Utah's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Utah's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to convention

Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Stewart 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 2nd Congressional District of Utah will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Chris Stewart as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election.[3] Luz Robles won the Democratic nomination on the same day. She ran unopposed.[4] Stewart and Robles will face Wayne Hill, Shaun McCausland and Bill Barron in the general election. The race is 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 must have registered 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 is Chris Stewart (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Utah's 2nd Congressional District is located in the northern portion of the state and surrounds Salt Lake City and parts of Morgan and Summit counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates[9]


April 26, 2014, Convention results

Republican Party Republican convention

Democratic Party Democratic convention

Election results

Republican convention results

On April 26, 2014, at Utah’s GOP Convention, delegates chose incumbent Chris Stewart as the Republican candidate in the 2014 general election. Stewart received 602 votes, or 67.79 percent, while Larry Meyers received 191 votes, or 25.51 percent, Vaughn Hatton received 53 votes, or 5.9 percent and Zachary Hartman received 42 votes, or 4.73 percent.[11]

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% of the votes, the candidate moves on to the general election; otherwise, the two remaining candidates compete in a primary election.[12] 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.”[13]

Democratic convention results

Robles won the Democratic nomination on April 26, 2014. She ran unopposed.[4]

Key votes

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

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Stewart 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.[14]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Stewart 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.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png Stewart 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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Stewart voted in support 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

Economy

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Stewart voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

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.[19] 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.[20] Stewart voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

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.[22] 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. Stewart voted against HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Stewart voted for 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Stewart has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

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

Campaign contributions

Chris Stewart

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

Chris Stewart (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 10, 2013$38,432.46$36,519.50$(36,225.57)$38,726.39
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$38,726.39$63,300.00$(27,878.05)$74,148.34
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$74,148.34$59,050.00$(36,028.75)$97,169.59
Year-End[34]January 28, 2014$97,169$115,270$(42,339)$170,100
Pre-Convention[35]April 11, 2014$170,100.66$143,690.00$(108,351.26)$205,439.40
Running totals
$417,829.5$(250,822.63)

Luz Robles

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

Luz Robles (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]March 28, 2014$39,107.66$19,253.54$(39,768.73)$18,592.47
Running totals
$19,253.54$(39,768.73)

Bill Barron

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Barron's reports.[38]

Bill Barron (Utah) (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[39]April 14, 2014$2,738.46$0.66$(982.32)$1,756.80
Running totals
$0.66$(982.32)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Chris Stewart (R) won his first term election to the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Utah on November 6, 2012.[40]

U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Stewart 62.2% 154,523
     Democratic Jay Seegmiller 33.5% 83,176
     Constitution Jonathan D. Garrard 2% 5,051
     Independent Joseph Andrade 1.2% 2,971
     Independent Charles E. Kimball 1.1% 2,824
Total Votes 248,545
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jim Matheson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Morgan Philpot (R), Randall Hinton (Constitution), Dave Glissmeyer (Unaffiliated) and Wayne L. Hill (Unaffiliated) in the general election.[41]

U.S. House, Utah District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Matheson incumbent 50.4% 127,151
     Republican Morgan Philpot 46% 116,001
     Constitution Randall Hinton 1.8% 4,578
     Unaffiliated Dave Glissmeyer 1.2% 2,945
     Unaffiliated Wayne L. Hill 0.6% 1,604
Total Votes 252,279

See also

External links

References

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