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Colorado's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Colorado's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Coffman Republican Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 6th Congressional District of Colorado will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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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 Mike Coffman (R), who was first elected in 2008.

The 6th District is one of five located in central Colorado.[3]

Candidates

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Republican incumbent Mike Coffman's narrow re-election victory in 2012 signaled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that the 6th District is vulnerable to partisan switch in 2014. As of January 2013, the DCCC was already at work recruiting Democrats to take on incumbents in targeted districts.

According to a Roll Call report released on Jan. 22, the DCCC capitalized on the elite guest lists at events surrounding the presidential inauguration to vet potential candidates in three promising congressional districts, including former Colorado Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who had already been considering a bid for the 6th District seat.[6] The 6th District became significantly more hospitable to Democratic candidates after 2011, when it was redrawn to include nearly as many Democratic and unaffiliated voters as Republican voters.[7] Romanoff officially declared his candidacy on Feb 1.[8]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Mike Coffman as 1 of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[9]

Campaign ads

Ad campaign on climate change


League of Conservation Voters ad released August 12, 2013, against Mike Coffman, "Ostrich Ad"

The League of Conservation Voters launched a nearly $2 million TV ad campaign on climate change on August 12, 2013, aimed at three House Republicans -- Mike Coffman (R-CO), Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) -- and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).[10]

“This is the African Ostrich,” says the narrator of the ad running in the district of Mike Coffman. “Tall, flightless, head in the sand. And this is Congressman Coffman, also with his head in the sand — on climate change.”[10] The ad goes on to call Coffman “extreme.”[10] Democrats are targeting Coffman’s 6th District seat, and have recruited former state house Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) for the race.[10]

The group launched similar ads against Dan Benishek and Rodney Davis, who Democrats are also eyeing. The entire ad campaign cost nearly $2 million, the organization said.[10]

The group is also hitting Ron Johnson, who does not face re-election until 2016. The group said it would release video of the Johnson commercial by August 16, 2013.[10]

Issues

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.[11] 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.[12] Mike Coffman voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

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.[14] 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. Mike Coffman voted for HR 2775.[15]

Campaign contributions

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$0.00$514,477.46$(21,786.07)$492,691.39
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$492,691.39$506,169.24$(80,444.03)$918,416.60
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$918,416.60$524,871.09$(108,787.59)$1,334,500.10
Year-End[19]January 29, 2014$1,334,500$458,943$(123,826)$1,669,617
Running totals
$2,004,460.79$(334,843.69)

Mike Coffman

Mike Coffman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$7,832.78$519,033.99$(135,175.75)$391,691.02
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$391,691.02$566,203.80$(103,040.91)$854,853.91
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2013$854,853.91$524,441.70$(151,637.33)$1,227,658.28
Year-End[23]January 31, 2014$1,227,658$404,827$(154,849)$1,477,636
Running totals
$2,014,506.49$(544,702.99)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Mike Coffman (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Joe Miklosi, Patrick Provost and Kathy Polhemus in the general election.

U.S. House, Colorado District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Joe Miklosi 45.8% 156,930
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman Incumbent 47.8% 163,922
     Libertarian Patrick Provost 2.5% 8,597
     Independent Kathy Polhemus 3.9% 13,442
Total Votes 342,891
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mike Coffman won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Flerlage (D), Rob McNealy (L) and Michael Shawn Kearns (Write-in) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Colorado District 6 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Coffman incumbent 65.7% 217,368
     Democratic John Flerlage 31.5% 104,104
     Libertarian Rob McNealy 2.9% 9,466
     Write-in Michael Shawn Kearns 0% 5
Total Votes 330,943

See also

External links

References

  1. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  2. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQs," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. Colorado November 2011 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  4. Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff indicates he might challenge Mike Coffman in Congress," January 15, 2013
  5. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressiional District," February 3, 2013
  6. Roll Call, "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits," January 22, 2013
  7. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff indicates he might challenge Mike Coffman," January 15, 2013
  8. The Denver Post, "Andrew Romanoff to run in Colorado's 6th Congressiional District," February 3, 2013
  9. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super-PAC Targets Steve Southerland" Accessed March 8, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Washington Post, "Environmental group launches $2 million ad campaign on climate change," accessed August 12, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Andrew Romanoff Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Coffman April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Coffman July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Coffman October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Coffman Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013