2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska

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

All 3 Nebraska seats to the United States House of Representatives
 Majority partyMinority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election30
Seats won21
Seat changeDecrease2.svg 1Increase2.svg 1
Popular vote340,816185,234
Percentage63.64%34.59%
SwingDecrease2.svg0.60%Decrease2.svg1.16%

2014 U.S. House elections in Nebraska.svg

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Nebraska were held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 to elect 3 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Nebraska, one from each of the state's three congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including the Governor of Nebraska and a United States Senator. Primary elections to determine candidates in the general election were held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The Members elected at this election will serve in the 114th Congress.

Contents

Overview

Results of the 2014 United States House of Representatives elections in Nebraska by district: [1]

District Republican Democratic OthersTotalResult
Votes%Votes%Votes%Votes%
District 1 123,21968.82%55,83831.18%00.00%179,057100%Republican Hold
District 2 78,15745.57%83,87248.90%9,4805.53%171,509100%Democratic Gain
District 3 139,44075.39%45,52424.61%00.00%184,964100%Republican Hold
Total340,81663.64%185,23434.59%9,4801.77%535,530100%

District 1

The 1st district encompasses most of the eastern quarter of the state and almost completely envelops the 2nd district. It includes the state capital, Lincoln, as well as the cities of Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk, Beatrice and South Sioux City. The incumbent is Republican Jeff Fortenberry, who has represented the district since 2005. He was re-elected with 68% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+10.

Fortenberry considered running for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns, but ultimately announced that he would not do so and would instead seek re-election. [2]

He faced Dennis L. Parker and Jessica L. Turek in the Republican primary. [3]

Dennis Crawford, a Lincoln attorney and 2nd Associate Chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. [4]

Primary results

Republican primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jeff Fortenberry (incumbent) 63,448 86.0
Republican Jessica L. Turek5,8928.0
Republican Dennis L. Parker4,3906.0
Total votes73,730 100.0
Democratic primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dennis P. Crawford 24,031 100.0

General election

Results

Nebraska's 1st congressional district, 2014 [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jeff Fortenberry (incumbent) 123,219 68.8
Democratic Dennis Crawford55,83831.2
Total votes179,057 100.0
Republican hold

District 2

The 2nd district is based in the Omaha–Council Bluffs metropolitan area and includes all of Douglas County and the urbanized areas of Sarpy County. The incumbent was Republican Lee Terry, who had represented the district since 1999. He was re-elected in 2012 with 51% of the vote in the district that has a PVI of R+4.

Republican primary

Terry faced a competitive primary challenge from businessman Dan Frei, who ran to his right. Despite outspending Frei by around 20-to-1, Terry only won the primary by 2,686 votes, or just under 6%. After his defeat, Frei refused to endorse Terry and he and his supporters openly floated the idea of running an Independent or write-in campaign against Terry in the general election. Frei himself was ineligible to do so, having lost the primary election, but former state senator Chip Maxwell was mentioned as a possible candidate. [7]

On May 21, 2014, Maxwell announced that he would run as an Independent. A former Republican state senator, his party registration is presently nonpartisan. He has said that if he wins, he will rejoin the Republican Party and serve as a Republican in the House. [8] He dismissed as "hysterical" the idea that his candidacy could be a "spoiler" that conservatives are using to defeat Terry by "any means necessary", whether by Maxwell winning or by him and Terry splitting the Republican vote, thus allowing Democratic nominee Brad Ashford to win, meaning that there would be an open Republican primary for the seat in 2016. [9]

Despite collecting enough signatures to make the ballot, Maxwell withdrew from the race on July 24, saying that he had been "begged" by "high-profile" Republicans not to run and didn't want to create a "permanent rift" in the district's Republican Party. He did however say that he plans to run against Terry in the Republican primary in 2016 and noted that "I think this thing's a toss-up, even with me out of it." [10]

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lee
Terry
Dan
Frei
Undecided
Frie Internal Poll April 7–8, 201459947%36%17%

Results

Republican primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Lee Terry (incumbent) 25,025 52.8
Republican Dan Frei22,33947.2
Total votes47,364 100.0

Democratic primary

After controversial comments made by Terry in October 2013, Omaha City Council President Pete Festersen, a Democrat, decided to run against Terry. [15] However, Festersen announced on December 9, 2013, that he was ending his campaign because of the difficulty in balancing the campaign with his family and city council responsibilities. [16] Democratic state senator Brad Ashford announced his candidacy in February 2014.

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Results

Democratic primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Brad Ashford 16,233 81.3
Democratic Mark Aupperle3,73918.7
Total votes19,972 100.0

Libertarian primary

Candidates

  • Steven Laird, Republican candidate for the seat in 1998, 2006 and 2008 [3]
  • Andy Shambaugh [3]

Results

Libertarian primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Libertarian Steven Laird 76 60.3
Libertarian Andy Shambaugh5039.7
Total votes126 100.0

Independents

Candidates

Withdrew

General election

Polling

Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lee
Terry (R)
Brad
Ashford (D)
Steven
Laird (L)
Undecided
NFM Research October 21–25, 2014365± 5.1%41%46%6%7%
DCCC (D) August 14, 2014432± 4.7%45%46%9%
Global Strategy Group (D-Ashford) May 29 – June 1, 2014400± 4.9%41%41%4%14%
Hypothetical polling
Poll sourceDate(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Lee
Terry (R)
Pete
Festersen (D)
Undecided
DCCC October 2013523± 4.3%42%44%14%

Results

Nebraska's 2nd congressional district, 2014 [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Brad Ashford 83,872 48.9
Republican Lee Terry (incumbent)78,15745.6
Libertarian Steven Laird9,0215.2
Write-in 4590.3
Total votes171,509 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

District 3

The 3rd district encompasses the western three-fourths of the state; it is one of the largest non-at-large Congressional districts in the country, covering nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones and 68.5 counties. It is mostly sparsely populated but includes the cities of Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte and Scottsbluff. The incumbent is Republican Adrian Smith, who has represented the district since 2007. He was re-elected with 74% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+23.

Smith considered running for the United States Senate in 2014, [23] but declined to do so and is running for re-election. [24]

Smith was opposed in the Republican primary by retired Colonel Tom Brewer. [25] 2012 Democratic nominee Mark Sullivan ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. [26]

Primary results

Republican primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Adrian Smith (incumbent) 66,881 68.2
Republican Tom Brewer31,21531.8
Total votes98,096 100.0
Democratic primary results [5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Mark Sullivan 19,910 100.0

General election

Results

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district, 2014 [6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Adrian Smith (incumbent) 139,440 75.4
Democratic Mark Sullivan45,52424.6
Total votes184,964 100.0
Republican hold

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