Iowa's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bruce Braley Democratic Party
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The 1st Congressional District of Iowa will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 14, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Iowa has a mostly closed primary system: voters must be registered with the Democratic or Republican party in order to vote in the primary, but they may switch their party affiliation on election day.

Voter registration: Pending

See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Bruce Braley (D), who was first elected in 2006. Braley is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin.[1]

Iowa's 1st Congressional District covers the northeastern part of the state. The district includes Worth, Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Jones, Linn, Benton, Iowa, Poweshiek, Marshall and Tama counties.[2]

Candidates

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Announced candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Rumored candidates

Withdrew from race

Declined to run


Issues

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[25] 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.[26] Bruce Braley voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[27]

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.[28] 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. Bruce Braley voted for HR 2775.[29]

Endorsements

Democratic candidates

Anesa Kajtazovic

Kajtazovic received endorsements from same-sex marriage advocate Zach Wahls and former Hawkey and pro football player Tim Dwight.[30] She also received the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).[30] UFCW Locals 431 and 1149 represents over 2,500 workers in the 1st District.[30]

“We are endorsing Representative Kajtazovic because she understands better than anyone the concerns of Iowa’s working families,” UFCW Locals 431 and 1149 said. “She shares the experience of arriving to Iowa as an immigrant with many of our members. She has seen our struggles firsthand and will fight every day to give all Iowans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream...We know she will fight for us because she is one of us,” the union said in its endorsement."[30]

Campaign contributions

Democratic candidate Monica Vernon announced on July 10, 2013, that she had raised $103,587 in the three weeks after announcing her candidacy on June 4, 2013.[31]

Steve Rathje

Steve Rathje (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$0.00$51,300.00$(20,155.75)$31,144.25
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$31,144.25$52,624.29$(18,317.59)$65,450.95
October Quarterly[34]October 16, 2013$65,450.95$7,658.51$(16,219.75)$56,889.71
Year End[35]January 31, 2014$56,889$12,666$(19,886)$49,668
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$49,668$22,689$(38,639)$33,718
Running totals
$146,937.8$(113,218.09)

Rod Blum

Rod Blum (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,107.92$(4,859.57)$98,248.35
October Quarterly[38]October 16, 2013$98,248.35$60,977.62$(18,423.79)$140,802.18
Year End[39]January 31, 2014$140,802$60,935$(26,680)$175,057
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$175,057$77,710$(42,000)$210,767
Running totals
$302,730.54$(91,963.36)

Anesa Kajtazovic

Anesa Kajtazovic (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[41]November 4, 2013$0.00$37,050.01$(7,878.05)$29,171.96
Year End[42]January 31, 2014$29,171$120,275$(44,523)$104,923
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$104,923$92,564$(104,844)$92,644
Running totals
$249,889.01$(157,245.05)

Anesa Kajtazovic raised $120,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, and ended the quarter with approximately $100,000 in cash on hand.[44]

Swati Dandekar

Swati Dandekar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[45]October 16, 2013$0.00$223,747.00$(36,667.22)$187,079.78
Year End[46]January 31, 2014$187,079$180,679$(105,241)$262,517
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$262,517$181,793$(154,594)$289,716
Running totals
$586,219$(296,502.22)

Monica Vernon

Monica Vernon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[48]July 15, 2013$0.00$103,687.00$(4,344.80)$99,342.20
October Quarterly[49]October 16, 2013$99,342.20$120,712.30$(57,745.81)$162,308.69
Year-End[50]January 31, 2014$162,308$224,422$(115,824)$270,906
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$270,906$194,707$(184,436)$281,177
Running totals
$643,528.3$(362,350.61)

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[52]May 30, 2013$0.00$68,070.00$(8,202.80)$59,867.20
July Quarterly[53]July 15, 2013$59,867.20$81,923.00$(17,751.07)$124,039.13
October Quarterly[54]October 16, 2013$124,039.13$78,210.00$(260,002.07)$176,247.06
Year End[55]January 31, 2014$176,247$105,219$(57,177)$224,288
April Quarterly[56]April 15, 2014$224,288$100,257$(92,041)$232,504
Running totals
$433,679$(435,173.94)

Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[57]October 11, 2013$0.00$104,973.00$(25,374.37)$79,598.63
Year End[58]January 31, 2014$79,598$77,971$(32,849)$124,720
April Quarterly[59]April 15, 2014$124,720$132,227$(72,239)$184,709
Running totals
$315,171$(130,462.37)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Bruce Braley (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ben Lange, Gregory Hughes, and George Todd Krail II in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley Incumbent 56.9% 222,422
     Republican Ben Lange 41.6% 162,465
     Independent Gregory Hughes 1.2% 4,772
     Independent George Todd Krail II 0.2% 931
Total Votes 390,590
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bruce Braley won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Benjamin M. Lange (R), Rob J. Petsche (L) and Jason A. Faulkner (I) in the general election.[60]

U.S. House, Iowa District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Braley incumbent 49.5% 104,428
     Republican Benjamin M. Lange 47.5% 100,219
     Libertarian Rob J. Petsche 1.9% 4,087
     Independent Jason A. Faulkner 1% 2,092
     N/A Write-In 0% 76
Total Votes 210,902

See also

External links

References

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