Kansas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Kansas' 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Pompeo Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Kansas U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Kansas will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

The current incumbent is Mike Pompeo (R), who was first elected in 2010. He held off a primary challenge from former Rep. Todd Tiahrt. Pompeo will face off against Democratic challenger Perry Schuckman in the general election who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Tiahrt was a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 4th District of Kansas from 1995 to 2011. He stepped down from the seat in 2010 to seek the U.S. Senate seat Jerry Moran ended up winning.[4][5] On July 10, 2014, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission against Tiahrt alleging unlawful coordination between his campaign and the super PAC Kansans for Responsible Government.[6]

In response to the primary challenge from Tiahrt, incumbent Mike Pompeo was endorsed by the Club for Growth and Koch Industries.[7][8]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 2, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Kansas is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[9][10][11]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by June 15, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[12]

See also: Kansas elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Mike Pompeo (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Kansas' 4th Congressional District is located in southern Kansas and encompasses Kinsley, Stafford, Kiowa, Pratt, Comanche, Barber, Kingman, Harper, Summer, Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Cowley, Chautauqua, Elk and Greenwood counties, as well as a portion of Pawnee County. The largest city in the district is Wichita.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

General election results

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Mike Pompeo Incumbent 0% 0
     Democratic Perry Shuckman 0% 0
Total Votes 0

Primary results

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo Incumbent 62.6% 43,564
Todd Tiahrt 37.4% 25,977
Total Votes 69,541
Source: Kansas Secretary of State

Issues

FEC complaint

On July 10, 2014, a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission against Todd Tiahrt alleging unlawful coordination between his campaign and the super PAC Kansans for Responsible Government. As a super PAC the group is not bound by campaign contribution limits. It was formed by Kansas oilman Willis "Wink" Hartman, whom Mike Pompeo defeated in the Republican primary in 2010 for the then-open 4th District seat.[6]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Neutral/Abstain 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.[19] Pompeo did not vote on the resolution.[20][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.[22] 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.[23] Mike Pompeo voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

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.[25] 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 Pompeo voted against HR 2775.[26]

Endorsements

Mike Pompeo

  • In response to the primary challenge from former Rep. Todd Tiahrt, the Club for Growth endorsed incumbent Mike Pompeo on May 29, 2014.[7]
    • Congressman Mike Pompeo is a taxpayer hero with a 90% on the Club for Growth’s congressional scorecard and we hope he is re-nominated by Kansas Republicans. Mike stands on principle to do what’s right for Kansas and America. He’ll never stop fighting the Obama agenda in Washington. Former Congressman Todd Tiahrt, on the other hand, has a liberal voting record that pales in comparison to Mike Pompeo. Congressman Tiahrt was one of the biggest spenders in the Republican Party when he served in Congress. He voted to spend millions on an Exploratorium in San Francisco, a Lobster Institute in Maine, and even to spend millions on a building named after liberal New York Congressman Charlie Rangel. If that wasn’t bad enough, he voted for Obama’s wasteful ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program and to raise his own pay five times. Now that he’s decided to run for Congress, the Club’s PAC will do everything it can to make sure voters in Kansas learn the truth about Todd Tiahrt and his liberal record,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola.[7]

Todd Tiahrt

  • Kansans for Responsible Government, a super PAC that is free from campaign contribution limits because it independently advocates, has worked on behalf of challenger Todd Tiahrt.
    • The group cannot give money directly to Tiahrt, but filings show it has spent more than $162,000 as of July 2014 on campaign on ads.[29]

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Mike Pompeo (Inc.) Todd TiahrtUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
CMA Strategies
July 21-23, 2014
45%26%29%+/-4.9400
SurveyUSA
July 17-21, 2014
46%39%16%+/-4.3900
SurveyUSA
June 16-18, 2014
51%34%16%+/-4.3534
AVERAGES 47.33% 33% 20.33% +/-4.5 611.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Campaign contributions

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$1,255,376.64$165,437.99$(46,597.82)$1,374,216.81
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$1,374,216.81$186,190.04$(128,503.36)$1,431,903.49
October Quarterly[32]October 13, 2013$1,431,903.49$658,155.74$(77,390.91)$2,012,668.32
Year-end[33]January 17, 2014$2,012,668$196,699$(161,701)$2,047,666
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$2,047,666$208,688$(143,691)$2,112,663
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2014$1,846,718$154,542$(322,483)$1,678,777
Running totals
$1,569,712.77$(880,367.09)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Mike Pompeo (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Robert Leon Tillman and Thomas Jefferson in the general election.

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo Incumbent 62.2% 161,094
     Democratic Robert Leo Tillman 31.6% 81,770
     Libertarian Thomas Jefferson 6.2% 16,058
Total Votes 258,922
Source: Kansas Secretary of State "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Mike Pompeo won election to the United States House. He defeated Raj Goyle (D), Shawn Smith (L) and Susan G. Ducey (Reform) in the general election.[36]

U.S. House, Kansas District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pompeo 58.8% 119,575
     Democratic Raj Goyle 36.5% 74,143
     Libertarian Shawn Smith 2.3% 4,624
     Reform Susan G. Ducey 2.5% 5,041
Total Votes 203,383

Polls 2010

A KWCH poll commissioned in August 2010 showed a close race between Pompeo and Democratic candidate Raj Goyle.[37]

Kansas' Congressional District 4, 2010
Poll Mike Pompeo (R) Raj Goyle (D)David Moffett (L)Susan Ducey (RP)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
(August 9-11, 2010)
49%42%4%1%5%+/-4.1604
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 7, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 7, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 7, 2014
  4. Kansas City Star, "Todd Tiahrt will run for his old seat in Congress," accessed May 31, 2014
  5. Washington Post, "Want to see a nasty GOP House primary? Oh, it’s just getting started in Kansas," accessed May 31, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sacramento Bee, "Kansas GOP race heats up with election complaint," accessed July 15, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Club for Growth, "Club for Growth PAC Endorses Mike Pompeo For Congress," accessed May 31, 2014
  8. Politico, "Koch Industries backs Pompeo in Kansas," accessed July 9, 2014
  9. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  10. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  11. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  12. Kansas Secretary of State Website, "Registration & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  13. Kansas Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  14. Kansas Secretary of State, "Candidates for the 2014 Primary (official)," accessed June 2, 2014
  15. Kansas City Star, "Todd Tiahrt will run for his old seat in Congress," accessed May 31, 2014
  16. Washington Post, "Want to see a nasty GOP House primary? Oh, it’s just getting started in Kansas," accessed May 31, 2014
  17. The Wichita Eagle, "Democrat Perry Schuckman will run for Fourth District congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  18. Biz Journals, "Perry Schuckman says he’ll run for Kansas 4th Congressional seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  19. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  20. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  21. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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  28. Sacramento Bee, "Political groups putting big money in Kansas race," accessed July 16, 2014
  29. Sacramento Bee, "Political groups putting big money in Kansas race," accessed July 16, 2014
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  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. KWCH "Survey: Goyle & Pompeo square off for US House seat," August 12, 2010