Florida's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 17th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Thomas J. Rooney 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 17th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 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.

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Thomas J. Rooney (R), who was first elected in 2008.

Florida's 17th Congressional District is located in central Florida and includes all of Hardee, Desoto, Highlands, Okeechobee, Glades and Charlotte counties and portions of Polk, Manatee, Hillsborough and Lee counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 26, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

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.[12] Rooney joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[13][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Thomas Rooney voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

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.[18] 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. Thomas Rooney voted against HR 2775.[19]

Campaign contributions

Thomas Rooney

Thomas Rooney (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$436,770.47$60,392.16$(45,606.42)$451,556.21
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$451,556.21$71,734.02$(84,217.00)$439,073.23
October Quarterly[22]October 13, 2013$439,073.23$21,674.36$(50,246.84)$410,500.75
Year-end[23]January 31, 2014$410,500$100,603$(40,951)$470,153
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$470,153$85,527$(64,199)$491,480
Running totals
$339,930.54$(285,220.26)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Thomas J. Rooney (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated William Bronson and Tom Baumann in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas J. Rooney Incumbent 58.6% 165,488
     Democratic William Bronson 41.4% 116,766
     Independent Tom Baumann 0% 12
Total Votes 282,266
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Frederica Wilson won election to the United States House. She defeated Roderick D. Vereen (Independent) in the general election.[25]

U.S. House, Florida District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFrederica Wilson 86.2% 106,361
     Republican Roderick D. Vereen 13.8% 17,009
Total Votes 123,370

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 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. Florida Division of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  9. Bronson for Congress, "Home," accessed September 27, 2013
  10. Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed November 19, 2013
  11. John Sawyer 2014, "Home," accessed February 11, 2014
  12. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013