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Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Patrick Murphy Democratic Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 18th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Incumbent Patrick Murphy defeated incumbent Allen West (R) to win the seat in a race that was too close to call for more than one week after the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Patrick Murphy (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Florida's 18th Congressional District is located in eastern Florida and includes St. Lucie and Martin counties and part of Palm Beach county.[7]

Candidates

Failed to file

Withdrew from race

Declined to run

Race background

Incumbent Patrick Murphy (D) 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.[21]

Republicans have a 2 percent edge in the district and Mitt Romney carried it with 52 percent in 2012.[22] But despite the Republican trend, Murphy defeated longtime incumbent Allen West even though he was vastly outspent.[22]

Murphy almost immediately began fundraising for 2014 and national Republicans listed him as one of their top targets. Unlike the incumbent he defeated, Murphy has started off the race by "running to the center, playing up his bipartisan credentials."[22]

Despite his popularity with the national tea party movement, West has opted against running against Murphy in 2014. Many say this is due in part to the fact that Murphy would have had an easier time defeating his opponent in a rematch.[22] In theory, other Republican nominees should have a better chance against the freshman Democrat in 2014.[22]

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[23] 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.[24] Patrick Murphy voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[25]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[26] 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. Patrick Murphy voted for HR 2775.[27]

Issues

Train

All Aboard Florida, the planned Miami-to-Orlando private passenger train that is opposed by many voters in the district, became the center of attention in July 2014. Despite being a vocal critic, Murphy has been accused by his Republican challengers of supporting the project.[28]

Cancelled event

A dinner and candidate forum that featured six Republicans seeking to challenge freshmen incumbent Patrick Murphy was cancelled after only 22 people signed up to attend.[29] The Lipstick Republicans of the Treasure Coast organized the $20-a-head dinner.[29]

Campaign contributions

According to reports from July 2013, incumbent Patrick Murphy raised more than $520,000 in the second quarter, bringing his cash on hand to more than $1 million for his re-election fight in 2014. He raised more than $1.07 million in 2013, making him one of the top House fundraisers.[30]

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$271,625.75$557,912.39$(157,524.63)$672,013.51
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$672,013.51$530,963.05$(169,090.24)$1,033,886.32
October QuarterlyOctober 13, 2013$1,033,886.32$529,482.25$(156,997.52)$1,406,371.05
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$1,406,371$518,306$(164,585)$1,760,092
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$1,760,092$677,752$(207,548)$2,230,296
Running totals
$2,814,415.69$(855,745.39)

Calvin Turnquest

Calvin Turnquest (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[35]January 31, 2014$0.00$10,500$(374)$10,125
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2014$10,125$21,250$(26,734)$4,641
Running totals
$31,750$(27,108)

Alan Schlesinger

Alan Schlesinger (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[37]July 12, 2013$0.00$25,000$(6,480.19)$18,519.81
October Quarterly[38]October 16, 2013$18,519.81$39,952.30$(21,062.14)$37,409.97
Year-End[39]January 31, 2014$37,409$4,700$(14,702)$27,407
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$27,407$30,137$(29,394)$28,150
Running totals
$99,789.3$(71,638.33)

Carl Domino

Carl Domino (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[41]October 16, 2013$0.00$190,961.63$(28,891.99)$162,069.64
Year End[42]January 31, 2014$162,069$205,503$(93,439)$274,133
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2014$274,133$181,840$(68,300)$387,672
Running totals
$578,304.63$(190,630.99)

Ellen Andel

Ellen Andel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$0.00$14,455.00$(2,938.91)$11,516.09
October Quarterly[45]October 16, 2013$11,516.09$17,952.96$(11,801.68)$17,667.37
Year-end[46]January 31, 2014$17,717$13,075$(25,254)$5,537
Running totals
$45,482.96$(39,994.59)

Beverly Joy Hires

Beverly Joy Hires (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$0$41,770$(39,820)$1,949
Running totals
$41,770$(39,820)

Brian Lara

Brian Lara (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 15, 2014$0$113,997$(10,762)$103,234
Running totals
$113,997$(10,762)

Polls

Potential general election match-up
Poll Patrick Murphy (D) Carl Domino (R)Adam Hasner (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
Frederick Polls
October 6-8, 2013
52%25%25%+/-5.6300
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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2012

On November 6, 2012, Patrick Murphy (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Allen West (R) and Marilyn Davis Holloman (write-in) in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy 50.3% 166,257
     Republican Allen West Incumbent 49.7% 164,353
     Write-In Marilyn Davis Holloman 0% 55
Total Votes 330,665
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Roland A. Banciella (D) in the general election.[49]

U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngIleana Ros-Lehtinen 68.9% 102,360
     Democratic Rolando A. Banciella 31.1% 46,235
Total Votes 148,595

See also

External links

References

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