Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) will likely face Pedro Celis (R) in the general election. With 59,451 votes, DelBene easily earned a spot in the general election.[3] Although the the final vote total has not been announced, Celis declared victory over Robert Sutherland (R). “It appears we have won and we have work to do for the general election, so we are moving forward,” Celis said.[4] Celis and Sutherland are separated by less that 1,000 votes, as of August 20.[3] The race is rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 16, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Washington is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: Voters must have registered to vote in the primary by either July 7, 2014, by mail or online, or July 28, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[9]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Suzan DelBene (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Washington's 1st Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties and part of King county.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

Blanket primary

The following vote totals were updated August 20, 2014.

U.S. House, Washington District 1, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene Incumbent 50.9% 59,451
Pedro Celis 16.5% 19,266
Robert Sutherland 15.7% 18,327
John Orlinski 10.1% 11,816
Edwin Moats 4.5% 5,226
Richard Todd 1.3% 1,497
Mike the Mover 1% 1,186
Total Votes 116,769
Source: Results via WA.gov Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

Frontline Program

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) is 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.[15]

Young Guns Program

Challenger Pedro Celis (R) is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program. The program is designed to help candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in targeted races.[16]

Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum

On June 19, 2014, the Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum hosted a forum featuring Republican candidates: Pedro Celis, Ed Moats and Robert Sutherland. Each candidate told the audience why they were running for Congress and were asked questions about their stance on marriage and abortion. Here are excerpts from the candidates opening comments:

  • Pedro Celis said his campaign is “an extension of what I have done in my career, which is to be a problem-solver, to be a consensus builder, to find difficult problems where you are required to understand how to move things forward.”[17]
  • Ed Moats: “I am a conservative Republican which means pro-property, pro-guns, pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-business, pro-military, pro-national defense, pro-oil, pro-coal, pro-agriculture, pro-energy independence."[17]
  • Robert Sutherland: “We have a rich Microsoft exec ... a lawyer lobbyist. Then you have me, someone who has never run for office before. I am middle class. I am working class. I am one of you.”[17]

During the question and answer session, Sutherland accused Celis of being "pro-choice" and in response he stated that "he's personally pro-life but the law does protect a woman's right to decide."[17] Social conservatives, Sutherland and Moats are strongly anti-abortion and both oppose same-sex marriage. Celis also opposes same-sex marriage but noted that he supports civil unions.[17]

Endorsements

Suzan DelBene

DelBene has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Media

Pedro Celis


"Pedro Celis for Congress."
  • In a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, Pedro Celis, an immigrant from Mexico, begins by saying, "In case you haven’t noticed, I’m the guy with the heavy accent." He then shares his story of success in America working for Microsoft. He blames the government for interfering with the American Dream and says that it is not "as bright as it once was." He concludes by saying, "I love this country. I want it to be all that it can be. I want it always to be the land of freedom and equal opportunity." Celis also released a version of his video in Spanish.

Campaign contributions

Suzan DelBene

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DelBene's reports.[21]

Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$6,219.01$249,159.77$(60,704.18)$194,674.60
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$194,674.60$278,022.76$(91,313.28)$381,384.08
October Quarterly[24]October 14, 2013$381,384.08$232,237.94$(81,991.07)$531,630.95
Year-end[25]January 31, 2014$531,630$209,691$(66,581)$674,740
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$674,740.95$297,640.15$(78,291.07)$894,090.03
Running totals
$1,266,751.62$(378,880.6)

Pedro Celis

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Celis' reports.[27]

Pedro Celis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$0.00$202,176.00$(5,759.55)$196,416.45
Running totals
$202,176$(5,759.55)

Ed Moats

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moats' reports.[29]

Ed Moats (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$0.00$868.37$(0.00)$868.37
Running totals
$868.37$(0)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Suzan DelBene (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated John Koster in the general election.

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene 53.9% 177,025
     Republican John Koster 46.1% 151,187
Total Votes 328,212
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jay Inslee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James Watkins (R) in the general election.[31]

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay Inslee incumbent 57.7% 172,642
     Republican James Watkins 42.3% 126,737
Total Votes 299,379

See also

External links

References

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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
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  15. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "House Republicans show California love with latest ‘Young Guns,’" June 10, 2014
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  19. The Stranger, "Endorsements for the August Primary Election!," July 23, 2014
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 DelBene for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed July 16, 2014
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