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Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
David Jolly Republican Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by June 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is David Jolly (R). Jolly won election to the U.S. House in a special election on March 11, 2014.[5][6][7]

C. W. Bill Young (R), who first elected in 1970, died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[8] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican. A special election will be held to fill his vacant seat.[9] The winner of the special election will run as the incumbent in the election in 2014..

Florida's 13th Congressional District is located in western Florida and is enclosed entirely in Pinellas county.[10]

Candidates

Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Potential candidates

Declined to run

Race background

Democrats initially announced that they would target incumbent C. W. Bill Young (R), who has been in office for more than four decades, insisting that 2014 will be different.[17] The DCCC and EMILY’s List also reportedly targeted Young. Nationally, Democrats counted on Young being vulnerable due to the defense sequestration.[17] Republicans hold a small registration edge in the district, but it’s a small one -- less than 3 percent.[17] Young’s age increasingly became a factor as well. If he chose to seek a 23rd term in the House, he would have been 84 on Election Day.[17]

In April 2013, based upon campaign fundraising figures some speculated whether Young will decide to retire, rather than seek re-election in 2014.[18][17] In the first set of campaign finance reports, Young reported raising $58,000 and had $209,000 on hand.[18]

Young announced on October 9, 2013, that when his term ends in 2014 he will retire.[19] He cited several factors why he chose not to run for re-election, including his health and his desire to spend more time with his family.[19]

Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[20] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican. A special election will be held to fill his vacant seat.[21] The winner of the special election will run as the incumbent in the election in 2014.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel called Alex Sink (D) in March 2014 following the special election to discuss plans to run again in November 2014.[22]

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November. We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor...I did call her last night and left a message. My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November...I have not heard back from her...This is just the day after the special, so we haven’t started thinking about who else may be viable. I am hopeful that Alex and I can talk soon,” Israel said.[22]

Sink said in a statement on April 15, 2014, that she made a “personal decision” not to run in 2014.[13][23]

In her statement Sink said, “I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida. I remain totally convinced that a Democrat can and will win this congressional seat in the fall, and I look forward to helping the Democratic nominee.”[13]

Campaign contributions

David Jolly

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jolly's reports.[24]

David Jolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[25]January 2, 2014$0$388,450$(246,558)$141,891
Year End[26]January 31, 2014$141,891$13,200$(82,136)$72,954
Running totals
$401,650$(328,694)

Endorsements

Republican primary

Incumbent David Jolly was added to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program on April 16, 2014.[27] The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[28]

Democratic primary

Jessica Ehrlich

Jessica Ehrlich picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on October 14, 2013.[29] Ehrlich announced in early November 2013 that she no longer planned to run for the seat.[30]

Polls

Democratic primary

Potential Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Crist Jessica EhrlichCharlie JusticeKen WelchJanet LongScott WagmanAlex SinkUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
October 9, 2013
54%10%8%8%7%2%0%13%+/-5.1367
St. Pete Polls
October 15, 2013
0%19%0%0%0%0%65%6.5%+/-2.31,741
AVERAGES 27% 14.5% 4% 4% 3.5% 1% 32.5% 9.75% +/-3.7 1,054
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican primary

Potential Republican candidates
Poll Rick Baker Jeff BrandesJack LatvalaFrank HibbardKaren SeelDavid JollyNeil BrickfieldLarry CrowUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
October 9, 2013
24%12%9%8%7%3%0%0%38%+/-4.7443
St. Pete Polls
October 15, 2013
50%0%0%0%10%2%7%4%28%+/-2.31,741
AVERAGES 37% 6% 4.5% 4% 8.5% 2.5% 3.5% 2% 33% +/-3.5 1,092
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

General election

General election match-up
Poll David Jolly (R) Alex Sink (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
April 8, 2014
48%46%6%+/-3.3603
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

District history

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2013

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Florida's 13th Congressional District held a special election for the U.S. House in 2014. The special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R).

Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[31] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican.[32][33]

David Jolly (R) won election to the U.S. House in the special election on March 11, 2014.[5][6][34][35]

He defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[36] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election.[6]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 44.6% 20,337
Kathleen Peters 31% 14,120
Mark Bircher 24.5% 11,158
Total Votes 45,615
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[37]


2012

On November 6, 2012, C. W. Bill Young (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jessica Ehrlich in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Jessica Ehrlich 42.4% 139,742
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngC.W. Bill Young 57.6% 189,605
Total Votes 329,347
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Vern Buchanan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James T. Golden (D) in the general election.[38]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan incumbent 68.8% 183,341
     Democratic James T. Golden 31.2% 83,123
Total Votes 266,464

See also

External links

References

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  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Associated Press, "U.S. House - District 13 - General," accessed March 11, 2014
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  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Sunshine State News "Florida Congressional Races 2014 Early Look Where Fur will Fly" accessed March 8, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Roll Call "House Retirement Watch Clues Found in First Fundraising Reports" accessed April 19, 2013
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  35. U.S. House David Jolly, "David Jolly is Sworn In & Applauds Senate for Moving Swiftly on Flood Insurance Reforms," accessed March 17, 2014
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