Colorado's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Colorado's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Cory Gardner Republican Party
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Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Colorado will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Colorado is 1 of 22 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[1]

Voter registration: Voters can register to vote in the primary by either June 2 (by mail, at a voter registration agency, voter registration drive or DMV), June 16 (online) or on election day (in-person at a voter service polling center). For the general election, voters can register November 4, 2014, through election day.[2]

See also: Colorado elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Cory Gardner (R), who was first elected in 2010. Gardner is not seeking re-election in 2014. He is instead seeking election to the U.S. Senate.[3]

The 4th District is located in eastern Colorado and includes Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, Lincoln, Douglas, Elbett, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Kioawa, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma, Washington, Morgan, Weld, Logan, Phillips, Arapshoe and Sedgwick counties.[4]



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Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[5] 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.[6] Cory Gardner voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[7]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[8] 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. Cory Gardner voted for HR 2775.[9]

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Cory Gardner (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brandon Shaffer, Josh Gilliland and Doug Aden in the general election.

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brandon Shaffer 36.8% 125,715
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner Incumbent 58.4% 199,842
     Libertarian Josh Gilliland 3.1% 10,674
     Constitution Doug Aden 1.7% 5,845
Total Votes 342,076
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Cory Gardner won election to the United States House. He defeated incumbent Betsy Markey (D), Doug Aden (American Constitution) and Ken Waszkiewicz (Unaffiliated) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner 52.5% 138,634
     Democratic Betsy Markey incumbent 41.4% 109,249
     American Constitution Doug Aden 4.7% 12,312
     Unaffiliated Ken Waszkiewicz 1.5% 3,986
Total Votes 264,181

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