Utah's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Utah's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to conventions

November 4 Election Winner:
Rob Bishop Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rob Bishop Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid Republican[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Utah U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Utah held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rob Bishop defeated David Yu-Lin Chiu at Utah's GOP Convention on April 26, 2014.[3] Donna McAleer defeated Peter Conover Clemens at Utah's Democratic Convention on the same day.[4] Bishop defeated McAleer in the general election. Libertarian candidate Craig Bowden and American Independent candidate Dwayne Vance were also on the general election ballot. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[5]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 20, 2014
No primary, due to conventions
November 4, 2014

Primary: Utah is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican primary.[6]

Voter registration: Voters needed to register to vote in the primary by either May 25, 2014, by mail, or June 9, 2014, online. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Utah elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Rob Bishop (R), who was first elected in 2002.

Utah's 1st Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and includes Box Elder, Cache, Rich, Weber and Davis counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates[9]


April 26, 2014, Convention results

Republican Party Republican convention

Democratic Party Democratic convention

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 64.2% 70,240
     Democratic Donna McAleer 29% 31,668
     Libertarian Craig Bowden 3.6% 3,941
     Independent American Dwayne Vance 3.2% 3,538
Total Votes 109,387
Source: Utah.gov

Republican convention

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Rob Bishop as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Bishop received 767 votes, or 80.74 percent, while David Yu-Lin Chiu received 183 votes, or 19.26 percent.[3]

Utah uses a convention-primary system to choose candidates for general elections. At the state nominating convention, delegates cast votes for a candidate on behalf of their district. If a delegate receives 60 percent of the votes, the candidate moves on to the general election; otherwise, the two remaining candidates compete in a primary election.[14] According to The Salt Lake Tribune, “The group Count My Vote, led by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and other influential and well-heeled Republicans, launched a petition drive last year to put a measure on the ballot to strip the party conventions of most of their authority, arguing the caucus-convention system is exclusionary and doesn’t represent the average Utahn.”[15]

Democratic convention

On April 26, 2014, Donna McAleer won the Democratic nomination with 66 percent of the vote. She defeated Peter Conover Clemens. After winning the nomination McAleer said, “Our Utah pioneers came to this state for the common good, and it’s with that spirit that we must unite. And we must help identify those independents and save them from the radical right. All Utahns, we need to get our country back on track – a track that’s not left, not right, but forward – right here, right now.”[4]

Key votes

Below are important votes that Bishop cast during the 113th Congress.

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Bishop voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[16]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Bishop voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[16]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngBishop voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[16]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Bishop voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[17] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[16]

Economy

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.[18] 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.[19] Bishop voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.pngThe 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.[21] 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. Bishop voted against HR 2775.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Bishop supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Bishop has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

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

Campaign contributions

Rob Bishop

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bishop's reports.[29]

Rob Bishop (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$14,110.29$11,000.00$(11,860.46)$13,249.83
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$13,249.83$68,505.00$(29,517.38)$52,237.45
October Quarterly[32]October 15, 2013$52,237.45$29,900.00$(31,237.25)$50,900.20
Year-End[33]January 31, 2014$50,900$45,795$(17,635)$79,060
Pre-Convention[34]April 14, 2014$79,060.29$19,900.00$(64,656.79)$34,303.50
Running totals
$175,100$(154,906.88)

Craig Bowden

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bowden's reports.[35]

Craig Bowden (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[36]July 12, 2013$0.00$280.00$(280.00)$0.00
Year-End[37]January 22, 2014$0$185$(185)$0
April Quarterly[38]March 31, 2014$0$869.90$(861.21)$9.49
Running totals
$1,334.9$(1,326.21)

Donna McAleer

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McAleer's reports.[39]

Donna McAleer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 16, 2014$44,376.00$23,983.18$(25,502.18)$42,857.00
Running totals
$23,983.18$(25,502.18)

Peter Conover Clemens

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clemens' reports.[41]

Peter Clemens (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 29, 2013$0.00$29,030.00$(8,958.80)$20,071.20
July Quarterly[43]July 15, 2013$20,071.20$12,385.00$(21,620.90)$10,835.30
October Quarterly[44]October 9, 2013$10,835.30$11,030.00$(12,601.18)$9,264.12
Year-End[45]January 31, 2014$9,264$6,735$(10,488)$5,510
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$5,510.88$21,755.00$(14,071.72)$13,194.16
Running totals
$80,935$(67,740.6)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Rob Bishop (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Donna McAleer and Sherry Phipps in the general election.

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop Incumbent 71.5% 175,487
     Democratic Donna M. McAleer 24.7% 60,611
     Constitution Sherry Phipps 3.8% 9,430
Total Votes 245,528
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rob Bishop won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Morgan E. Bowen (D), Kirk D. Pearson (Constitution) and Jared Paul Stratton (L) in the general election.[47]

U.S. House, Utah District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bishop incumbent 69.2% 135,247
     Democratic Morgan E. Bowen 23.9% 46,765
     Constitution Kirk D. Pearson 4.7% 9,143
     Libertarian Jared Paul Stratton 2.2% 4,307
Total Votes 195,462

See also

External links

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