Florida's 5th Congressional District

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Florida's 5th Congressional District
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Current incumbentCorrine Brown Democratic Party
Population701,732
Gender48.1% Male, 51.9% Female
Race38.8% White, 52.7% Black, 2.1% Asian, 0.4% Native American
Ethnicity12.4% Hispanic
Unemployment17.4%
Median household income$32,772
High school graduation rate80.9%
College graduation rate15.8%
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
The 5th Congressional District of Florida is a congressional district in Florida.

Florida's 5th Congressional District snakes vertically through northeastern Florida and includes portions of Duval, Caly, Putnam, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Seminole and Orange counties.[1]

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".[2][3] 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.[2]

The ruling, issued less than two months before primary elections, is unlikely to affect the 2014 elections. However, if it stands it could have broad implications for the 2016 elections.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[6]

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.[6]

The current representative of the 5th Congressional District is Corrine Brown (D).

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

The 5th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

The 5th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent from the 3rd District, Corrine Brown won the election in the district.[7]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 70.8% 190,472
     Republican LeAnne Kolb 26.3% 70,700
     Independent Eileen Fleming 3% 7,978
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0% 3
Total Votes 269,153
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010
On November 2, 2010, Richard Nugent won election to the United States House. He defeated James "Jim" Piccillo (D) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Nugent 67.4% 208,815
     Democratic James "Jim" Piccillo 32.6% 100,858
Total Votes 309,673

2008
On November 4, 2008, Ginny Brown-Waite won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John Russell (D) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGinny Brown-Waite incumbent 61.2% 265,186
     Democratic John Russell 38.8% 168,446
Total Votes 433,632

2006
On November 7, 2006, Ginny Brown-Waite won re-election to the United States House. She defeated John Russell (D) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGinny Brown-Waite incumbent 59.9% 162,421
     Democratic John Russell 40.1% 108,959
Total Votes 271,380

2004
On November 2, 2004, Ginny Brown-Waite won re-election to the United States House. She defeated David E. Bruderly (D) and N.W. O'Brien (Write-in) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGinny Brown-Waite incumbent 65.9% 240,315
     Democratic David E. Bruderly 34.1% 124,140
Total Votes 364,488

2002
On November 5, 2002, Ginny Brown-Waite won election to the United States House. She defeated Karen L. Thurman (D), Jack Gargan (No Party Affiliation), Brian Moore (No Party Affiliation) and Werder (Write-in) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGinny Brown-Waite 47.9% 121,998
     Democratic Karne L. Thurman incumbent 46.2% 117,758
     No Party Affiliation Jack Gargan 3.4% 8,639
     No Party Affiliation Brian Moore 2.4% 6,223
     Write-in Werder 0% 53
Total Votes 254,671

2000
On November 7, 2000, Karen L. Thurman won re-election to the United States House. She defeated Pete Enwall (R) in the general election.[13]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren L. Thurman incumbent 64.3% 180,338
     Republican Pete Enwall 35.7% 100,244
     N/A Write-in 0% 16
Total Votes 280,598

Redistricting

2010-2011

This is the 5th Congressional District of Florida after the 2001 redistricting process.
See also: Redistricting in Florida

In 2011, the Florida State Legislature re-drew the congressional districts based on updated population information from the 2010 census. Prior to redistricting the 5th District comprised all of Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties and most of Lake, Levy, and Pasco counties and portions of Marion and Polk counties. The district also included northern suburbs of Tampa and western suburbs of Orlando.

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