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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Colorado

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 24, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Udall Democratic Party
Mark Udall.jpg

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Colorado will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Mark Udall is seen as being somewhat vulnerable in 2014. This is partially due to the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, he faces a legitimate Republican challenger in U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner. Polling as of June 2014 shows Udall with a slight lead over Gardner.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 24, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[2]

Voter registration: Voters can register to vote in the primary by either June 2 (by mail, at a voter registration agency, voter registration drive or DMV), June 16 (online) or on election day (in-person at a voter service polling center). For the general election, voters can register November 4, 2014, through election day.[3]

See also: Colorado elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall (D). Udall was first elected in 2008.

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mark Udall
Republican Party Cory Gardner

June 24, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Did not make primary ballot

Withdrew

Race background

Multiple Republican candidates filed to run for the seat currently held by Mark Udall. However, because Cory Gardner received the votes of 73 percent of the more than 3,900 delegates at the state assembly on April 12, 2014, he was the only Republican on the primary ballot. Thus, he will face incumbent Mark Udall in November.[4]

Campaign spending

American Crossroads reserved $2.3 million in airtime to oppose incumbent Mark Udall.[5]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded 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.[6] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Mark Udall voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[7]

Media

Mark Udall

Supporting


Ad attacking Cory Gardner for past votes

Udall for Colorado - Ad attacking Gardner for his stance on birth control and abortion

Opposing


Americans For Prosperity ad targeting Udall for supporting Obamacare

American Energy Alliance ad attacking Udall for special interests

Cory Gardner

Supporting


American for Prosperity ad supporting Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner's first campaign ad

Cory Gardner for Senate - Gardner Hits Back

Opposing


League of Conservation Voters ad attacking Cory Gardner

SEIU launched an ad campaign on July 15, 2014, targeting four Republican incumbents in the U.S. House over their chamber’s inaction on immigration reform in 2014.

The ad campaign targeted Gardner and Mike Coffman of Colorado, David Valadao of California and Joe Heck of Nevada with a round of Spanish-language television ads that will run for about two weeks. The ad buy was in the mid-six figures.[8]

Polls

Mark Udall vs. Cory Gardner
Poll Mark Udall Cory GardnerNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports (June 25-26, 2014)
43%42%15%+/-4750
Public Policy Polling (May 7-8, 2014)
47%43%10%+/-4.3526
Harper Polling (April 17, 2014)
45%43%12%+/-4.4
Harper Polling (March 8-9, 2014)
45%44%11%+/-4.3689
Public Policy Polling (March 13-16, 2014)
42%40%17%+/-4.1568
AVERAGES 44.4% 42.4% 13% +/-4.22 506.6
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org






Campaign contributions

Candidate Ballot Access
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Mark Udall

Mark Udall (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 18, 2013$1,358,707.07$1,595,645.64$(405,728.39)$2,548,624.32
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2013$2,548,624.32$1,345,544.51$(460,351.33)$3,433,817.50
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2013$3,433,817.50$1,143,765.56$(436,501.20)$4,141,081.86
Year-End[12]January 28, 2014$4,141,081$1,161,151$(578,188)$4,724,044
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$4,724,044$2,063,112$(882,623)$5,904,534
Pre-Primary[14]June 12, 2014$59,004,534$1,742,747$(2,021,323)$5,625,957
Running totals
$9,051,965.71$(4,784,714.92)

Cory Gardner

Cory Gardner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 13, 2013$465,202.03$92,674.24$(93,201.88)$464,674.39
July Quarterly[16]July 12, 2013$464,674.39$300,037.12$(103,279.23)$661,432.28
October Quarterly[17]October 14, 2013$661,432.28$262,611.41$(159,780.62)$764,263.07
Year-End[18]January 29, 2014$764,263$185,939$(73,522)$876,679
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$876,679$1,411,750$(168,312)$2,120,118
Pre-Primary[20]June 12, 2014$2,120,118$1,520,801$(603,648)$3,037,270
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$3,037,270$1,191,886$(787,582)$3,441,574
Running totals
$4,965,698.77$(1,989,325.73)

Randy Baumgardner

Randy Baumgardner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[22]January 30, 2014$4,460$3,314$(2,129)$5,644
Running totals
$3,314$(2,129)

Owen Hill

Owen Hill (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$250,411.30$(61,151.79)$189,259.51
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$189,259$109,195$(92,039)$206,415
Running totals
$359,606.3$(153,190.79)

Jaime McMillan

Jaime McMillan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 17, 2013$5,000.00$0.00$(250.00)$4,750.00
July Quarterly[26]July 26, 2013$4,750.00$10,750.00$(12,191.64)$3,308.36
October Quarterly[27]October 18, 2013$3,308.36$0.00$(1,417.00)$1,891.36
Year-End[28]February 3, 2014$1,891$3,260$(3,950)$1,201
Running totals
$14,010$(17,808.64)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Michael Bennet won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ken Buck (R), Bob Kinsey (G), Maclyn Stringer (L), Jason Napolitano (Independent Reform), Charley Miller (Unaffiliated) and J. Moromisato (Unaffiliated) in the general election.[29]

U.S. Senate, Colorado General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Bennet incumbent 48.1% 851,590
     Republican Ken Buck 46.4% 822,731
     Green Bob Kinsey 2.2% 38,768
     Libertarian Maclyn Stringer 1.3% 22,589
     Independent Reform Jason Napolitano 1.1% 19,415
     Unaffiliated Charley Miller 0.6% 11,330
     Unaffiliated J. Moromisato 0.3% 5,767
Total Votes 1,772,190

2008

On November 4, 2008, Mark Udall won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bob Schaffer (R), Douglas Campbell (American Constitution), Bob Kinsey (G) and three write-in candidates in the general election.[30]

U.S. Senate, Colorado General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Udall 52.8% 1,230,994
     Republican Bob Schaffer 42.5% 990,755
     American Constitution Douglas Campbell 2.6% 59,733
     Green Bob Kinsey 2.1% 50,004
     Write-in Buddy Moore 0% 116
     Write-in Gary Cooper 0% 10
     Write-in Bruce Lohmiller 0% 9
Total Votes 2,331,621

See also

External links

References

  1. Scribd, "CO-Sen LCV for PPP (May 2014)," May 12, 2014
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes, "Title 1, Article 7, Section 201, Voting at primary election," accessed January 2, 2014
  3. Colorado Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQs," accessed January 3, 2014
  4. Journal-Advocate, "Gardner campaign turns to November race," April 14, 2014
  5. Politico, "Crossroads plans $10 million midterm blitz," May 19, 2014
  6. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  7. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  8. Politico, "Service Employees International Union targets four House Republicans," accessed July 15, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Udall Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner Pre-Primary," accessed June 23, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Cory Gardner July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Baumgardner Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Owen Hill October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Owen Hill Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Jaime McMillan April Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Jaime McMillan July Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Jaime McMillan October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Jaime McMillan Year-End," accessed February 14, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013