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Connecticut 5th: Andrew Roraback (R) vs. Elizabeth Esty (D)
Currently, all of Connecticut's five Congressional Districts are represented by Democrats, but Republicans look to break that hold in this year's race to fill Democrat Christopher Murphy's seat as he makes a bid for Senator Lieberman's open Senate seat. As of September Esty has raised more than three times the amount of her opponent, but many are still saying this race is too close to call as the moderate Republican continues to make waves.
Andrew Roraback campaign site
Responding to DACA he stated: "I am disappointed that the president has chosen to use his executive power on an issue that would better be decided by elected members of congress," he said. "We have three branches of government, and for the president to act unilaterally is an incursion on the separation of powers."
Elizabeth Etsy campaign site
Responding to DACA she stated: "I commend the president's decision. There's no reason we should be punishing young people who have done nothing wrong and who are here through no fault of their own," Elizabeth Esty said in an emailed statement. "While today's decision is an important first step, we still have a long way to go to fix a broken immigration system. We need a comprehensive approach that includes securing our borders, creating smarter, more effective, and humane verification systems that hold employers accountable, and keeping families together by creating a pathway to earned citizenship."
Iowa 3rd: Leonard Boswell (D) vs. Tom Latham (R)
This really may be the toss-up race of the toss-up races. Both candidates are current veteran Congressional Representatives who were forced into this race when the state of Iowa lost a congressional seat after the 2010 census. To make things more complicated the new district is made up of a nearly equal number of Republican, Democratic and independent voters.
Leonard Boswell campaign site
Tom Latham campaign site
From his Congressional site: "People who knowingly present falsified information, and employers who look the other way, are doing an incredible disservice to their communities, to the State of Iowa, and to our great nation. When their failures come to light, we all suffer.
The stark reality is that years of neglect and enforcement of our immigration laws have created a broken system of which there is no easy fix. It must take an effort by both parties, Republicans and Democrats, to drop the bickering and grand standing and work together to achieve a common-sense plan to fix the issue of immigration. For the sake of everyone involved, I pledge to vote for sensible immigration reform, brought to Congress in a bi-partisan fashion, where people from both parties are working together for America's common good. That's the Iowa way. That's Iowa common sense."
Florida 22nd: Adam Hasner (R) vs. Lois Frankel (D)
This seat has gotten quite a bit of national attention as both candidates vie for this open seat in Congress after current Rep. Allen West chose to run in a neighboring county after this district was given a slightly Democratic edge with redistricting. Both candidates have experience in state and local politics as Adam Hasner is a former majority leader in the state's House of Representatives and Frankel is the former West Palm Beach mayor and former Florida House minority party leader. Watch the candidates answer the same question on immigration in a candidate's forum.
Adam Hasner campaign site
Lois Frankel campaign site
Nevada 4th: Danny Tarkanian (R) vs. Steven Horsford (D)
This district, while most likely delivering a strong win for Barack Obama as they did in 2008, is still neck and neck for their open Congressional seat. Nevada's 4th district was created thanks to Nevada's rapid population growth in the last ten years. According to an 8NewsNow/Las Vegas Review-Journal poll Republican Danny Tarkanian is leading by three points, within the margin of error of the poll.
Danny Tarkanian campaign site
From his campaign site: "The federal government's sole responsibility is to protect the citizens of The United States. In continuing to allow the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S. we are eroding not only our economy and our infrastructure, but the rule of law. Without the rule of law we have no ability to protect our citizens whatsoever.
It is our nation's greatest imperative that we secure our border immediately and forever. It is equally important that if we are to fund the educations of disadvantaged citizens, that we begin with our own citizens. As our economic struggles continue, it is our own citizens in urban and rural areas alike who most deserve access to our nation's resources.
Perhaps the most sensible argument against illegal immigration is an economic one, but the most patriotic argument can be found in our nation's laws and in the very protections that we are duty bound to defend in the name of freedom and liberty."
Steven Horsford campaign site
From a news article: "Horsford said he supported Obama's executive action in June to end deportations of immigrants brought to the United States as children by their families without documentation. The president said he acted because Congress hasn't passed the DREAM Act, which would give young immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship if they attend college or join the U.S. military. Horsford said he supports the DREAM Act, which Tarkanian opposes…Horsford said he backs comprehensive immigration reform, which would include the DREAM Act and cutting red tape so it's not as difficult for immigrants to legally apply to work and live here. More than 11 million illegal immigrants are thought to be living in the United States. We are a nation of immigrants, and we have to live up to that standard now," Horsford said during a wide-ranging 24-minute speech to the group that was interrupted by applause several times."
Washington 1st: John Koster (R) vs. Suzan DelBene (D)
This is Washington state's closest election by far, and technically it's a special election to fill the seat after the sitting Democratic Representative vacated the seat to run for Governor. Washington has an open primary (meaning that the top two vote getters regardless of party advance to the general election) and John Koster was the only Republican on the ballot while six Democrats battled ended up mainly battling each other. Although Koster ran away with the Primary with 44% of the vote, without six other Democrats in the field DelBene has a much better chance. This district supported both President Obama and a Republican Senator in 2008 and 2010.
John Koster campaign site
From his campaign site: "We are a nation of immigrants. The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration. The debate is also a matter of national security. We must secure our borders. We are a nation of laws; therefore, we first need to enforce our existing immigration laws. I will oppose efforts to provide amnesty for illegal aliens.
Second, we need to revamp and reinstitute our "guest worker program" that offers temporary visas for those wishing to come from other countries to work as seasonal workers. Washington's farmers have a need for seasonal agriculture workers. However, any guest worker program should never provide a fraudulent cover for those seeking to flout our immigration laws."
Suzan DelBene campaign site
From a candidate questionnaire: "I support comprehensive immigration reform. Reform should include an earned path to citizenship for those who are here & working. I'm not supportive of e-verify & don't think it's good for our farmers or workers. I support helping students get an opportunity to college, which is why I support the DREAM Act. Comprehensive reform has to be more than an enforcement-only policy & we must treat immigrants & their families with respect & dignity, not as second-class citizens."