Battleground Friday: Florida's 18th Congressional District

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Florida's 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Patrick Murphy Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Patrick Murphy Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[3]

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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By Jennifer Springer and the Congress team


In the next profile of our 2014 battleground districts, Ballotpedia is taking an in-depth look at Florida's 18th Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: Patrick Murphy (D) was first elected in 2012.[4]

Murphy defeated incumbent Allen West (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Murphy is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[7] [8]

Unlike the incumbent he defeated, Murphy started off the 2012 race by "running to the center, playing up his bipartisan credentials."[9]

According to outside analysis, Murphy is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[10]

2012 MOV: Murphy ousted then-incumbent Allen West (R) in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][11] Murphy won by just 1,904 votes, or a margin of victory of 0.6%, over West.

2014 candidates: Murphy is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. On the Republican ticket, six candidates are in the running for the nomination to challenge Murphy in the general election: Former Tequesta councilman Calvin Turnquest, former state Representative Carl Domino, 2006 Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Schlesinger, Beverly Joy Hires, Nick Robert Wukoson and Brian Lara.[12]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: Our analysis points to the district being a battleground with a vulnerable Democratic incumbent in a Republican leaning district. Cook's PVI shows the district as R+3 and Fairvote rates the district as 47.7% Democratic. Additionally, the MOV in 2012 was just 0.6%, the district went to Mitt Romney by 4.1% in 2012 and to Barack Obama by 3.1% in 2008.

FEC: Murphy raised more than $1.07 million in 2013, making him one of the top House fundraisers in 2013.[13] Based on the latest campaign finance report, Murphy had a significant lead, with more than two million cash on hand. Carl Domino came in second with slightly more than $387,000 and Brian Lara was third with approximately $103,234 cash on hand.[14][15][16]

The information above was compiled following the Florida candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 18th District's election page.
Florida's 18th Congressional District
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Population: 687,695
Gender: 48.7% Male, 51.3% Female
Race: 81.3% White, 11.6% Black, 1.9% Asian, 0.2% Native American
Ethnicity: 14.1% Hispanic
Unemployment: 12.4%
Median household income: $47,516
High school graduation rate: 88.9%
College graduation rate: 28.9%

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