United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, 2014

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United States House of Representatives election in Alaska, At-large district, 2014

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Nominee Don Young Forrest Dunbar Jim McDermott
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Popular vote 142,572 114,602 21,290
Percentage 50.97% 40.97% 7.61%

Representative At-large before election

Don Young
Republican

Elected Representative At-large

Don Young
Republican

The 2014 United States House of Representatives election in Alaska was held on November 4, 2014, to elect the U.S. Representative from Alaska's at-large congressional district, who will represent the state of Alaska in the 114th United States Congress. The election coincided with the elections of a Class II U.S. Senator and the Governor of Alaska, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Don Young ran for re-election to a twenty-second term in office. He won the Republican primary and then defeated Democratic attorney Forrest Dunbar and Libertarian business professor Jim McDermott in the general election. Young was the only statewide official in Alaska who was re-elected in 2014, as Republican Governor Sean Parnell and Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich were both defeated by their respective challengers.[1]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • John Cox, retired naval officer and candidate for the seat in 2010 and 2012[2]
  • David Dohner, write-in candidate for the seat in 2012[2]
  • David Seaward, former Mayor of Seward[3]
  • Don Young, incumbent U.S. Representative[4]

Primary results[edit]

Republican primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Young 79,393 74.29
Republican John Cox 14,497 13.57
Republican David Seaward 7,604 7.12
Republican David Dohner 5,373 5.03
Total votes 106,867 100

Democratic-Libertarian-Independence primary[edit]

Candidates from the Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party and Alaskan Independence Party appear on the same ballot, with the highest-placed candidate from each party receiving that party's nomination.

Democratic candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Forrest Dunbar, attorney[6]
  • Frank Vondersaar, attorney, engineer and perennial candidate[2]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Matt Moore, businessman and candidate for the seat in 2012[2][7]

Declined[edit]

Libertarian candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

  • Jim McDermott, business professor and nominee for the seat in 2012[9]

Primary results[edit]

Democratic-Libertarian-Independence primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Forrest Dunbar 38,735 63.19
Libertarian Jim McDermott 13,437 21.92
Democratic Frank Vondersaar 9,132 14.90
Total votes 61,304 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Don
Young (R)
Forrest
Dunbar (D)
Jim
McDermott (L)
Undecided
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 1,052 ± 3% 47% 41% 6% 6%
Moore Information October 24–26, 2014 544 ± ?% 44% 43% 10% 4%
Hellenthal & Associates October 15–21, 2014 403 ± 4.88% 51.9% 35.2% 6.1% 6.8%
Public Policy Polling September 18–21, 2014 880 ± 3.3% 48% 33% 9% 11%

Results[edit]

Alaska's At-large Congressional district election, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Don Young (inc.) 142,572 50.97
Democratic Forrest Dunbar 114,602 40.97
Libertarian Jim McDermott 21,290 7.61
Write-ins Others 1,277 0.46
Majority 27,970 10%
Total votes 279,741 100
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ostermeier, Eric (November 19, 2014). "Mark Begich and Sean Parnell Join Small Group in Defeat". Smart Politics. 
  2. ^ a b c d "2014 Primary Official Candidate List". Alaska Secretary of State. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Guess who's running for higher office?". Seward City News. May 24, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Don Young to File for Re-Election #AKAL". Roll Call. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "2014 Primary Elections August 19, 2014 Official Results". State of Alaska Division of Elections. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "From paperboy to Alaska congressional candidate". Alaska Dispatch. March 9, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Moore brings in $23K in 4Q, including loan". Anchorage Daily News. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Less is more as former Senate candidate Scott McAdams sheds 100 pounds". Alaska Dispatch. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Libertarian Jim McDermott for Congress in Alaska polling at 12%". Libertarian Party. February 5, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2014 General Election November 4, 2014 Official Results". elections.alaska.gov. November 11, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites