Florida's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 10th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

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

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The 10th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Democrats thought they had a chance to replace Daniel Webster (R) when he sought re-election in 2012. Webster was able to hold off a challenge from Orlando Police Chief Val Demings in 2012.

The DCCC attempted to recruit Val Demings to challenge Webster in a rematch. However, Demings decided to instead run for Orange County mayor in 2014.[4] The organization EMILY's List is also targeting Webster in 2014.[5]

On July 10, 2014, a Florida judge threw out the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan. 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".[6][7] He also specifically ordered that two of the state's districts--Florida's 5th Congressional District and Florida's 10th Congressional District-- should be redrawn as they violated a "Fair Districts Florida" standard approved by voters in 2010 to ban legislators from favoring or protecting incumbents.[6][8]

On July 15, 2014, Republicans in the Florida State Legislature announced they would not appeal the ruling that found that the state's map for congressional districts unconstitutional. Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a joint statement that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections.[9]

Florida legislative leaders announced on August 3, 2014, a special week-long session to revise the congressional redistricting map declared invalid by a state judge.[10] The announcement came after Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis once again ordered lawmakers on August 1, 2014, to revise the congressional redistricting map to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional. Lewis gave the Legislature until August 15, 2014, to fix the map, an action that required a special session of the Legislature and an abrupt halt to lawmakers' summer vacations and to their campaigning, as lawmakers may not raise campaign money while the Legislature is in session.[10]

Lewis also said he was considering calling a special election after the November 4, 2014, general election for the affected districts, and called for an August 20, 2014, hearing to allow lawyers for both sides in the case to present arguments on what the court should decide.[10]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 2, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[11][12][13]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters have to register by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[14]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

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

Florida's 10th Congressional District is located in central Florida and includes portions of Lake, Orange and Polk counties.[15]

Race background

Democrats thought they had a chance to replace Daniel Webster (R) when he sought re-election in 2012. Webster was able to hold off a challenge from Orlando Police Chief Val Demings in 2012, but some Democrats were so impressed with her they hoped she would run again in 2014.[5]

Before Demings announced her decision not to run in 2014, the DCCC had been trying to recruit her to challenge Webster in a rematch. The organization EMILY's List is also targeting Webster in 2014.[5]

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

Candidates

Withdrew prior to primary

Declined to run

Key votes

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

Government affairs

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.[21] Webster joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[22][23]

Economy

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.[24] 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.[25] Daniel Webster voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[26]

Yea3.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.[27] 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. Daniel Webster voted in favor of HR 2775.[28]

Campaign contributions

Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$100,842.36$1,463,668.76$(11,480.81)$133,030.31
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$133,030.31$137,303.38$(51,610.18)$218,723.51
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$218,723.51$124,035.40$(67,460.53)$275,298.38
Year-end[32]January 31, 2014$275,298$108,193$(79,618)$303,873
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$303,873$122,942$(75,637)$351,178
Running totals
$1,956,142.54$(285,806.52)

Bill Ferree

Bill Ferree (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$0$33,280$(17,268)$16,011
Running totals
$33,280$(17,268)

Michael Patrick McKenna

Michael Patrick McKenna (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[35]July 2, 2013$20.00$580.00$(170.73)$429.27
October Quarterly[36]October 16, 2013$150.00$1,850.00$(1,981.95)$18.05
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$18$2,678$(2,256)$440
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$440$207$(102)$105
Running totals
$5,315$(4,510.68)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Daniel Webster (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Val Demings and Naipaul Seegolam in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Webster Incumbent 51.7% 164,649
     Democratic Val Demings 48.3% 153,574
     Independent Naipaul Seegolam 0% 46
Total Votes 318,269
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, C.W. Bill Young won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Charlie Justice (D) in the general election.[39]

U.S. House, Florida District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngC.W. Bill Young incumbent 65.9% 137,943
     Democratic Charlie Justice 34.1% 71,313
Total Votes 209,256

See also

External links

References

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