Colorado's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Colorado's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Cory Gardner Republican Party
Cory Gardner.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Colorado U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Colorado is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is considered closed, but unaffiliated voters may choose to affiliate with a party on election day in order to vote.[3]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Cory Gardner (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 4th District is located in eastern Colorado and includes Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, Lincoln, Douglas, Elbett, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Kioawa, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Yuma, Washington, Morgan, Weld, Logan, Phillips, Arapshoe and Sedgwick counties.[4]


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Democratic Party Vic Meyers
Republican Party Ken Buck
Libertarian Party Jess Loban
Independent Grant Doherty

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[5] 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.[6] Cory Gardner voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[7]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[8] 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. Cory Gardner voted for HR 2775.[9]

Campaign contributions

Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2013$465,202.03$92,674.24$(93,201.88)$464,674.39
July Quarterly[11]July 12, 2013$464,674.39$300,037.12$(103,279.23)$661,432.28
October Quarterly[12]October 14, 2013$661,432.28$262,611.41$(159,780.62)$764,263.07
Year-End[13]January 29, 2014$764,263$185,939$(73,522)$876,679
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$876,679$1,411,750$(168,312)$2,120,118
Pre-Primary[15]June 12, 2014$2,120,118$1,520,801$(603,648)$3,037,270
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2014$3,037,270$1,191,886$(787,582)$3,441,574
Running totals

District history


On November 6, 2012, Cory Gardner (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brandon Shaffer, Josh Gilliland and Doug Aden in the general election.

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brandon Shaffer 36.8% 125,715
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner Incumbent 58.4% 199,842
     Libertarian Josh Gilliland 3.1% 10,674
     Constitution Doug Aden 1.7% 5,845
Total Votes 342,076
Source: Colorado Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Cory Gardner won election to the United States House. He defeated Betsy Markey and Doug Aden in the general election.[17]

U.S. House, Colorado District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCory Gardner 53.3% 138,634
     Democratic Betsy Markey Incumbent 42% 109,249
     American Constitution Doug Aden 4.7% 12,312
Total Votes 260,195

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  4. Colorado November 2011 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 23, 2012
  5. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  6. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  9. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"