Nevada's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Nevada's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Joe Heck Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

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


Nevada U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Nevada will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Nevada's 3rd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. The Cook Political Report and FairVote both rate the race as "Likely Republican." [4][5] This could still make for a competitive race, but one that would most likely favor the Republican candidate. Republican incumbent Joe Heck has only been in office since 2011, but he won re-election in 2012 with a fairly safe 7.5 percent margin of victory. The district voted Democratic in the 2012 presidential election, but President Barack Obama won the district by a mere 0.8 percent margin of victory.

Bilbray won the June 10 Democratic primary by a wide margin of victory.[6] As of two weeks before the primary election, her challenger, Zachary Campbell, did not have a campaign website and had not done any significant advertising or fundraising. News articles simply referred to him as Bilbray's "little-known opponent."[7]

Incumbent Joe Heck ran unopposed for the Republican nomination. For the general election, Heck maintains a lead in the general election polls, but Bilbray contends that she will be able to close the gap.[8]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Nevada 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 May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014.[12]

See also: Nevada elections, 2014

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

Nevada's 3rd Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes the portion of Clark County that is south of Las Vegas.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Primary results

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErin Bilbray 84% 13,204
Zachary Campbell 16% 2,511
Total Votes 15,715
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results

Race background

Republican incumbent Joe Heck's narrow re-election victory in 2012, combined with Obama's win over the district, signaled to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that the 3rd 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 Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray, who had expressed interest in the 3rd District seat prior to her arrival in Washington.[17][18]

Democratic Super PAC House Majority PAC listed incumbent Joe Heck as one of 10 they are targeting as vulnerable incumbent Republicans in 2014, with the focus on those holding competitive seats.[19]

Endorsements

Joe Heck

Joe Heck has received the following endorsements for his 2014 re-election campaign:

Erin Bilbray

Erin Bilbray has been endorsed by the following groups:[21]

Issues

Campaign themes

Joe Heck

Joe Heck lists the following issues on his campaign website:[22]

  • Healthcare: Joe Heck is fighting for a better alternative. Joe Heck’s solution supports Nevada’s families by protecting the patient-physician relationship and reducing health care costs. Joe Heck is working to protect Medicare for Nevada’s seniors and preserve it for future generations.
  • Jobs and the Economy: Joe Heck’s plan to fast track the tourist visa process will bring much needed economic growth to Southern Nevada and help businesses open and put Nevada men and women back to work.
  • Government Spending: Joe Heck has pushed for an audit of the Federal Reserve and for a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
  • Energy: Joe Heck also supports efforts to develop alternate sources of energy like wind, solar, geothermal and hydro power as part of a long range solution to the energy crisis. Joe Heck successfully sponsored the Hoover Power Act to ensure a supply of low cost, renewable energy from Hoover Dam for 50 years.
  • Housing: He has supported programs that help homeowners who are underwater and introduced legislation to give folks who lost a home to foreclosure a second chance at homeownership and the American dream. Joe is an independent voice in gridlocked Washington who puts the interests of Nevada families and homeowners first.
  • Excessive Regulations: Joe Heck supported efforts to stop new government regulations during this time of scarce jobs and high unemployment. Joe Heck also supported efforts restricting the ability of unelected bureaucrats to impose regulations on Nevadans that could cost jobs.
  • Protecting Veterans: Dr. Heck believes the benefits of every service member who has sacrificed for his or her country must be safeguarded. Joe Heck believes we have a responsibility to deliver on the promises made to those who have volunteered to serve our country.

[23]

—Joe Heck, Campaign website (archive)

Erin Bilbray

Erin Bilbray lists the following themes, among others, on her campaign website.[24]

  • Jobs: "My highest priority is getting our economy back on track and creating an environment for businesses to create good-paying jobs to put still struggling Nevadans back to work. Congress can help small businesses succeed by getting out of the way, cutting red tape and excessive regulation, encouraging banks to lend again, and providing tax relief for small businesses. We need to encourage job growth here in Nevada–not China–by ending tax loopholes that encourage companies to go or expand overseas."
  • Deficit and Spending: "Congress needs to take a lesson from Nevada families and live within its means. I will work to cut wasteful spending and take away Congress' credit card by enforcing pay-as-you-go rules. Our budget reflects our values: we can and must invest in our children, in infrastructure, and the ability of our seniors to retire with dignity while we continue to reduce the deficit. I'll work to eliminate corporate tax loopholes, while protecting tax relief for the middle class."
  • Health Care: "Health care costs continue to be too high for both patients and small businesses. The Affordable Care Act contains a lot of common sense solutions, such as protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, lowering drug costs for seniors, and allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance plan for a longer period. But the results of full implementation remain to be seen. I believe we still need to do more to contain costs. I'm proud that my husband and I created Nevada's only completely free pediatric health clinic."
  • Medicare and Social Security: "I will not support any plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare. I believe we cannot fix our fiscal problems on the backs of our retirees. Congress needs to address the deficit and spending by eliminating corporate tax loopholes, cutting spending, cracking down on waste and fraud, and tightening our belts. It is not right to ask Americans who have paid into a system their entire lives to sacrifice before Congress takes these issues seriously."
  • Immigration: "I support comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, fair, and practical. First, we need to increase border security and enforcement. I support bringing people back into the immigration system legally through a path to citizenship for those without criminal records. Reform must include a reasonable plan for paying back taxes and fines, securing education, and gaining employment."

[23]

—Erin Bilbray, Campaign website (archive)

Randy Kimmick

Randy Kimmick lists the following issues on his campaign website:[25]

  • Defense: It is long over due to bring our troops back home where they belong. We need to be able to defend the United States not the whole world.
  • Foreign Policy: Neturality. It seems as if we are being led into another war, this time in the Urkraine. This country has little to do with our national self interest. I will oppose any efforts to involve us in this conflict. The war in Iraq is back. We have declared war on Syria. I oppose both of these new wars.
  • Economy: From recent research there is a business cycle. It has an 8.6 year time frame. The variable is the volitility of the cycle. Our leaders assume they can change this cycle by passing laws. These only cause more problems. It is like trying to turn winter into summer. Better to understand there is a cycle. Like the seasons, learn to plan and live with them. Thanks to Armstrong Economics for all their work.

[23]

—Randy Kimmick, Campaign website (archive)

Steven St John

Steven St John lists the following issues on his campaign website.[26]

I believe that it is a federal, state, county and city...it is a combined effort to create jobs.1.) We reduce taxes, reduce regulations and get government out of businesses combined with incentatves for those businesses that hire the unemployed as new employees. 2.) We expanded training classes other than leisure and hospitality and construction. 3.) We expand foreign markets for small businesses. 4.) Create, update, expand national jobs databases of jobs that are available by county or city. 5.) Subdize "mini" jobs 15 to 20 hours a week for seniors and students and a reward program for hiring long term employess as they do in Germany as a model. 6.) Diversify, significant incentatives for those businesses to move back from overseas and nationally to move to District 3 in Nevada. 7.) A new program-Co-Oping small businesses to form small groups to share the cost of doing business with understanding that they hire both the unemployed and new employees. 8.) Increasing funding for infrastructure. 9.) Increase tourism by more aggressive marketing throughout the U.S. 10.) Expand alternative energy focusing on roof top solar panels in district 3.

My goal is simple. Create Jobs is my number one priority. [23]

—Steven St John, Steven St John campaign website (archive)

Polls

General election polls

Joe Heck vs. Erin Bilbray
Poll Joe Heck Erin BilbrayUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Mellman Group, Inc. (April 21-23, 2014)
39%31%30%+/-4.9400
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

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.[27] Heck joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[28][29]

Campaign contributions

Joe Heck

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Heck's reports.[30]

Joe Heck (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$231,236.32$169,940.84$(108,345.45)$292,831.71
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$292,831.71$431,795.36$(65,985.41)$658,641.66
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$658,641.66$242,700.25$(78,984.17)$822,357.74
Year-End Quarterly[34]December 31, 2013$822,357$262,582$(69,240)$1,020,149
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$1,020,149.60$365,086.36$(146,240.62)$1,238,995.34
Running totals
$1,472,104.81$(468,795.65)

Erin Bilbray

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bilbray's reports.[36]

Erin Bilbray (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[37]October 14, 2013$0.00$253,158.62$(58,224.04)$194,934.58
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$194,934.58$164,661.65$(114,072.54)$245,523.69
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$245,523.69$271,528.27$(90,533.67)$426,518.29
Running totals
$689,348.54$(262,830.25)

Media

SEIU

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched an ad campaign on July 15, 2014, targeting four Republican incumbents in the U.S. House over their chamber’s inaction on immigration reform in 2014.

The ad campaign targeted Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, David Valadao of California and Heck of Nevada with a round of Spanish-language television ads for about two weeks. The ad buy was in the mid-six figures.[40]

Erin Bilbray


Introductory campaign video from Erin Bilbray[41]

District history

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2012

The 3rd Congressional District of Nevada held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, in which incumbent Joe Heck (R) won re-election. He defeated John Oceguera (D), Tom Jones (AI) and Jim Murphy (I) in the general election.[42] The primary was held on June 12.[43]

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Oceguera 42.9% 116,823
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Heck Incumbent 50.4% 137,244
     Independent American Party of Nevada Tom Jones 2.1% 5,600
     Independent Jim Murphy 4.7% 12,856
Total Votes 272,523
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Joseph Heck won election to the United States House. He defeated incumbent Dina Titus (D), Barry Michaels (I), Scott David Narter (Independent American) and Joseph P. Silvestri (L) in the general election.[44]

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Heck 48.1% 128,916
     Democratic Dina Titus incumbent 47.5% 127,168
     Independent Barry Michaels 2.4% 6,473
     Independent American Scott David Narter 0.5% 1,291
     Libertarian Joseph P. Silvestri 1.5% 4,026
Total Votes 267,874

See also

External links

References

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