Nebraska's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Nebraska's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 13, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Fortenberry Republican Party
Jeff Fortenberry.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Nebraska U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Nebraska will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Jeff Fortenberry holds a safe Republican seat in Nebraska's 1st District. Currently, all three House seats in Nebraska are held by Republicans, and the last Democratic U.S. Representative in Nebraska was Peter D. Hoagland, who left office in 1994. The Cook Political Report rates Fortenberry's seat as "Solid Republican," meaning that it is highly unlikely to be competitive.[4] This is not surprising, seeing as Fortenberry has been in office since 2004 and won the general election in 2012 with a 36.6 percent margin of victory.[5][6]

Fortenberry's challenger in the general election is Dennis Crawford (D), an attorney who is running because he wants to raise the debt ceiling and avoid government default.[7] In the Republican primary on May 13, 2014, Crawford ran unopposed and Fortenberry easily defeated his two challengers.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 3, 2014
May 13, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Nebraska is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. A blanket primary system is used for the nonpartisan legislature and some other statewide races while congressional primary elections are closed.[8]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either April 25, 2014, by mail or carrier, or by May 2, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 17, 2014.[9]

See also: Nebraska elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Jeff Fortenberry (R), who was first elected in 2004.

Nebraska's 1st Congressional District is located in the eastern portion of the state and includes Cedar, Dixon, Dakota, Thurston, Wayne, Madison, Stanton,Cuming, Burt, Colfax, Dodge, Butler, Saunders, Washington, Sarpy, Cass, Seward, Lancaster, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Gage, Pawnee and Richardson counties.[10]


General election candidates

May 13, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Nebraska District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 86.1% 63,437
Jessica L. Turek 8% 5,890
Dennis Parker 6% 4,389
Total Votes 73,716
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Key votes

Government affairs

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.[13] Fortenberry joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[14][15]

Campaign contributions

Jeff Fortenberry

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Fortenberry's reports.[16]

Jeff Fortenberry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$770,946.77$71,461.20$(25,465.28)$816,942.69
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$816,942.69$111,508.84$(30,563.59)$897,887.94
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$897,887.94$105,444.24$(18,798.42)$984,533.76
Year-End Quarterly[20]December 31, 2013$984,533$92,020$(35,885)$1,030,469
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$1,030,469.46$103,551.74$(55,545.65)$1,078,475.55
Running totals

Dennis Crawford

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Crawford's reports.[22]

Dennis Crawford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[23]January 15, 2014$0.00$14,149.00$(3,698.00)$10,451.00
April Quarterly[24]April 7, 2014$10,451.00$10,484.80$(1,528.25)$19,407.55
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Jeff Fortenberry (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Korey L. Reiman in the general election.

U.S. House, Nebraska, District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Korey L. Reiman 31.7% 81,206
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry Incumbent 68.3% 174,889
Total Votes 256,095
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jeff Fortenberry won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ivy Harper (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Nebraska District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Fortenberry incumbent 71.3% 116,871
     Democratic Ivy Harper 28.7% 47,106
Total Votes 163,977

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "FORTENBERRY, Jeff, (1960 - )," accessed July 2, 2014
  6. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Results of Nebraska General Election - November 6, 2012," accessed July 2, 2014
  7. Omaha, "Democratic attorney Dennis Crawford to challenge Jeff Fortenberry for House seat," accessed July 2, 2014
  8. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  9. Nebraska Secretary of State Website, "Voter Information Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Nebraska Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 29, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List for May 13, 2014 Primary Election," accessed May 11, 2014
  12. Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 27, 2014
  13. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Fortenberry 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2014
  17. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  18. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  19. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  20. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  21. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Dennis Crawford Summary Report," accessed April 29, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Dennis Crawford Year-End," accessed April 29, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Dennis Crawford April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013