals
$0$(0)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

In the 2012 general election, Democrat Jim Matheson was elected to the newly created 4th Congressional District of Utah. Matheson defeated Mia Love (R) and Jim Vein (L) in a tight race that was determined to be to close to call well after the polls closed on November 6, 2012. Love conceded the following day.[33]

U.S. House, Utah District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Matheson Incumbent 48.8% 119,803
     Republican Mia B. Love 48.5% 119,035
     Libertarian Jim L. Vein 2.6% 6,439
Total Votes 245,277
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

See also

External links

References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Voter Registration: Utah," accessed January 3, 2014
  2. Lt. Governor's Office, "Online Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Hill, "Rep. Jim Matheson won't run for reelection," December 17, 2013
  4. Utah Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  5. Utah.gov, "2014 Candidate Filings," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. Roll Call, "Mia Love Announces Utah Rematch," accessed May 21, 2013
  7. Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Democrats elect Corroon as chairman, tap Owens in 4th District," accessed May 5, 2014
  8. St. George News, "Utah GOP Convention chooses returning candidates, runoffs; STGnews photo gallery," accessed April 30, 2014
  9. Campaign website, "About," accessed January 6, 2014
  10. DesertNews.com, "Johnson withdraws from 4th District congressional race," accessed May 5, 2014
  11. Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Democrats elect Corroon as chairman, tap Owens in 4th District," accessed May 5, 2014
  12. St. George News, "Utah GOP Convention chooses returning candidates, runoffs; STGnews photo gallery," accessed April 30, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Salt Lake Tribune, "Mia Love clinches Republican nomination at Utah convention,” accessed April 30, 2014
  14. UtahGOP.org, "Utah Republican Party Bylaws," accessed April 30, 2014
  15. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," accessed January 16, 2013
  16. FairVote, "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  17. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," accessed March 5, 2013
  18. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  19. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Love 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 26, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly", accessed November 26, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention," accessed May 9, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Owens 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 9, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Convention," accessed May 9, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Fuehr 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 5, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed February 12, 2014
  33. Washington Post, "Republican Mia Love concedes to Democrat Jim Matheson in Utah," November 7, 2012

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