2014 elections review: Few competitive congressional primaries in Vermont and Arizona

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August 27, 2014

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

In a largely uneventful primary night, a few races remain too close to call as of Wednesday morning. In Vermont's At-Large Republican primary, there are still outstanding votes to be counted and no winner has yet been declared. In Arizona's 1st Congressional District, a Ballotpedia battleground district, the Republican primary remains tight this morning and has not been called. In Florida, only seven of the state's incumbents faced any primary challenge yesterday, while the other 20 automatically advanced to the general election.[1]

U.S. Senate

See also: United States Senate elections, 2014

Oklahoma runoff

Oklahoma
See also: United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Oklahoma State Senator Constance Johnson and Jim Rogers were the highest vote recipients in the June 24 Democratic primary. Yesterday, they faced off in the runoff primary, and Johnson emerged as the winner.[2][3] Johnson will face Rep. James Lankford (R) and Independent candidate Mark Beard in the general election.

U.S. House

See also: United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

Arizona

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Arizona, 2014
Arizona

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds five of the nine congressional seats from Arizona. Arizona is home to three battleground districts in 2014: District 1, District 2 and District 9. All three of these districts are currently held by Democratic incumbents.

Members of the U.S. House from Arizona -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 4 Pending
Total 9 9

District 1

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See also: Arizona's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick won the Democratic nomination with no opposition. The Republican primary was too close to call as of Wednesday morning, as candidates Andy Tobin and Gary Kiehne were separated by under one percent of the vote. Arizona's 1st Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

District 2

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See also: Arizona's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ron Barber (D) advanced through the primary with no opposition. On the other side of the aisle, Martha McSally defeated Shelley Kais and Chuck Wooten to secure the Republican nomination.[4] Barber and McSally will face off in a rematch of the last general election. Barber defeated McSally by under one percent in 2012.[5] Arizona's 2nd Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

District 3

See also: Arizona's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Raul Grijalva (D) and challenger Gabriela Saucedo Mercer (R) advanced through their respective primaries unopposed. They will face off in November.[4]

District 4

See also: Arizona's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Paul Gosar (D) and challenger Mikel Weisser (D) advanced through their respective primaries unopposed. They will face off in November.[4]

District 5

See also: Arizona's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Matt Salmon (R) and challenger James Woods (D) advanced through their respective primaries unopposed. They will face off in November.[4]

District 6

See also: Arizona's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent David Schweikert (R) and challenger John Williamson (R) advanced through their respective primaries unopposed. They will face off in November.[4]

District 7

See also: Arizona's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ruben Gallego defeated Randy Camacho, Mary Rose Wilcox and Jarrett Maupin in the Democratic primary. Gallego will face Libertarian Party candidate Joe Cobb in the general election.[4]

District 8

See also: Arizona's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Trent Franks defeated Clair Van Steenwyk in the Republican primary. Franks will face no opposition in the November general election.[4]

District 9

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See also: Arizona's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Kyrsten Sinema ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. On the other side of the aisle, Wendy Rogers defeated Andrew Walter for the Republican nomination.[4] Arizona's 9th Congressional District is a battleground in 2014.

Florida

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014
Florida

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 17 of the 27 congressional seats from Florida. Florida is home to two battleground districts in 2014: District 18 and District 26. Both of these districts are currently held by Democratic incumbents.

Members of the U.S. House from Florida -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 10 10
     Republican Party 17 17
Total 27 27

District 1

See also: Florida's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Jeff Miller has represented the district since 2001. He held off a primary challenge from John Krause to win the nomination. Retired Army officer James Bryan (D), who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, is challenging Miller for a fourth time in the general election in 2014.

District 2

See also: Florida's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014
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Incumbent Steve Southerland II ran unopposed on the Republican ticket, while Gwen Graham, the daughter of former Florida Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Southerland can expect a major challenge in 2014, as House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, listed him as one of their top 10 targets.[6] Also, Democrats have an advantage in this district with a 21 percent registration edge over the Republicans.[7]


District 3

See also: Florida's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ted Yoho was first elected in 2012, and is backed by FreedomWorks in his re-election bid in 2014.[8]

Yoho defeated challenger Jake Rush in the Republican primary and will face Democratic nominee Marihelen Wheeler in the general election.[1]

District 4

See also: Florida's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ander Crenshaw (R) was first elected in 2000. He is seeking his eighth term in 2014.

He held off a primary challenge from James Ryman Shoaf. Independent candidates Gary Koniz, Paula Moser-Bartlett and Deborah Katz Pueschel are running in the general election. This will be Koniz's third time challenging Crenshaw and Pueschel's fourth attempt.

District 5

See also: Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Corrine Brown (D) was first elected in 1992. She is seeking her twelfth term in 2014. She faced no primary challenger, but will face Republican nominee Gloreatha Scurry-Smith in the general election.[1]

On July 10, 2014, a Florida judge threw out the 2012 congressional redistricting map. In the ruling he found that Republicans "conspired to manipulate the boundaries to protect the party's majority in Washington and 'made a mockery' of the rules of transparency in the process".[9][10] He specifically ordered that two districts--Florida's 5th Congressional District and Florida's 10th Congressional District-- should be redrawn.[9]

Legislators worked in a special week-long session to alter the two affected districts. In redrawing the map, seven other districts were slightly altered as well.[11]

District 6

See also: Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ron DeSantis (R), who was first elected in 2012, is seeking a second term in 2014. FreedomWorks endorsed DeSantis in March 2014.[12] He faced no primary challenger, but will take on Democratic nominee David Cox in the general election.[1]

District 7

See also: Florida's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent John L. Mica (R), who was first elected in 1992, is seeking re-election to a thirteenth term in 2014.

In 2012, Mica defeated fellow incumbent Sandy Adams in a member vs. member battle in the Republican primary.[13]

Democratic nominee Wesley Neuman ran unopposed for the nomination in the primary election.

District 8

See also: Florida's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Bill Posey (R), who was first elected in 2008, is seeking re-election to a fourth term in 2014. He faced no primary election challenge, but will face Gabriel Rothblatt, the Democratic nominee, in the general election.

District 9

See also: Florida's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Alan Grayson won election in 2012. He previously represented the 8th district from 2009 to 2011.

Grayson is one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who had prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 to make a successful comeback bid two years later.[14][15]

Grayson held off a primary challenge from Nicholas Ruiz, while Carol Platt defeated Jorge Bonilla Jr. and Peter Vivaldi for the nomination.

District 10

See also: Florida's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Daniel Webster (R), who was first elected in 2010, ran unopposed for the nomination in the Republican primary.

Michael Patrick McKenna won the nomination over Shayan Modarres and Bill Ferree in the Democratic primary.[1]

Webster has an edge as the front-runner, thanks to the 5 percent registration edge Republicans have over Democrats in the district.[7]

District 11

See also: Florida's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Richard Nugent ran unopposed for the nomination on the Republican ticket and David Koller ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.[1]

Incumbent Richard Nugent won re-election by nearly 30 percent in 2012 and is seeking his third term in 2014. He previously represented the 5th district from 2011 to 2013. Libertarian Party candidate Matthew Schnackenberg had filed to run but did not qualify to be on the ballot.[16]

District 12

See also: Florida's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Gus Bilirakis is seeking a fifth term in 2014. He previously represented the 9th district from 2007 to 2013. He faced no opposition in the primary and will also run unopposed in the general election.

District 13

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014
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C. W. Bill Young (R), who was first elected in 1970, died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[17] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican. A special election was held to fill his vacant seat.[18]

David Jolly defeated former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) to win the special election for Florida's 13th District.[19][20]

Ed Jany ran for a short time as an Independent candidate with no political affiliation, despite being recruited and having had considerable support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[21][22] In a statement on May 13, 2014, Jany ended his campaign, citing an inability to balance the campaign with his professional demands.[23]

Jolly ran unopposed in the Republican primary and no Democratic candidate filed to take Jany's place on the ballot.[1]

Republicans hold a small registration edge in the district, but it is a small one--less than 3 percent.

District 14

See also: Florida's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Kathy Castor is seeking a fifth term in 2014. She faced no opposition in the primary and will run unopposed in the general election.

District 15

See also: Florida's 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Dennis A. Ross (R) was first elected in 2010. He is running for re-election in 2014. He will face former television reporter Alan Cohn (D) in the general election.[24]

District 16

See also: Florida's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Vern Buchanan (R), who was first elected in 2006, is seeking re-election to a fifth term in 2014. He faced no primary challenge, but will face Democratic nominee Henry Lawrence and write-in candidate Joe Newman in the general election.

District 17

See also: Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Thomas J. Rooney (R), who was first elected in 2008, is running for re-election to a fourth term in 2014. He faced no primary challenge, but will face Democratic candidate Will Bronson in the general election.

District 18

See also: Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
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Incumbent Patrick Murphy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Former state Rep. Carl Domino beat out five other candidates for the nomination--Former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest, 2006 Republican candidate in U.S. Senate race in Connecticut Alan Schlesinger, Beverly Joy Hires, Nick Robert Wukoson and Brian Lara.[1]

Murphy defeated then-incumbent Allen West (R) to win the seat in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the general election on November 6, 2012.[25][26]

District 19

See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District elections, 2014
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Heading into the election the incumbent is Curt Clawson (R). He won the special election to the U.S. House on June 24, 2014.[27]

Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[28][29]

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[28][30][31] On January 27, 2014, Radel announced his resignation from Congress.[32][33]

A special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Rep. Trey Radel (R).[34] The winner will face re-election in 2014, with the primary scheduled for August 26, 2014, followed by the November general election.

District 20

See also: Florida's 20th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Alcee L. Hastings (D) was first elected in 1992. He faced a primary challenge from Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Jean Enright and former heavyweight boxing champion Jameel McCline.[35] Jay Bonner ran unopposed on the Republican ticket and will Hastings in the general election.

District 21

See also: Florida's 21st Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Theodore E. Deutch (D) was first elected in 2010. He is facing re-election to a third term in 2014. He held off a primary challenge from former federal Labor Department employee Emmanuel Morel. Write-in candidate W. Michael Trout is seeking a rematch against Deutch after he was defeated in 2012.[36]

District 22

See also: Florida's 22nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Lois Frankel was first elected in 2012. She is running for re-election to a second term in 2014. Frankel was named as the vice chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Red to Blue program on May 1, 2014.[37] Frankel co-chaired the DCCC’s WomenLEAD program before obtaining her new assignment.[37]

She faced no primary challenger in her bid for re-election. However, three Republican candidates went head to head for the nomination to take her on in the general election. In the end, Paul Spain emerged victorious.

District 23

See also: Florida's 23rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) was first elected in 2004. She is seeking a sixth term in 2014.

She serves as one of the Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[38] She also serves as the current chair of the Democratic National Committee.

She faced no opposition in the Democratic primary. However, two Republican candidates both sought the opportunity to challenge Wasserman Schultz in the general election. Joe Kaufman won the primary and the nomination.

District 24

See also: Florida's 24th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Frederica S. Wilson (D) was first elected in 2010. She is seeking re-election to a third term in 2014. Wilson ran unopposed for re-election in 2012.

Wilson beat challenger Michael Etienne in the primary election and will face Republican nominee Dufirstson Julio Neree in the general election.

District 25

See also: Florida's 25th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart (R) was first elected in 2010. He is seeking a third term in 2014. Diaz-Balart was the only candidate to file to run in the primary and will run unopposed in the general election.[39][40]

District 26

See also: Florida's 26th Congressional District elections, 2014
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Incumbent Joe Garcia (D), first elected in 2012, is a target for Republicans in 2014. The third time proved to be the charm for Joe Garcia, as he ran against and lost to Mario Diaz Balart by six percent in 2008, ran again in 2010 but was defeated by David Rivera by almost ten percent, before he finally managed to be elected to the office in 2012.[7]

Almost as soon as Garcia was sworn in, Republicans started lining up to challenge the freshman Democrat. While the district is starting to become more Democratic, Republicans still hold a registration advantage in the district.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

Garcia ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Carlos Curbelo beat out Lorenzo Palomares Starbuck, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall, former Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Joe Martinez and former U.S. Rep. David Rivera for the nomination. He will face Garcia in the general election.

Scandal-plagued former Rep. David Rivera, who defeated Garcia in 2010 before being ousted by him in 2012, was looking to make a political comeback despite continued investigations in a complicated campaign-financing scheme.[41][42][43]

Rivera’s re-emergence did not sit well with the other Republicans already looking to defeat Garcia. Miami Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, who had been the GOP front-runner, brought up Rivera's ongoing investigations.[41] Curbelo is the Republican establishment favorite in the race and earned the endorsement of former Gov. Jeb Bush.[42] Curbelo and Rivera previously went to head to head in 2008 for Miami-Dade Republican chairman when Rivera, then a state Representative, won the post by just 1 vote.[42]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Carlos Curbelo to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[44] In March 2014, Curbelo was included on the NRCC's "Young Guns" list.[45]

District 27

See also: Florida's 27th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was first elected in 1988. She faced no primary election challenge and will run unopposed in the general election in 2014.[46]

Oklahoma Runoff

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2014

District 5

See also: Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

A dozen candidates fought for the seat left open by incumbent James Lankford, who is running in the special election for the Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn (R). None of the candidates running in the June 24 primary election received 50 percent of the votes cast, so four candidates competed in runoff primaries yesterday. Former state Senator Steve Russell defeated Commissioner of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff. State Sen. Al McAffrey defeated Tom Guild in the Democratic runoff.[47][48] Russell and McAffrey will face Independent candidates Buddy Ray, Tom Boggs and Robert Murphy in the general election.

Vermont

Vermont

Heading into the November 4 election, the Democratic Party holds the one congressional seat from Vermont.

Members of the U.S. House from Vermont -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1

At-Large District

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2014

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, Mark Donka has 348-vote lead over Donald Russell, who has 3,950 votes, in the Republican primary. Donald Nolte is currently in third with 3,666 votes.[49] Donka expressed his frustration with the Secretary of State tweeting, "VT Secretary of State has not finished counting votes for the GOP US House race. Bet if it was a Democrats race they would have done it."[50] Incumbent Peter Welch ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Welch and the winner of the Republican primary will move on to the general election to face Cris Ericson (I) and Liberty Union Party candidate Matthew Andrews.

U.S. House, Vermont At-Large District Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Donka 35.7% 4,341
Don Russell 33.1% 4,020
Donald Nolte 31.3% 3,802
Total Votes 12,163
Source: Results via Associated Press

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