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Washington's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
Suzan DelBene.png

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Washington U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 16, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Washington is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system. All candidates may run and all voters may vote for any candidate. The two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either July 7, 2014, by mail or online, or July 28, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[6]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Suzan DelBene (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Washington's 1st Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties and part of King county.[7]


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August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

Campaign contributions

Suzan DelBene

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DelBene's reports.[13]

Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$6,219.01$249,159.77$(60,704.18)$194,674.60
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$194,674.60$278,022.76$(91,313.28)$381,384.08
October Quarterly[16]October 14, 2013$381,384.08$232,237.94$(81,991.07)$531,630.95
Year-end[17]January 31, 2014$531,630$209,691$(66,581)$674,740
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$674,740.95$297,640.15$(78,291.07)$894,090.03
Running totals

Race background

Frontline Program

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[19]

Young Guns Program

Challenger Pedro Celis (R) was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program. The program was designed to help candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in targeted races.[20]

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Suzan DelBene (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated John Koster in the general election.

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene 53.9% 177,025
     Republican John Koster 46.1% 151,187
Total Votes 328,212
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jay Inslee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James Watkins (R) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay Inslee incumbent 57.7% 172,642
     Republican James Watkins 42.3% 126,737
Total Votes 299,379

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014," accessed August 4, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 4, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Washington Secretary of State Office, "Elections & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Washington Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  8. Associated Press, "Washington - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 5, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 19, 2014
  10. Seattle Times, "Fellow Microsoft alum to run against DelBene for Congress," accessed March 1, 2014
  11., "August 5, 2014 Primary Results," accessed September 10, 2014
  12. Herald Net, "Two Republicans emerge to challenge DelBene," accessed March 1, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "DelBene 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  19. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "House Republicans show California love with latest ‘Young Guns,’" June 10, 2014
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013