Washington's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Doc Hastings Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Twelve candidates will compete for Doc Hastings's seat in the the blanket primary on August 5, 2014. After Hastings announced his retirement from Congress on February 13, 2014, Republicans Clint Didier, state Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, Dan Newhouse, Gavin Seim, George Cicotte, Kevin Midbust, Glen Stockwell and Gordon Allen Pross, Democrats Estakio Beltran and Tony Sandoval and Independent candidates Josh Ramirez and Richard Wright filed to run for the open seat. Former state representative and state Department of Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse and former Washington Redskins' tight end and farmer Clint Didier have emerged as the front-runners, but Holmquist Newbry, Cicotte and Beltran, who was recently chastised by former Rep. Gabby Giffords' organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, for shooting a pinata shaped like an elephant in a campaign ad, could defeat Newhouse or Didier, according to David Wasserman, editor of the Cook Political Report.[1] Wasserman said, “It’s possible Beltran will get into the top two, but he has no hope of winning the seat whatsoever. Voters recognize a Republican will win the district so they may vote strategically for a Republican they may favor.”[1] The race is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[2]


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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Doc Hastings (R), who was first elected in 1994.

Washington's 4th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Franklin, Benton and Yakima counties.[7]

Candidates

Failed to file

Declined to run

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Hastings announced his retirement from Congress on February 13, 2014. In a statement Hastings said, "Last Friday, I celebrated my 73rd birthday, and while I have the ability and seniority to continue serving Central Washington, it is time for the voters to choose a new person with new energy to represent them in the people’s House."[24]

Polling

Benton County Republican Party Straw Poll
Poll George Cicotte Janea HolmquistDan NewhouseClint DidierGavin SeimKevin MidbustGlenn StockwellGordon ProssMargin of ErrorSample Size
Benton County Republican Party
June 18, 2014
52.5%26.2%26.2%23.8%11.1%2.3%0.8%0%+/-N/A240
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
  • The Benton County Republican Party conducted a straw poll after an eight-way candidate forum.
Blanket primary
Poll Clint Didier Dan NewhouseJanea HolmquistTony SandovalGeorge CicotteEstakio BeltranJosh RamirezRichard WrightGavin SeimGlenn StockwellMargin of ErrorSample Size
Team Telcom
May 26-28, 2014
17.5%9.6%7%2.3%1.3%1.3%1.0%0.8%0.5%0.5%+/-2.5400
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
  • The validity of the Team Telcom poll released by the Didier campaign was questioned by Jay Leve, editor of SurveyUSA polling. Leve said the 2.5 percent margin of error is “'impossible' with a sample size of 400."[25] According to the Tri-City Herald, "Leve said it would take a sample of 1,500 likely voters in the district to have a margin of error of 2.5 percent. The margin of error on Didier’s poll is likely 5 percent or greater."[25]

Endorsements

Clint Didier

Didier has been endorsed by FreedomWorks.[26]

George Cicotte

Cicotte has been endorsed by the following individuals:

Media

George Cicotte


George Cicotte's June 1st ad, "George's Contract with Eastern Washington."

George Cicotte's March 4th ad, "George Cicotte--The Only Logical Choice."

Dan Newhouse


Dan Newhouse's June 1st ad, "Conservative Leadership."

Dan Newhouse's July 2014 ad, "Your Word."

Estakio Beltran


Estakio Beltran for Congress: "I Can."
  • On July 5, 2014 Beltran posted the YouTube video, "I Can" to launch his "#ican" campaign designed to encourage and praise first time voters.

"Good shot" controversy


Estakio Beltran: "Good Shot."

Beltran's online ad, "Good Shot," featured the candidate shooting a pinata shaped like an elephant with a shotgun. In the ad Beltran said, "They call me a long shot. They say I can't win in this district. But what happens to an elephant when it stands around, doing nothing, for too long?" He then fired his shotgun at the elephant pinata.

Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded in 2013 by Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly, released the following statement in response to Beltran's ad: "Mr. Beltran's ad showing him shooting a stuffed elephant -- the longtime symbol of the Republican Party -- is irresponsible and offensive. This kind of misguided imagery and rhetoric on both sides of the political spectrum just furthers the lack of balance in our nation's debate about guns."[30]

Beltran removed the ad from his website.[30]

Campaign contributions

Clint Didier

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Didier's reports.[31]

Clint Didier (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2014$0.00$132,961.00$(34,774.82)$98,186.18
Running totals
$132,961$(34,774.82)

Brad Peck

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peck's reports.[33]

Brad Peck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$0.00$100,876.00$(382.83)$100,493.17
Running totals
$100,876$(382.83)

Dan Newhouse

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Newhouse's reports.[35]

Dan Newhouse (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$0.00$162,200$(1,624.97)$160,575.03
Running totals
$162,200$(1,624.97)

Gavin Seim

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

Gavin Seim (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 14, 2014$0.00$7,676.00$(1,461.66)$6,214.34
Running totals
$7,676$(1,461.66)

George Cicotte

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cicotte's reports.[39]

George Cicotte (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$0.00$112,935.19$(18,324.80)$94,610.39
Running totals
$112,935.19$(18,324.8)

Doc Hastings

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hastings' reports.[41]

Doc Hastings (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2013$287,813.58$77,945.04$(365,758.62)$333,205.23
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$333,205.23$183,937.71$(129,033.38)$388,109.56
October Quarterly[44]October 14, 2013$388,109.56$135,150.72$(184,723.82)$338,536.46
Year-end[45]January 31, 2014$338,536$122,562$(53,933)$407,165
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$407,165.22$10,604.88$(168,895.33)$248,874.77
Running totals
$530,200.35$(902,344.15)

District history

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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Doc Hastings won re-election in the district.[47]

U.S. House, Washington District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings Incumbent 66.2% 154,749
     Democratic Mary Baechler 33.8% 78,940
Total Votes 233,689
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Doc Hastings won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jay Clough (D) in the general election.[48]

U.S. House, Washington District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoc Hastings incumbent 67.6% 156,726
     Democratic Jay Clough 32.4% 74,973
Total Votes 231,699

See also

External links

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