Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Louisiana's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Election Runoff Date
December 6, 2014

December 6 Runoff Winner:
Ralph AbrahamRepublican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Vance McAllisterRepublican Party
Vance McAllister.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

The district was decided in a runoff vote between Jamie Mayo (D) and Ralph Abraham (R) due to no candidate winning the majority of the votes in the general election. Abraham defeated Mayo in the runoff election on December 6, 2014.[4]

The district was represented by Vance McAllister (R), who lost his seat by not winning enough votes to participate in the runoff. He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[5]

Abraham received a key endorsement from Governor Bobby Jindal (R) before the December runoff.[6] He worked as a medical doctor while his opponent, Mayo, was the mayor of Monroe, Louisiana. Both candidates promoted themselves as fiscally responsible.[7]

In April 2014, McAllister was caught kissing a married staffer, which led to calls for his resignation from Republican leadership.[8][9]

Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election. In Louisiana, the runoff general election on December 6, 2014, is only required if no candidate receives 50 percent or more of the primary vote. If the runoff election is not needed, the race is decided with the one election (acting as both the primary and the general election) on November 4, 2014.[10][11][12]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by October 6, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was November 5, 2014.[13][14]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the district was represented by Vance McAllister (R). He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[15]

McAllister announced on April 28, 2014, that he would retire at the end of his term in 2015.[16][17] On June 30, 2014, McAllister announced he would instead leave the decision up to the voters and run for re-election in 2014.[18][19]

Louisiana's 5th Congressional District includes the northeastern portion of the state. Morehouse, W Carroll, E Carroll, Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Richland, Ouachita, Lincoln, Jackson, Winn, La Salle, Catahoula, Concordia, Caldwell, Grant, Rapides, Avoyelles, St. Landry, W Feldana, E Feldana, St. Helenda, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes are included in the district.[20]

Candidates

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Rumored candidates

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Elections

Runoff election results

The 5th Congressional District of Louisiana held a runoff election for the U.S. House of Representatives on December 6, 2014. Ralph Abraham (R) defeated Jamie Mayo (D) in the runoff election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 64.2% 134,612
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 35.8% 75,004
Total Votes 209,616
Source: Politico 100 Percent Reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

General election results

The 5th Congressional District of Louisiana held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Ralph Abraham (R) and Jamie Mayo (D) secured enough votes to participate in a runoff on December 6, 2014. Incumbent Vance McAllister (R) did not receive enough votes to participate in the runoff.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Vance McAllister Incumbent 11.11% 26,606
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Abraham 23.16% 55,489
     Republican Harris Brown 4.13% 9,890
     Republican Zach Dasher 22.39% 53,628
     Republican Clyde Holloway 7.46% 17,877
     Republican Ed Tarpley Jr. 1.92% 4,594
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Mayo 28.22% 67,611
     Libertarian Charles Saucier 0.92% 2,201
     Green Eliot Barron 0.69% 1,655
Total Votes 239,551
Source: Ralph Abraham and Jamie Mayo are headed to a runoff election on December 6, 2014.' Louisiana Secretary of State

Polls

General election

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Poll Vance McAllister Jamie MayoRalph AbrahamZach DasherEd TarpleyHarris BrownClay GrantMargin of ErrorSample Size
Glascock Group
August 5, 2014
27%21%18%14%9%6%5%+/--519
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Republican primary

Potential candidates
Poll Neil Riser (R) Jamie Mayo (R)Harris Brown (R)Bob Johnson (R)Ed Tarpley (R)Jay Morris (R)Adam Terry (R)UndecidedSample Size
Glascock Group
May 9, 2014
48%14%9%9%8%6%5%1%503
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Republican primary match-up
Poll Neil Riser Vance McAllisterMargin of ErrorSample Size
Glascock Group
April 14, 2014
56%44%+/-11,300
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Republican primary match-up
Poll Chris Hazel Vance McAllisterMargin of ErrorSample Size
Glascock Group
April 14, 2014
52%48%+/-11,300
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Endorsements

Jamie Mayo

  • State Rep. Marcus Hunter endorsed Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo on July 8, 2014, and asked other potential Democratic candidates to “stand down” and consolidate behind Mayo.[39]
    • “Mayor Mayo has the most impressive body of work among all of the candidates and he represents the best chance for the Democrats to win this seat. You’re going to see me campaigning (for Mayo) as if my name is on the ballot,” said Hunter.[39]

Issues

Video kissing staffer

Incumbent Vance McAllister was caught on video kissing a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas 2013.[8]

Surveillance video from inside his district office in Monroe, Louisiana, showed McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for McAllister.[8][40]

McAllister's office issued a statement on April 7, 2014:

"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness. I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you're a husband, a father, or a congressman/ I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I've disappointed. From day one, I've always tried to be an honest man. I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don't want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I'm very sorry for what I've done."[41][42]

McAllister's office said it planned send a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on April 9, 2014, requesting an FBI investigation concerning the leak of the video.[43]

Stronger from scandal

McAllister said in an interview in June 2014 that the scandal made him a stronger man.[44]

"It's made me a better Congressman, and most importantly it's made me a much better father and husband that I ever thought I needed to work on."[44]

GOP reaction

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said April 8, 2014, that McAllister’s constituents “deserve an apology.”[45]
    • “I think that his constituents deserve an apology. I’m glad he issued an apology,” Cantor said.[45]
  • On April 29, 2014, Cantor called for McAllister to resign.[46]
    • “When we took the majority, I had said that I believe we ought to hold ourselves to a higher standard. And I think what has happened in his instance doesn't meet that standard. So I told (McAllister) that I thought he should resign,” Cantor said.[46]
  • Speaker John Boehner said on April 10, 2014, that McAllister had "decisions he has to make. I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards.”[47][48]
  • Roger F. Villere, Jr. Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana publicly called on McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[49]
    • "The Republican Party of Louisiana calls on Vance McAllister to resign his seat in Congress. Mr. McAllister's extreme hypocrisy is an example of why ordinary people are fed up with politics. A breach of trust of this magnitude can only be rectified by an immediate resignation. He has embarrassed our party, our state and the institution of Congress. A video showing him engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Congress, on public time, in a public office, with one of his employees, was the focus of the national press for days. I call on Mr. McAllister to put the interests of his nation, state and party above his own and step aside. We are praying for Mr. McAllister and the families that are involved. I attempted to resolve this matter privately and directly with Mr. McAllister, but his chief of staff chose to make this information public. Therefore, I have chosen to release this statement today."[49]
  • Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal (R) called for McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[50][51]
    • "Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign," Jindal said in a statement. "He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress."[50]

Congressional position

At a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Monroe, Louisiana, on January 23, 2014, McAllister shared some blunt initial impressions of his position in Congress.[53]

“It sucks. It ain’t no fun. But, the day I start enjoying it in Washington, D.C., is the day that I should come home,” McAllister said[53]

Controversy

McAllister reports

In October 2013, McAllister’s campaign had not electronically filed any of the required campaign finance reports, citing the government shutdown as the reason he had not filed.[54] According to McAllister's campaign, hard copy forms were mailed to the FEC by the required deadlines, even though campaign finance law requires candidates who raise or spend $50,000 or more to file electronically.[54]

Government shutdown

  • In a forum on October 8, 2013, at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Marcus Hunter commented on the shutdown, saying it was a result of disagreements over the health-care reform law.[55]
    • “They’re tying something to the budget that has nothing to do with the budget. Sometimes you have to tell people, ‘This is not the time to have that fight,'” Hunter said.[55]
  • Jamie Mayo also spoke of the shutdown, calling it “ludicrous” and said government leaders should have worked out the problem before allowing the problem to escalate.[55]
    • “It’s all about the [Patient Protection and] Affordable Care Act. The American people are being held hostage because one party didn’t get its way,” Mayo said.[55]
  • Phillip Weatherly also discussed the issue: “Our politicians have put their job aside. They should have passed a budget. Let’s fix the root cause of this and work together to pass a budget."[55]

Key votes

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.[56] McAllister joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[57][58]

Campaign contributions

Vance McAllister

Vance McAllister (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End Report[59]January 31, 2014$15,493$90,048$(52,305)$53,236
April Quarterly[60]April 15, 2014$53,236$46,955$(91,766)$8,425
July Quarterly[61]July 15, 2014$9,283$59,500$(62,204)$6,579
October Quarterly[62]October 15, 2014$233$440,591$(247,446)$193,377
Running totals
$637,094$(453,721)

Donation refunds

McAllister refunded campaign contributions made by a former staffer he was caught kissing in a surveillance video.[63][64] Campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission in July 2014 showed two refunds of $2,600 each to Melissa Peacock, the former staffer. Also refunded were two $2,600 contributions from Heath Peacock, the woman's husband. The donations were made in October 2013, before he won the special election.[64]

Ed Tarpley

Ed Tarpley (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$0.00$30,444$(18,727)$11,717
Running totals
$30,444$(18,727)

Harris Brown

Harris Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$0.00$185,150$(2,152)$232,997
Running totals
$185,150$(2,152)

Ralph Abraham

Ralph Abraham 2014 FEC (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$0.00$111,723$(11,071)$100,657
Running totals
$111,723$(11,071)

Zach Dasher

Zach Dasher (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$0.00$174,455$(2,834)$171,620
Running totals
$174,455$(2,834)

Clyde Holloway

Clyde Holloway (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$176,743$24,881$(655)$200,969
Running totals
$24,881$(655)

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Rodney Alexander (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Clay Steven Grant and Ron Ceasar in the general election.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander Incumbent 77.8% 202,536
     Libertarian Ron Ceasar 14.4% 37,486
     None Clay Steven Grant 7.8% 20,194
Total Votes 260,216
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rodney Alexander won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Tom Gibbs, Jr. (I) in the general election.[65]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Alexander incumbent 78.6% 122,033
     Independent Tom Gibbs, Jr. 21.4% 33,279
Total Votes 155,312

See also

External links

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