Mississippi's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Mississippi's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Alan Nunnelee Republican Party
Alan Nunnelee.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Mississippi U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Mississippi will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Mississippi's 1st District is unlikely to have a competitive race in 2014. Republican incumbent Alan Nunnelee defeated Democratic challenger Brad Morris in 2012 by a 23.5 percent margin of victory, and The Cook Political Report rates this race as "Solid Republican."[4] Furthermore, Nunnellee had $339,381.35 in cash on hand as of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, whereas his Democratic competitor had not reported any money, and the Libertarian candidate had raised less than $5,000 in his entire campaign. In the district's recent history, most representatives have been from the Republican party, although Travis Childers (D) served as the representative from 2008 to 2011.[5]

In the primary election on June 3, 2014, Nunnelee ran uncontested for the Republican nomination and Ron Dickey defeated Rex Weathers with 65.7 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. Nunnelee underwent surgery on June 9, 2014, to remove a small mass from his brain. He is expected to make a full recovery, but was moved to a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, three weeks after the surgery for further rehabilitation.[6]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Mississippi is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they must intend to support the party nominations if they vote in the primary election.[7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 25, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014.[8]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Alan Nunnelee (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Mississippi's 1st Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes DeSoto, Tate, Marshall, Lafayette, Calhoun, Benton, tippah, Alcorn, Tishoming, Prentiss, Lee, Union, Itawamba, Pontotoc, Chickasaw, Monroe, Clay, Lowndes, Webster, Choctaw, Oktibbeha and Winston counties.[9]


General election candidates

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Mississippi District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Dickey 66% 9,741
Rex Weathers 34% 5,022
Total Votes 14,763
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Democratic primary results

Key votes

National security

HR 644

See also: Bowe Bergdahl exchange

Neutral/Abstain On September 9, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 644, a resolution condemning President Barack Obama's act of exchanging five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.[10][11] The House voted 249-163 for resolution, with all Republicans and 22 Democrats supporting the bill. Fourteen Democrats and five Republicans did not vote on the resolution, while all other Democrats opposed its passage.[11] Nunnelee did not vote on the resolution.[10][11]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Neutral/Abstain 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] Nunnelee did not vote on the resolution.[13][14]

Campaign contributions

Alan Nunnelee

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Nunnelee's reports.[15]

Alan Nunnelee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$157,091.34$5,736.75$(120,660.60)$42,166.49
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$42,166.49$259,678.83$(83,190.18)$218,655.14
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$218,655.14$205,452.63$(72,130.29)$351,977.48
Year-End Quarterly[19]December 31, 2013$351,977$118,350$(67,677)$428,049
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$428,049.92$59,950.00$(148,618.57)$339,381.35
Running totals

Danny Bedwell

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bedwell's reports.[21]

Danny Bedwell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]March 31, 2014$781.59$3,645.00$(2,055.18)$2,371.41
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Alan Nunnelee (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brad Morris, Jim R. Bourland, Danny Bedwell, and Chris Potts in the general election.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Morris 36.9% 114,076
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Nunnelee Incumbent 60.4% 186,760
     Libertarian Danny Bedwell 1.2% 3,584
     Constitution Jim R. Bourland 0.8% 2,390
     Reform Chris Potts 0.8% 2,367
Total Votes 309,177
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Alan Nunnelee won election to the United States House. He defeated Travis Childers (D), Wally Pang (I), Les Green (I), A.G. Baddley (I), Rick Hoskins (I), Barbara Washer (Reform), Harold Taylor (L) and Gail Giaramita (Constitution) in the general election.[23]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlan Nunnelee 55.3% 121,074
     Democratic Travis W. Childers incumbent 40.8% 89,388
     Independent Wally Pang 1% 2,180
     Independent Les Green 0.9% 2,020
     Independent A. G. Baddley 0.9% 1,882
     Independent Rick "Rico" Hoskins 0.2% 478
     Reform Barbara Dale Washer 0.2% 389
     Libertarian Harold M. Taylor 0.2% 447
     Constitution Gail Giaramita 0.6% 1,235
Total Votes 219,093

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  5. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "CHILDERS, Travis W., (1958 - )," accessed July 1, 2014
  6. Mississippi Business Journal, "Nunnelee moves to Johns Hopkins; still rehabilitating from brain surgery," accessed July 1, 2014
  7. Mississippi Election Code, "Section 23-15-575," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi Mail-in and NVRA Agency Voter Registration Application," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Mississippi Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 30, 2012
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Hill, "House votes to condemn administration over Taliban prisoner swap," September 9, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 485," accessed September 10, 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. Federal Election Commission, "Nunnelee 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  17. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  18. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  19. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  20. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Bedwell Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Danny Bedwell April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013