The Green Papers: Iowa 2015 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:3,053,787 (0.99% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:6(1.12% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:4(0.92% of 435)
Capital:Des Moines
 

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Iowa State and Local Government

Iowa 2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats   Republicans


Under State law, a candidate in a Primary must receive at least 35% of the vote in that Primary to win a Party's nomination. If no candidate receives 35% in the Primary, the nominee is chosen by the State Convention of the Party.

Voters must be registered voters of either the Democratic or Republican Party to participate in the primary election. Voters can change their party affiliation anytime before election day or at their polling place on election day.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 114th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 2 Republican Senator Joni K. Ernst
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 Candidate list
  Candidate Republican     Senator Joni K. Ernst
FEC S4IA00129

Class 3 Republican Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
First elected: 1980; re-elected: 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010.
[also served in U.S. House- elected: 1974, 1976, 1978]
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list
  Candidate Democratic     former state Senator Thomas L. "Tom" Fiegen
FEC S0IA00119
  Candidate Democratic     state Senator Robert M. "Rob" Hogg
FEC S6IA00124; 30 Sep 15; Tot $73,299; Dsb $14,727
  Candidate Democratic     Robert Allen "Bob" Krause
2 January 2014: Announced his candidacy

FEC S0IA00101; 30 Sep 15; Tot $0; Dsb $0
  Candidate Democratic     Ray Zirkelbach
FEC S6IA00132
  Candidate Republican     Senator Charles E. "Chuck" Grassley
FEC S0IA00028; 30 Sep 15; Tot $2,661,853; Dsb $572,319

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: None, All Governors

  Republican Governor Terry E. Branstad
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Kimberly K. "Kim" Reynolds
First elected: 2010; re-elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

114th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2016, 2018. No Term Limit. 114th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
3 Republican (3 Undetermined);
1 Democratic (1 Undetermined)

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 1 Republican Congressman Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Gary Kroeger
FEC H6IA01163
  Candidate Democratic     former state Representative Patrick Joseph "Pat" Murphy
FEC H4IA01069; 30 Sep 15; Tot $103,408; Dsb $18,091
    Democratic     Ravi B. Patel - apparently not a candidate
24 June 2015: Withdrew. "... running for Congress was a great chance to tell my story ... But ... doing so would ensure a tough battle ... Such a battle would not be good for the district, for the party, or for the nominee ..."

FEC H6IA01155; 30 Sep 15; Tot $820,983; Dsb $726,983
  Candidate Democratic     Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica W. Vernon
FEC H4IA01077; 30 Sep 15; Tot $754,324; Dsb $189,990
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Rodney Leland "Rod" Blum
FEC H2IA01055; 30 Sep 15; Tot $951,485; Dsb $57,165
  Candidate Independent     Jack Melton

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 2 Democratic Congressman David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
First elected: 2006
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman David Wayne "Dave" Loebsack
FEC H6IA02146; 30 Sep 15; Tot $572,602; Dsb $200,819
  Candidate Republican     state Senator Eric Mark "Mark" Chelgren
FEC H6IA02153

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 3 Republican Congressman David Young
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Desmund Douglas Adams
FEC H6IA03235; 30 Sep 15; Tot $23,946; Dsb $17,760
  Candidate Democratic     Jim Mowrer
FEC H4IA04113; 30 Sep 15; Tot $191,034; Dsb $22,751
  Candidate Republican     Robert James Cramer
FEC H4IA03099; 30 Sep 15; Tot $1,110; Dsb $1,350
  Candidate Republican     Congressman David Young
FEC H4IA03115; 30 Sep 15; Tot $812,562; Dsb $162,587

Incumbent - 114th Congress
CD 4 Republican Congressman Steven A. "Steve" King
First elected: 2002
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2016
 Candidate list - 115th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Kimberly "Kim" Weaver
FEC H6IA04134; 30 Sep 15; Tot $19,704; Dsb $5,120
  Candidate Republican     Congressman Steven A. "Steve" King
FEC H2IA05072; 30 Sep 15; Tot $264,909; Dsb $272,979
  Candidate Republican     Paul Lunde
FEC H8IA04015

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of State Paul D. Pate
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller
First elected: 1978; re-elected: 1982, 1986; elected again: 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Democratic Treasurer Michael L. "Mike" Fitzgerald
First elected: 1982; re-elected: 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Auditor Mary Mosiman
Appointed: 13 May 2013 re: resignation of Auditor David A. "Dave" Vaudt. First elected: 2014.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018

Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

  Republican Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Bill Northey
First elected: 2006; re-elected: 2010, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 11 candidates
  Republican: 10 incumbents, 8 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates)
  Libertarian
Other Third Parties
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 1 candidate
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

"Apparently not a candidate" indicates that someone we once listed as a candidate for an elective office will not, in fact, be running for that office (primarily because said candidate is not listed on an official ballot provided by a jurisdiction's election authorities, where that candidate has not previously withdrawn his/her candidacy or otherwise indicated no longer [or even ever] being a candidate for that office).

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


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