Arizona's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Arizona's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Grijalva Democratic Party
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd congressional district of Arizona will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Arizona is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered semi-closed. Unaffiliated voters may choose which party's primary they will vote in, but voters registered with a party can only vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Raul Grijalva (D), who was first elected in 2002.

The 3rd District is located in the southern portion and southwestern corner of the state. Yuma, Maricopa, Pima and Santa Cruz counties are included in the new district boundaries.[4]

Candidates

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Democratic Party Raul Grijalva - Incumbent
Republican Party Gabriela Saucedo Mercer

Withdrew

Libertarian Party Miguel Olivas

Unemployment

Unemployment in Yuma, a border community in the southwestern corner of the district, was 34.5 percent in July 2013, roughly 4.5 times higher than the national average. The unusually high unemployment rate is caused by a large migrant population and seasonal agriculture. According to San Diego State University economics professor James Gerber on NPR, "The unemployment rate of border communities can sometimes artificially increase — and even double — because of a large uncounted migrant population. And border cities tend to have greater health problems and lower levels of education, which are associated with high unemployment." The unusually high unemployment rate could be an issue in the upcoming election.[5]

District history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Raul Grijalva (D) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) and Blanca Guerra (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaul Grijalva Incumbent 58.4% 98,468
     Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer 37.1% 62,663
     Libertarian Blanca Guerra 4.5% 7,567
Total Votes 168,698
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Benjamin Quayle won election to the United States House. He defeated Jon Hulburd, Michael Shoen and Leonard Clark in the general election.[6]

This is the 3rd congressional district prior to the 2010 redistricting.
U.S. House, Arizona District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Quayle 52.2% 108,689
     Democratic Jon Hulburd 41.1% 85,610
     Libertarian Michael Shoen 5% 10,478
     Green Leonard Clark 1.6% 3,294
Total Votes 208,071

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