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
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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.

Iowa is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters are allowed to change their political party affiliation on election day.[4]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Tom Latham (R), who was first elected in 1994.

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]

District history


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 Boswell won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Brad Zaun (R), and Rebecca Williamson (Socialist Workers) in the general election.[30]

U.S. House of Representatives, Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Boswell Incumbent 50.7% 122,147
     Republican Brad Zaun 46.5% 111,925
     Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 2.6% 6,258
     Independent Write-In 0.2% 426
Total Votes 240,756

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Iowa Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  6. Des Moines Register, "Des Moines teacher seeks to oust Congressman Latham in 3rd District GOP primary," accessed December 2, 2013
  7. Des Moines Register, "Elections chief Matt Schultz jumps into race for Congress," accessed February 5, 2014
  8. Facebook, "Matt Schultz," accessed January 28, 2014
  9. Roll Call, "Iowa Republican Drops Senate Bid, Will Run for Open House Seat," accessed January 2, 2014
  10. The Iowa Republican, "Grassley Chief of Staff David Young set to enter U.S. Senate race," May 23, 2013
  11. Des Moines Register, "State Sen. Brad Zaun: I’ll definitely enter 3rd Congressional District race soon," accessed January 22, 2014
  12. Iowa Republican, "Robert Cramer Announces his Candidacy for Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  13. Des Moines Register, "GOP’s Robert Cramer jumps into Des Moines-area U.S. House race," accessed February 3, 2014
  14. KMA Land, "Shaw formally entering Congressional race this week," accessed February 3, 2014
  15. Quad City Times, "Iowa 3rd District GOP race will go to convention," accessed June 3, 2014
  16. Iowa Republican, "Shocker: David Young wins GOP Nomination on Fifth Ballot (VIDEO ADDED)," accessed June 23, 2014
  17. Des Moines Register "Democrat Staci Appel opts against challenging Tom Latham for Congress" accessed April 16, 2013
  18. Roll Call "Democratic Recruit Files to Challenge Latham #IA03" accessed July 9, 2013
  19. Roll Call, "DCCC uses inauguration to tout potential house recruits," January 22, 2013
  20. Omaha World Herald "Democrat to seek Iowa's 3rd District House seat" accessed February 28, 2012
  21. Daily Kos "Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: It begins: The first fundraising numbers of 2013 are here" accessed April 16, 2013
  22. Roll Call "Iowa: Democrat Sherzan Drops Bid to Challenge Latham" accessed July 9, 2013
  23. Des Moines Register, "One more woman in DM-area congressional race?," accessed February 4, 2014
  24. Des Moines Register, "GOP’s Brenna Findley rules out run for Congress this year," accessed February 4, 2014
  25. Des Moines Register, "State Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa will not run for Congress," accessed January 22, 2014
  26. Roll Call, "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits," January 22, 2013
  27. Waukee-Patch, 'West Des Moines Democrat to Challenge Tom Latham for Congressional Seat," February 11, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Iowa Democrat Mike Sherzan Declares House Bid Against Latham," February 11, 2013
  29. Roll Call "Iowa: Democrat Sherzan Drops Bid to Challenge Latham" Accessed July 9, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed November 5, 2011