Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bennie Thompson Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

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


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bennie Thompson (D) retained his seat in Congress.

With no Republican challenger, Democratic incumbent Thompson had a smooth ride to re-election in 2014.[4] He defeated challengers Shelley Shoemake (RP) and Troy Ray (I) in the general election.[5] The Cook Political Report rated the race as "Solid Democratic."[6]

In both 2010 and 2012, Thompson was challenged by Republican candidate Bill Marcy, who ran in the 2014 U.S. Senate race under the Democratic Party. Thompson defeated Marcy with a 36.1 percent margin of victory in 2012, which was even larger than his 23.9 percent margin of victory in 2010.[7][8] As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) report, Thompson had raised $686,910.68 and had $1,376,212.64 cash on hand.

Thompson competed against Damien Fairconetue in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014, easily defeating him with 96 percent of the vote.[9]

Thompson was considered a moderate Democrat within the US House of Representatives and often voted with party lines. However, he had proven to disagree with the Obama administration during issues of federal conduct. In early October, Thompson criticized the White House for its investigation into a Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia. He stated that the probe was insufficient and left many questions unanswered. In an email, he wrote: "It is clear that the investigations were not thorough and did not tell the whole story - and I still have concerns about the internal investigative process."[10]

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.[11]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 25, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[12]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bennie Thompson (D), who was first elected in 1993.

Mississippi's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western portion of the state and includes Jefferson, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Warren, Issaquena, Sharkey, Yazoo, Madison, Leake, Attala, Washington, Humphreys, Holmes, Sunflower, Bolivar, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Grenada, Yalobusha, Panola, Tallahatchie, Quitman, Coahoma and Tunica counties.[13]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

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Elections

General election results

The 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bennie Thompson (D) defeated challengers Shelley Shoemake (RP) and Troy Ray (I) in the general election.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 67.7% 100,688
     Independent Troy Ray 24.5% 36,465
     Reform Shelley Shoemake 7.7% 11,493
Total Votes 148,646
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State Official Results

Primary results

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 95.7% 41,618
Damien Fairconetue 4.3% 1,860
Total Votes 43,478
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Democratic primary results

Campaign contributions

Bennie Thompson

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Thompson's reports.[14]

Bennie Thompson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$1,192,547.83$80,101.98$(71,497.34)$1,201,152.47
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$1,201,152.47$198,445.56$(131,049.54)$1,268,548.49
October Quarterly[17]October 11, 2013$1,268,548.49$174,354.99$(107,647.08)$1,335,256.40
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$1,335,256$138,159$(126,524)$1,345,846
April Quarterly[19]April 14, 2014$1,345,846.73$95,849.15$(65,483.24)$1,376,212.64
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,372,470$120,432$(136,111)$1,356,796
Running totals
$807,342.68$(638,312.2)

District history

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2012

The 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Bennie Thompson won re-election in the district.[20]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson Incumbent 67.1% 214,978
     Republican Bill Marcy 31% 99,160
     Independent Cobby Williams 1.4% 4,605
     Reform Lajena Williams 0.5% 1,501
Total Votes 320,244
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Bennie Thompson won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Bill Marcy (R) and Ashley Norwood (Reform) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBennie Thompson incumbent 61.5% 105,327
     Republican Bill Marcy 37.6% 64,499
     Reform Ashley Norwood 0.9% 1,530
Total Votes 171,356

See also

External links

References

  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. Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014
  5. Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014
  6. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  7. Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed July 1, 2014
  8. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Total Votes Reported by County for the 2012 General Election," accessed July 1, 2014
  9. Associated Press, "Mississippi - Summary Vote Results," accessed July 1, 2014
  10. The Hill, Top Dem Unhappy with Internal Probe into Prostitution Scandal," October 10, 2014
  11. Mississippi Election Code, "Section 23-15-575," accessed January 3, 2014
  12. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi Mail-in and NVRA Agency Voter Registration Application," accessed January 3, 2014
  13. Mississippi Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 30, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Thompson 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  15. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  16. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  18. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013