Alabama's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Alabama's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Mo Brooks Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Alabama U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Alabama will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Mo Brooks defeated Jerry Hill in the primary. Hill will go uncontested in November, unless an Independent candidate or candidate with an Independent Party qualifies per Title 17 of the Code of Alabama. Mark Bray is the only Independent who is actively pursuing candidacy in the race via the petition process mandated in the state code.[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 24, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days prior to the general election).[7]

See also: Alabama elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Mo Brooks (R), who was first elected in 2010.

The 5th District is located in the northern portion of the state and stretches horizontally across the state. Lauderdale, Limestone, Morgan, Madison and Jackson counties are included.[8]


General election candidates

Republican Party Mo Brooks
Independent Mark Bray

June 3, 2014, primary results
Republican Party Republican Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 80.3% 49,117
Jerry Hill 19.7% 12,038
Total Votes 61,155
Source: Alabama Secretary of State

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[9] Brooks joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[10][11]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Mo Brooks voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Mo Brooks voted against HR 2775.[16]

Campaign contributions

Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 15, 2013$499,658.59$22,200.00$(23,868.80)$497,989.79
July Quarterly[18]July 15, 2013$497,989.79$137,820.00$(12,444.68)$623,365.11
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2013$623,365.11$28,125.00$(18,960.03)$632,530.08
Year-End[20]January 31, 2014$632,530$20,525$(1,136,984)$616,070
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2014$616,070$182,669$(12,232)$786,507
Pre-Primary[22]May 22, 2014$786,507$64,213$(29,487)$821,232
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2014$821,232$43,980$(3,233)$861,979
Running totals

Mark Bray

Mark Bray (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[24]July 12, 2014$0$12,116$(9,476)$2,639
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Mo Brooks (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charlie L. Holley in the general election.

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charlie L. Holley 34.9% 101,772
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 64.9% 189,185
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 336
Total Votes 291,293
Source: Alabama Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Mo Brooks won election to the United States House. He defeated Steve Raby (D) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks 57.9% 131,109
     Democratic Steve Raby 42.1% 95,192
Total Votes 226,301

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3., "Mark Bray, independent candidate for Congress in north Alabama, looking for boost from Democrats", February 7, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Alabama Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Alabama Redistricting "Map" accessed July 7, 2012
  9. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  10. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  11. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mo Brooks July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Mark Bray July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013