United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014

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United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014
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All 4 Iowa seats to the United States House of Representatives
 
Party Democratic Republican
Last election 2 2

The 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to elect the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Iowa, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the elections of other federal and state offices, including Governor of Iowa and United States Senate. Primary elections were held on June 4, 2014. As no candidate won more than 35% of the vote in the 3rd district Republican primary, that nomination was decided at a party convention on 21 June.

District 1[edit]

Democratic Representative Bruce Braley won re-election in 2012. He will not run for re-election in 2014, as he will instead run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Tom Harkin, who is retiring.[1]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Swati
Dandekar
Anesa
Kajtazovic
Pat
Murphy
Dave
O'Brien
Monica
Vernon
Undecided
Loras College May 14–15, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 11.3% 9.3% 34.7% 3.3% 11.3% 30%
Loras College April 10–11, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 9.4% 11% 29.7% 5.7% 9% 35.3%
Myers Research^ February 11–13, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 13% 11% 36% 8% 17% 15%
  • ^ Internal poll for Pat Murphy campaign

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Murphy 10,189 36.7%
Democratic Monica Vernon 6,559 23.6%
Democratic Swati Dandekar 5,076 18.3%
Democratic Anesa Kajtazovic 4,067 14.7%
Democratic Dave O'Brien 1,846 6.7%
Democratic Write-ins 18 0.0%
Totals 27,755 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • Rod Blum, businessman and candidate in 2012[22]
  • Gail Boliver, attorney[23]
  • Steve Rathje, businessman[24]
Withdrew[edit]
Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Rod
Blum
Gail
Boliver
Steve
Rathje
Undecided
Loras College May 15, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 31.4% 2.4% 15.6% 50.7%
Loras College April 8–9, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 17% 1.7% 12% 69.3%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rod Blum 16,886 54.9%
Republican Steve Rathje 11,420 37.1%
Republican Gail Boliver 2,413 7.9%
Republican Write-ins 42 0.1%
Totals 30,761 100%
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District 2[edit]

Democratic Representative David Loebsack has represented Iowa's 2nd district since 2007. He was elected to a fourth term in 2012 against Republican John Archer with 56% of the vote.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Loebsack 17,154 99.3%
Democratic Write-ins 117 0.7%
Totals 17,371 100%

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
  • Mark Lofgren, State Representative[36]
  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks, ophthamalogist, former Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health and nominee for the seat in 2008 and 2010[37]
  • Matthew C. Waldren[38]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mark
Lofgren
Mariannette
Miller-Meeks
Matthew C.
Waldren
Undecided
Loras College May 13–14, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 12.3% 35.6% 52%
Loras College April 9–10, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 11.3% 17.3% 1.4% 70%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 15,043 49.4%
Republican Mark S. Lofgren 11,634 38.2%
Republican Matthew C. Waldren 3,746 12.3%
Republican Write-ins 52 0.1%
Totals 30,475 100%
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District 3[edit]

Prior to the 2012 elections, Republican Representative Tom Latham and Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell were redistricted into the same district. Though Barack Obama carried the district in the 2012 presidential election, Latham defeated Boswell. Latham is retiring in 2014.[39]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Robert
Cramer
Joe
Grandanette
Matt
Schultz
Monte
Shaw
David
Young
Brad
Zaun
Undecided
Loras College May 14, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 8.3% 2% 7.6% 5.3% 8% 17.4% 51.3%
Loras College April 8–10, 2014 300 ± 5.65% 7% 1.7% 8% 4.7% 2.7% 17% 59%

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brad Zaun 10,522 24.7%
Republican Robert Cramer 9,032 21.2%
Republican Matt Schultz 8,464 19.9%
Republican Monte Shaw 7,220 17.0%
Republican David Young 6,604 15.5%
Republican Joe Grandanette 661 1.6%
Republican Write-ins 42 0.1%
Totals 42,545 100%

Runoff[edit]

The Republican nomination was decided by a convention after none of the six candidates reached the 35 percent threshold required to make the general election ballot. This was be the second time in 50 years that a convention picked a nominee and the first time since 2002, when then-State Senator Steve King won a convention held in Iowa's 5th congressional district to decide the Republican nominee for Congress.[65] A poll conducted by the conservative website Caffeinated Thoughts of 118 of the 513 delegates was held on June 9–10. David Young and Brad Zaun took 27% each, with Robert Cramer on 19%, Monte Shaw on 14%, Matt Schultz on 8% and Joe Grandanette on 3% with another 3% undecided. 34% chose Young as their second choice, with 17% choosing Cramer, Schultz or Zaun, 10% picking Shaw and 3% picking Grandanette with 8% undecided.[66]

On June 21, in what was described as a "stunning upset", David Young won the nomination on the fifth ballot of the convention.[67]

Iowa Republican Convention, 2014[68]
Candidate Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5
David Young 86 (16.8%) 81 (15.8%) 102 (19.9%) 171 (33.3%) 276 (53.8%)
Brad Zaun 130 (25.3%) 157 (30.6%) 188 (36.6%) 206 (40.2%) 221 (43.1%)
Monte Shaw 118 (23%) 122 (23.8%) 126 (24.6%) 120 (23.4%)
Matt Schultz 95 (18.5%) 88 (17.2%) 85 (16.6%)
Robert Cramer 75 (14.6%) 60 (11.7%)
Joe Grandanette 7 (1.4%) 2 (0.4%)
Exhausted ballots 2 (0.4%) 3 (0.6%) 12 (2.3%) 16 (3.1%) 16 (3.1%)
Total 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%) 513 (100%)

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]
Withdrew[edit]
  • Gabriel De La Cerda, former tire factory worker[70]
  • Michael Sherzan, businessman[71][72]
Declined[edit]

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Staci Appel 9,233 99.2%
Democratic Write-ins 75 0.8%
Totals 9,308 100%
External links

District 4[edit]

Republican Representative Steve King won re-election in the 4th district in 2012, after serving in the now defunct Iowa's 5th congressional district.

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Steve King was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve King 43,098 99.1%
Republican Write-ins 382 0.9%
Totals 43,480 100%

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Jim Mowrer, a veteran and a former special assistant to the United States Under Secretary of the Army, sought the Democratic nomination to challenge King.[82] Christie Vilsack, the Democratic nominee against King in 2012, had considered running again, but took a job with the United States Agency for International Development as the Senior Advisor on International Education instead.[83]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Mowrer 9,900 99.6%
Democratic Write-ins 42 0.4%
Totals 9,895 100%
External links

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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