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

Incumbent prior to election:
Vance McAllisterRepublican Party
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Louisiana U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th Congressional District of Louisiana will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline General Election Runoff General Election
August 22, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 6, 2014

Primary: Louisiana is one of 3 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by October 5, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is November 5, 2014.[4]

See also: Louisiana elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the district is represented by Vance McAllister (R). He was elected in a special election on November 16, 2013.[5]

Rodney Alexander issued a statement on August 6, 2013, that he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress as part of the reason for his decision. “Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I do not foresee this environment to change anytime soon. I have decided not to seek re-election, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."[6][7][8]

In April 2014, Alexander said a 2014 run for his old seat was not out of the question.[9][10] “I would never say anything is off of the table. If I felt like the people of Louisiana and the 5th District wanted me for a particular purpose or office, I am willing to serve them," Alexander said.[9]

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.[11]

Candidates

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Potential candidates

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.[17]

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.[17][18]

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."[19][20]

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.[21]

GOP reaction

  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said April 8, 2014, that McAllister’s constituents “deserve an apology.”[22]
    • “I think that his constituents deserve an apology. I’m glad he issued an apology,” Cantor said.[22]
  • Speaker John Boehner said on April 10, 2014, that McAllister has "decisions he has to make. I expect all members to be held to the highest ethical standards.”[23][24]
  • Roger F. Villere, Jr. Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana publicly called on McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[25]
    • "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."[25]
  • Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal (R) called for McAllister to resign on April 10, 2014.[26][27]
    • "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."[26]

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.[29]

“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[29]

Campaign contributions

Vance McAllister

Vance McAllister (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End Report[30]January 31, 2014$15,493$90,048$(52,305)$53,236
Running totals
$90,048$(52,305)

District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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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.[31]

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

References

  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. WAFB, "5th Congressional District Vance McAllister sworn in," accessed November 21, 2013
  6. Politico, "GOP Rep. Rodney Alexander retiring" Accessed August 7, 2013
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  8. The News Star "U.S. Rep. Alexander won't run for re-election" Accessed August 7, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Town Talk, "Alexander may seek 5th District seat again," accessed April 14, 2014
  10. NOLA.com, "Former Rep. Rodney Alexander isn't ruling out run for Congress, says Monroe News-Star," accessed April 14, 2014
  11. Louisiana Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  12. KALB, "Ed Tarpley, Former DA for Grant Parish, announce Congress bid," accessed April 12, 2014
  13. The New Orleans Advocate, "Both sides gear up to unseat McAllister," accessed April 12, 2014
  14. KNOE, "Tarpley announces intention to run for 5th District seat," accessed April 12, 2014
  15. Herford for Congress, "Home," accessed January 6, 2014
  16. The Town Talk, "Marksville's Rep. Johnson won't rule out 2014 run for Congress," accessed October 24, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Politico, "Report: Video shows Vance McAllister kissing staffer," accessed April 7, 2014
  18. The Ouachita Citizen, "VIDEO: Rep. Vance McAllister in extramarital embrace," accessed April 8, 2014
  19. Yahoo News, "Congressman apologizes after compromising video posted," accessed April 8, 2014
  20. NOLA, "Vance McAllister on video showing kiss with staffer: 'I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness'," accessed April 8, 2014
  21. The News Star, "McAllister to ask for FBI probe on leaked video," accessed April 9, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Hill, "Cantor withholds judgment on McAllister," accessed April 12, 2014
  23. Politico, "Vance McAllister’s new problem: His own party," accessed April 10, 2014
  24. CNN, "McAllister urged to resign by top Republicans," accessed April 12, 2014
  25. 25.0 25.1 Louisiana GOP, "Statement from Roger F. Villere, Jr. Chairman, Republican Party of Louisiana," accessed April 12, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 Washington Post, "Jindal: McAllister an ‘embarrassment,’ should resign," accessed April 12, 2014
  27. NOLA.com, "Bobby Jindal calls on Vance McAllister to resign," accessed April 12, 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 Politico, "Walden declines to say whether McAllister should resign," accessed April 14, 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 Shreveport Times, "U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister: Congressional job 'sucks'," accessed January 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed April 8, 2014
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013