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
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 2 2
Seats won 3 1
Seat change Increase1 Decrease1
Popular vote 595,865 509,189
Percentage 53.19% 45.45%

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.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2014[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 595,865 53.19% 2 3 +1
Democratic 509,189 45.45% 2 1 -1
Libertarian 9,054 0.81% 0 0 -
Independents 4,360 0.39% 0 0
Write-ins 1866 0.17% 0 0
Totals 1,120,334 100.00% 4 4 -

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.[2]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Declined

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[22]
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
Total votes 27,755 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

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[22]
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
Total votes 30,761 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Pat
Murphy (D)
Rod
Blum (R)
Other Undecided
Loras College October 21–24, 2014 282 ± 5.85% 42.1% 43.6% 2.1% 12.1%
The Polling Company* October 1–2, 2014 300 ± ? 39% 40% 21%
Loras College September 2–5, 2014 300 ± 5.6% 34.6% 33% 32.3%
The Polling Company* August 11–12, 2014 401 ± 4.9% 40% 35% 24%
Myers Research^ July 31–August 4, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 51% 40% 8%
  • * Internal poll for the Rod Blum campaign
  • ^ Internal poll for the Pat Murphy campaign
External links

Results[edit]

Iowa's 1st Congressional District, 2014[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pat Murphy 141,145 48.8
Republican Rod Blum 147,762 51.1
Write-ins 399 0.1
Total votes 289,306 100
Republican gain from Democratic

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

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic David Loebsack 17,154 99.3
Democratic Write-ins 117 0.7
Total votes 17,371 100

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
  • Mark Lofgren, State Representative[38]
  • Mariannette Miller-Meeks, ophthamalogist, former Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health and nominee for the seat in 2008 and 2010[39]
  • Matthew C. Waldren[40]

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[22]
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
Total votes 30,475 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Dave
Loebsack (D)
Mariannette
Miller-Meeks (R)
Other Undecided
Loras College October 21–24, 2014 279 ± 5.85% 51.3% 37.9% 0.7% 10.1%
Loras College September 2–5, 2014 300 ± 5.6% 48.7% 32.1% 19.4%
The Tarrance Group^ August 3–5, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 45% 42% 13%
  • ^ Internal poll for Mariannette Miller-Meeks campaign
External links

Results[edit]

Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, 2014[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dave Loebsack (Incumbent) 143,431 52.5
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks 129,455 47.4
Write-ins 443 0.2
Total votes 273,329 100
Democratic hold

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.[41]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Declined

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[22]
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
Total votes 42,545 100

Convention[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 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.[66] 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.[67]

On June 21, in what was described as a "stunning upset", David Young won the nomination on the fifth ballot of the convention.[68]

On July 4, Zaun voiced his disappointment and suggested he would leave the Republican Party, leading some to encourage him to run for the seat as an Independent. He had previously announced that he would introduce legislation to hold primary runoff elections instead of conventions.[69] On July 10, Zaun announced that despite his frustrations, he would not leave the Republican Party or run as an Independent.[70]

Iowa Republican Convention, 2014[71]
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
Withdrew
  • Gabriel De La Cerda, former tire factory worker[73]
  • Michael Sherzan, businessman[74][75]
Declined

Endorsements[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Staci Appel 9,233 99.2
Democratic Write-ins 75 0.8
Total votes 9,308 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Young (R)
Staci
Appel (D)
Other Undecided
Loras College October 21–24, 2014 280 ± 5.85% 45.7% 43.6% 0.4% 10.4%
Remington Research October 11–13, 2014 663 ± 3.8% 46% 42% 5%[85] 7%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner October 1–2, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 42% 49% 9%
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner September 15–17, 2014 400 ± 5% 44% 47% 9%
Loras College September 2–5, 2014 300 ± 5.6% 34.3% 40.3% 25.4%
External links

Results[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, 2014[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Staci Appel 119,109 42.2
Republican David Young 148,814 52.8
Libertarian Edward Wright 9,054 3.2
No party preference Bryan Jack Holder 4,360 1.5
Write-ins 729 0.3
Total votes 282,066 100
Republican hold

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]

Declared

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Steve King 43,098 99.1
Republican Write-ins 382 0.9
Total votes 43,480 100

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared
Declined

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Mowrer 9,900 99.6
Democratic Write-ins 42 0.4
Total votes 9,942 100

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Steve
King (R)
Jim
Mowrer (D)
Other Undecided
Loras College October 21–24, 2014 280 ± 5.85% 50.7% 38.6% 0% 10.7%
The Polling Company* October 1–2, 2014 407 ± 4.9% 51% 38% 11%
DFM Research September 20–23, 2014 450 ± 4.6% 46% 43% 11%
Loras College September 2–5, 2014 300 ± 5.6% 47.3% 36% 16.7%
  • * Internal poll for the Steve King campaign
External links

Results[edit]

Iowa's 4th Congressional District, 2014[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Mowrer 105,504 38.3
Republican Steve King (Incumbent) 169,834 61.6
Write-ins 295 0.1
Total votes 275,633 100
Republican hold

See also[edit]

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