Iowa's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
David Young Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tom Latham Republican Party
Tom Latham.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Toss Up[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Lean R[3]

Iowa U.S. House Elections
District 1District 2District 3District 4

2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd 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 was Tom Latham (R), who was first elected in 1994. Latham announced on December 17, 2013, that he would not run for re-election in 2014.[4]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District currently covers an area in the southeastern corner of Iowa. Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Warren, Madison, Adair, Cass, Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Page, Montgomery, Taylor, Adams, Union and Ringgold counties are included in this district.[5]


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June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold in the primary required to make the general election ballot.[15][16]

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Considered but withdrew

Declined to run

Race background

Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell was unseated by Republican Tom Latham in the 2012 general election, but President Obama still won the district, signaling to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that the 3rd District could be reclaimed for their party in 2014. As of January, 2013, the DCCC was already at work recruiting Democratic candidates to take on incumbents in targeted districts. According to a Roll Call report released on Jan. 22, the DCCC capitalized on the elite guest lists at events surrounding the presidential inauguration to vet prospects in three promising congressional districts, including businessman Michael Sherzan for Iowa's 3rd District. Sherzan is the chairman of Broker Deal Financial Services Corp, and had not been on the press' radar before his arrival in Washington for inaugural weekend.[26] The report proved to be accurate when, on Feb. 11, Sherzan formally announced his bid for the seat.[27][28] He withdrew from the race in April 2013.[29]

Jumpstart program

Appel is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which is designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[30]


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.[31] 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.[32] Tom Latham voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[33]

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.[34] 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. Tom Latham voted for HR 2775.[35]

Campaign contributions

Tom Latham

Tom Latham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$117,560.55$308,771.34$(141,983.69)$284,348.2
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$284,348.20$255,322.71$(46,665.61)$493,005.30
October Quarterly[38]October 13, 2013$493,005.16$438,747.61$(60,253.83)$871,498.94
Year-end[39]January 31, 2014$871,499$127,581$(144,341)$854,739
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$854,739$0$(274,045)$580,694
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$580,694$2,926$(49,019)$534,807
Running totals

Staci Appel

Staci Appel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[41]October 14, 2013$0.00$238,878.28$(39,215.24)$199,663.04
Year End[42]January 31, 2014$199,663$260,703$(90,876)$369,490
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$369,490$263,591$(162,665)$470,416
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2014$466,564$316,834$(61,195)$725,613
October Quarterly[45]October 15, 2014$725,612$596,097$(952,654)$369,055
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Tom Latham (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Leonard Boswell, David Rosenfeld, and Scott G. Batcher in the general election.

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Latham Incumbent 52.3% 202,000
     Democratic Leonard Boswell 43.7% 168,632
     Independent David Rosenfeld 1.6% 6,286
     Independent Scott G. Batcher 2.4% 9,352
Total Votes 386,270
Source: Iowa Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Leonard L. Boswell won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brad Zaun (R) and Rebecca Williamson (Socialist Workers) in the general election.[46]

U.S. House, Iowa District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard L. Boswell incumbent 50.7% 122,147
     Republican Brad Zaun 46.5% 111,925
     Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 2.6% 6,258
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 426
Total Votes 240,756

See also

External links


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