United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2014

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United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2014
Utah
2012 ←
November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) → 2016

All 4 Utah seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 3 1
Seats won 4 0
Seat change Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 351,034 183,491
Percentage 62.02% 32.42%

The 2014 United States House of Representatives election in Utah was held on November 4, 2014 to elect the four U.S. Representatives from Utah, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 114th Congress from January 2015 until January 2017.

Overview[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Utah, 2014[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Republican 351,034 62.02% 3 4 +1
Democratic 183,491 32.42% 1 0 -1
Independent American 13,086 2.31% 0 0 -
Libertarian 6,198 1.10% 0 0 -
Constitution 5,933 1.05% 0 0 -
Independent 6,228 1.10% 0 0 -
Totals 565,970 100.00% 4 4 -

District 1[edit]

The 1st district is located in northern Utah and includes the cities of Ogden and Logan, as well as the northern half of the Great Salt Lake. The incumbent is Republican Rob Bishop, who has represented the district since 2003. He was re-elected with 72% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+27.

Republican nomination[edit]

Bishop was challenged in the Republican primary by David Yu-Lin Chiu.[2] At the Republican State Convention on April 26, 2014, Bishop received 81% of the vote to Chiu's 19%, winning the nomination without the need for a primary.[3]

Democratic nomination[edit]

Former U.S. Army Second Lieutenant, businesswoman and nominee for the seat in 2012 Donna McAleer ran again for the Democrats. Physician Peter Clemens also ran.[4] At the Democratic State Convention, also held on April 26, 2014, McAleer received 58.9% to Clemens' 40.1%, just 2 votes short of the 60% needed to avoid a primary election, with 4 delegates abstaining. On the second ballot, she received 75% to Clemens' 25% and was nominated.[5]

General election[edit]

Libertarian Craig Bowden and Independent American Dwayne A. Vance are also on the ballot.[2]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Rob
Bishop (R)
Donna
McAleer (D)
Other Undecided
Brigham Young University October 15–22, 2014 159 ± ? 49.1% 30.8% 5.4%[6] 14.9%

Results[edit]

Utah's 1st Congressional District, 2014[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rob Bishop (Incumbent) 84,231 64.78
Democratic Donna McAleer 36,422 28.01
Libertarian Craig Bowden 4,847 3.73
Independent Dwayne A Vance 4,534 3.49
Total votes 130,034 100
Republican hold

District 2[edit]

The 2nd district is located in western and southern Utah and includes largely rural parts of the state as well as the state capital Salt Lake City and the cities of St. George and Tooele. The incumbent is Republican Chris Stewart, who has represented the district since 2013. He was elected with 62% of the vote in 2012, succeeding Democrat Jim Matheson, who ran in the newly created 4th district. The district has a PVI of R+18.

Republican nomination[edit]

Stewart was challenged in the Republican primary by Zachary A. Hartman, Vaughn Hatton and attorney Larry Meyers.[2] At the Republican State Convention on April 26, 2014, Stewart received 68% of the vote, winning the nomination without the need for a primary. Meyers took 22%, Hatton took 6% and Hartman took 5%.[3]

Democratic nomination[edit]

State Senator Luz Robles is running for the Democrats.[8] At the Democratic State Convention, also held on April 26, 2014, she was nominated by acclamation.[5]

General election[edit]

Also on the ballot are Shaun McCausland of the Constitution Party, Independent American Wayne L. Hill and Independent Bill Barron. Independent Warren Rogers is running as a write-in candidate.[2]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Chris
Stewart (R)
Luz
Robles (D)
Other Undecided
Brigham Young University October 15–22, 2014 192 ± ? 43.3% 36.7% 4.2%[9] 15.8%

Results[edit]

Utah's 2nd Congressional District, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Chris Stewart (Incumbent) 88,915 60.82
Democratic Luz Robles 47,585 32.55
Constitution Shaun McCausland 4,509 3.08
Independent American Wayne L. Hill 3,328 2.28
Independent Bill Barron 1,734 1.19
Write-ins 117 0.08
Total votes 146,188 100
Republican hold

District 3[edit]

The 3rd district is located in southern and eastern Utah and includes the cities of Orem and Provo. The incumbent is Republican Jason Chaffetz, who has represented the district since 2009. He was re-elected with 77% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+28.

Republican nomination[edit]

Chaffetz was challenged in the Republican primary by Mark Hedengren and Robert J. Stevens.[2] At the Republican State Convention on April 26, 2014, Chaffetz received 87% of the vote, winning the nomination without the need for a primary. Hedengren and Stevens each took 6% of the vote.[3]

Democratic nomination[edit]

Software engineer Brian Wonnacott is running for the Democrats.[11] He had planned to run as an Independent, but changed his mind shortly before the filing deadline when he saw that no-one had filed to run as a Democrat.[12] At the Democratic State Convention, also held on April 26, 2014, he was nominated by acclamation.[5]

General election[edit]

Independent American Zack Strong defeated Abraham for his party's nomination. Independents Ben J. Mates and Stephen P. Tyron are also on the ballot. David Else, 2nd Vice-Chair and Southern Regional Coordinator of the Independent American Party is running as an Independent write-in candidate.[2]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Jason
Chaffetz (R)
Brian
Wonnacott (D)
Other Undecided
Brigham Young University October 15–22, 2014 169 ± ? 59% 24.9% 1.5%[13] 14.6%

Results[edit]

Utah's 3rd Congressional District, 2014[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jason Chaffetz (Incumbent) 102,952 72.21
Democratic Brian Wonnacott 32,059 22.48
Independent American Zack Strong 3,192 2.24
Independent Stephen P. Tryon 2,584 1.81
Independent Ben J. Mates 1,513 1.06
Write-ins 280 0.20
Total votes 142,580 100
Republican hold

District 4[edit]

The 4th district is located in northern-central Utah and includes parts of Salt Lake, Utah, Juab, and Sanpete counties. The incumbent is Democrat Jim Matheson, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 3rd district from 2001 to 2013. He was re-elected with 49% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+16.

Democratic nomination[edit]

On December 17, 2013, Matheson announced he would not seek re-election.[15] Fellow moderate Democrat Doug Owens, an attorney and son of the late Congressman Wayne Owens,[16] and engineer and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012 Bill Peterson ran for their party's nomination.[17] At the Democratic State Convention on April 26, 2014, Owens received 98% of the vote to Peterson's 2% and was nominated.[5]

Republican nomination[edit]

Republican Mia Love, the former Mayor of Saratoga Springs, who lost to Matheson by 768 votes in 2012, is running again.[18] She was challenged for the Republican nomination by businessman, former Director of Utah's Office of Business and Economic Development and candidate for the seat in 2012 Bob Fuehr.[19] Investment fund manager and Utah State Board of Education member Jennifer Johnson had been running, but withdrew from the race in April 2014.[17][20] At the Republican nominating convention, also on April 26, 2014, Love received 78% of the vote to 22% for Fuehr, and was thus nominated without the need for a primary.[3]

General election[edit]

Also on the ballot are Collin Robert Simonsen of the Constitution Party, Independent American Party Tim Aalders and Libertarian Jim L. Vein.[2]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Doug
Owens (D)
Mia
Love (R)
Other Undecided
Dan Jones/Cicero Group October 20–29, 2014 402 ± 4.89% 43% 48% 3%[21] 6%
Brigham Young University October 15–22, 2014 236 ± ? 45.8% 42.2% 4.4%[22] 6.6%
Dan Jones/Cicero Group October 7–9, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 40% 49% 3%[23] 9%
FM3* October 6–7, 2014 403 ± 4.9% 44% 47% 9%
Y2 Analytics^ October 2–4, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 28% 47% 24%
Dan Jones/Cicero Group August 7–9, 2014 443 ± 4.64% 32% 44% 5%[24] 19%
FM3* July 15–17, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 41% 50% 8%
  • * Internal poll for the Doug Owens campaign
  • ^ Internal poll for the Mia Love campaign

Results[edit]

Utah's 4th Congressional District, 2014[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mia Love 74,936 50.92
Democratic Doug Owens 67,425 45.81
Independent American Tim Aalders 2,032 1.38
Constitution Collin Robert Simonsen 1,424 0.97
Libertarian Jim L. Vein 1,351 0.92
Total votes 147,168 100

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "2014 Candidate Filings". Utah SOS. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lisa Riley Roche (April 26, 2014). "Easy wins at GOP convention for congressmen, Love". Deseret News. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Donna McAleer again running against Rep. Rob Bishop". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 4, 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lee Davidson (April 26, 2014). "Utah Democrats elect Corroon as chairman, tap Owens in 4th District". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Craig Bowden (L) 3.2%, Dwayne A. Vance (IA) 2%
  7. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/
  8. ^ Riley Roche, Lisa (5 September 2013). "State Sen. Luz Robles challenging GOP Congressman Chris Stewart". Deseret News. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Bill Barron (I) 1.4%, Wayne L. Hill (IA) 0%, Shaun McCausland (C) 2.8%
  10. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/
  11. ^ "Democrat Brian Wonnacott has "Toughest Climb Ever" for 3rd Congressional Seat". KUER 90.1. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Bryan Schott (15 July 2014). "Wonnacott Struggling to Mount Campaign Against Chaffetz". Utah Policy. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Ben J. Mates (I) 0.6%, Zack Strong (IA) 0.9%, Stephen P. Tyron (I) 0%
  14. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/
  15. ^ Livingston, Abby (December 17, 2013). "Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement". Roll Call. 
  16. ^ Bob Bernick (27 January 2014). "Another Owens Jumps into Utah Politics". Utah Policy. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "And they're off — candidates file for Utah elections". The Salt Lake Tribune. March 20, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mia Love Announces Utah Rematch". Roll Call. May 19, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "The Businessman Taking On Mia Love (Video)". Roll Call. February 20, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Republican field narrows in race for U.S. House seat". The Salt Lake Tribune. March 31, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ Tim Aalders (IA) 0%, Collin Simonsen (C) 2%, Jim Vein (L) 1%
  22. ^ Tim Aalders (IA) 0.5%, Collin Simonsen (C) 1.3%, Jim Vein (L) 3.6%
  23. ^ Tim Aalders (IA) 1%, Collin Simonsen (C) 1%, Jim Vein (L) 1%
  24. ^ Tim Aalders (IA) 1%, Collin Simonsen (C) 2%, Jim Vein (L) 2%
  25. ^ http://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/Election-Statistics/

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