Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Wisconsin U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Paul Ryan (R) defeated Rob Zerban (D) in the general election. Zerban also failed to unseat Ryan in 2012.[3] Keith Deschler (L) ran as a write-in candidate.

Ryan fended off a challenge from Jeremy Ryan in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014, while Zerban defeated Amar Kaleka in the Democratic primary.[4]

The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 12, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Wisconsin is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 15, 2014 (20 days before election).[9]

See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Paul Ryan (R), who was first elected in 1998.

Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District encompasses Rock, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties.[10]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 12, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Election results

General election

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 63.3% 182,316
     Democratic Rob Zerban 36.6% 105,552
     Independent Keith Deschler - Write-in 0% 29
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 273
Total Votes 288,170
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Republican primary

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 94.3% 40,813
Jeremy Ryan 5.7% 2,450
Scattering 0.1% 30
Total Votes 43,293
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Democratic primary

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRob Zerban 77.6% 25,627
Amar Kaleka 22.2% 7,318
Scattering 0.2% 71
Total Votes 33,016
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Key votes

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

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.[18] 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.[19][20] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[20] Ryan 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.[21][22] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[22] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[23] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Ryan voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[21]

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.[24] 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.[25] Ryan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

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.[27] 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. Ryan voted against HR 2775.[28]

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 Republicans--Thomas 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.[29] Ryan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[30][31]

Issues

Paul Ryan

Budget report

In a March 2014 report critiquing the budget situation, Paul Ryan developed his own proposal of programs to cut; among those programs were welfare, child care, college Pell grants and other assistance programs.[32] In the short term, Ryan's proposal attempted to introduce some concrete Republican solutions to reverse perceptions that the GOP has become simply the party of "no" in opposition to Obama.[32] "This report will help start the conversation. It shows that some programs work; others don't. And for many of them, we just don't know. Clearly, we can do better," Ryan said.[32]

Amar Kaleka

Marijuana use

Kaleka (D) admitted to using medical marijuana while living in California, after his father was killed in the Sikh temple shooting in 2012.[33]

"It's something I had used in the past to get over a lot of the anxiety, the sleepless nights, the hunger. I would be hungry, but I couldn't eat...The major things were depression, suicidal thoughts, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, going four or five days without sleep, and that really messes with you," Kaleka said.[33]

Residency

Kaleka (D) is a filmmaker and divides his time between Los Angeles and Wisconsin. He claimed Wisconsin is his home and pointed out that he has paid taxes in both Wisconsin and California. He also explained that his split residency does not hinder his campaign saying, "I don’t know if (where you live) corresponds to whether you’re going to do a good job in Congress. I would rather elect somebody who has a lot of national leadership experience and international experience."[34]

Sirius

Sirius was Kaleka's latest documentary. The film discusses "...the belief that oil interests and their allies in government have suppressed the existence of alternative energy sources."

Kaleka said, "I don’t think that any knowledgeable human would say that extra-terrestrials don’t exist."[34]

Media


Paul Ryan, "Audit."

Paul Ryan, "Step up to the Plate."

Paul Ryan, "Mom and Aunt Ellen."
  • In the October 2014 ad, "Audit," Ryan criticized the IRS and called for tax reform.
  • In the October 2014 ad, "Step up to the Plate," Ryan promised to protect taxpayers' money.
  • In the October 2014 ad, "Mom and Aunt Ellen," Ryan promised to protect medicare and social security.


Campaign contributions

Paul Ryan

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

Paul Ryan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 8, 2013$1,363,328.25$606,616.49$(414,968.43)$1,554,976.31
July Quarterly[37]July 8, 2013$1,554,976.31$1,106,812.48$(474,978.85)$2,186,809.94
October Quarterly[38]October 11, 2013$2,186,809.94$1,173,587.18$(750,483.14)$2,609,913.98
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$2,609,913$1,053,283$(456,603)$3,206,594
April Quarterly[40]April 9, 2014$3,206,594.31$1,396,792.5$(595,990.76)$4,007,396.05
July Quarterly[41]July 10, 2014$4,007,396.05$1,611,279.85$(1,783,117.9)$3,835,558.00
Pre-General[42]October 21, 2014$4,511,566.01$223,741.11$(1,877,139.88)$2,858,167.24
Running totals
$7,172,112.61$(6,353,281.96)

Big second quarter

During the second quarter of 2014, "Ryan's committee received over $1 million in direct contributions from individuals, $432,740 from PACs and other committees and $156,596 from transfers in from joint fundraising efforts with this leadership PAC and his Ryan-NRCC Victory Committee," according to Roll Call.[43]

Rob Zerban

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Zerban's reports.[44]

Rob Zerban (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[45]January 31, 2014$0$265,964$(221,482)$44,481
April Quarterly[46]April 1, 2014$44,481.86$124,185.37$(92,363.92)$76,303.31
July Quarterly[47]July 14, 2014$76,303.31$104,450.61$(78,694.85)$102,059.07
October Quarterly[48]October 15, 2014$107,901.45$113,907.47$(121,919.57)$99,889.35
Running totals
$608,507.45$(514,460.34)

Amar Kaleka

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kaleka's reports.[49]

Amar Kaleka (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[50]January 31, 2014$0$72,279$(14,892)$57,387
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$57,387.16$37,438.00$(73,892.12)$20,933.04
Running totals
$109,717$(88,784.12)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Paul Ryan (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Rob Zerban and Keith Deschler in the general election.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Rob Zerban 43.4% 158,414
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan Incumbent 54.9% 200,423
     Libertarian Keith Deschler 1.7% 6,054
     Miscellaneous N/A 0% 167
Total Votes 365,058
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

2010

On November 2, 2010, Paul Ryan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Heckenlively (D) and Joseph Kexel (L) in the general election.[52]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Ryan incumbent 68.2% 179,819
     Democratic John Heckenlively 30.1% 79,363
     Libertarian Joseph Kexel 1.6% 4,311
     N/A Scattering 0.1% 134
Total Votes 263,627

See also

External links

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