United States House of Representatives elections in North Dakota, 2014

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North Dakota's At-large Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 10, 2014

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

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


North Dakota U.S. House Elections
At-large district

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in North Dakota will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.

In North Dakota's Republican-leaning At-Large District, Incumbent Kevin Cramer (R) is expected to face an easy road to re-election in 2014. Cramer will take on North Dakota State Senator George B. Sinner (D) and Jack Seaman (L) in the November general election. All three candidates ran uncontested in the primary election on June 10, 2014.[4]

The Cook Political Report rates Cramer's seat as "Solid Republican." Although Cramer has only been a member of the U.S. House since 2013, he defeated his Democratic challenger Pam Gulleson in 2012 by 13.2 percent, despite Gulleson having raised over $700,000 in total contributions for the election.[5] As of his 2014 April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, Sinner had raised only about $33,000. However, in the short time leading up to the pre-primary report, he raised close to $200,000, whereas Cramer raised only $110,000 during that same time period. Cramer remains in the lead financially, having raised a total of $843,040.07.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 7, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: North Dakota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: The state of North Dakota does not have voter registration requirements. Voters only have to prove they have lived in the state for at least 30 days before the election.[9]

See also: North Dakota elections, 2014

Incumbent: The incumbent heading into the election is Kevin Cramer (R), who was first elected in 2012.

North Dakota has a single at-large congressional district, which makes up the entire state.

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the one congressional seat from North Dakota.

Members of the U.S. House from North Dakota -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of October 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 0 Pending
     Republican Party 1 Pending
Total 1 1

Candidates

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General election candidates


June 10, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, North Dakota's At-Large District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Kevin Cramer Incumbent 0% 0
     Democratic George B. Sinner 0% 0
     Libertarian Jack Seaman 0% 0
Total Votes 0

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

Polls

General election polls

General election candidates
Poll Kevin Cramer (R) George Sinner (D)Jack Seaman (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
DFM Research
October 13-16, 2014
46%39%3%12%+/-4.7430
Forum Communications
September 26-October 3, 2014
46%27%4%23%+/-5505
WPA Opinion Research
September 29-30, 2014
48%38%0%12%+/-4.9400
The Mellman Group, Inc.
September 20-22, 2014
38%40%5%17%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 44.5% 36% 3% 16% +/-4.88 433.75
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  • Note: A response of "0%" may indicate that a particular answer choice did not appear as an option in the given poll.

Campaign contributions

Kevin Cramer

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kevin Cramer's reports.[15]

Kevin Cramer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$33,745.73$44,180.73$(29,101.41)$48,825.05
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$48,825.05$80,394.00$(43,372.23)$85,846.82
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$85,846.82$222,445.00$(68,818.81)$239,473.01
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$239,473.01$116,178.57$(62,887.45)$292,764.13
April Quarterly[20]April 14, 2014$292,764.13$269,814.07$(58,001.23)$504,576.97
Pre-Primary[21]May 29, 2014$504,576.97$110,027.70$(64,662.89)$549,941.78
Running totals
$843,040.07$(326,844.02)


George B. Sinner

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

George B. Sinner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$0.00$37,025.00$(3,841.20)$33,183.80
Pre-Primary[24]May 29, 2014$33,183.80$196,550.40$(47,121.55)$182,612.65
Running totals
$233,575.4$(50,962.75)

Media

Kevin Cramer

Kevin Cramer released the following ad in September 2014, and it was taken off the air in early October. The ad featured Cramer's position on veterans issues, and was filmed in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, which is run by the North Dakota National Guard. The ad was pulled in response to a regulation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prohibiting any kind of political activity from taking place in a veterans cemetery.[25]


Cramer ad pulled for use of veterans cemetery

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Kevin Cramer (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated Pam Gulleson and Eric Olson (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, North Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pam Gulleson 41.7% 131,870
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Cramer 54.9% 173,585
     Libertarian Eric Olson 3.2% 10,261
     Write In N/A 0.2% 508
Total Votes 316,224
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rick Berg won election to the United States House. He defeated Earl Pomeroy (D) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, North Dakota At-Large District General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Berg 54.9% 129,802
     Democratic Earl Pomeroy incumbent 45.1% 106,542
Total Votes 236,344

See also

External links

References

  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. Associated Press, "North Dakota - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 7, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CRAMER, Kevin, (1961 - )," accessed July 7, 2014
  6. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  9. North Dakota Secretary of State, "North Dakota...The Only State Without Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  10. Inforum, "George B. Sinner to seek Democratic nomination to challenge Cramer for ND congressional seat," accessed March 18, 2014
  11. Jack Seaman for Congress, "Home", accessed January 24, 2014
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Kevin Cramer's Summary Report," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress April Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress July Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress Year-End," accessed May 19, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress April Quarterly," accessed May 19, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Cramer for Congress Pre-Primary," accessed July 7, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "George B. Sinner Summary Report," accessed May 8, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "George B. Sinner April Quarterly," accessed May 8, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "George B. Sinner Pre-Primary," accessed July 7, 2014
  25. Watchdog, "Political ad filmed in ND veterans cemetery violates rules, officials say," accessed October 7, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013