Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Mississippi's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Steven Palazzo Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Steven Palazzo Republican Party
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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 4th Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Steven Palazzo (R) retained his seat in Congress. He defeated challengers Matt Moore (D), Joey Robinson (L), Sarge Jackson (RP), Cindy Burleson (I) and Ed Reich (I) in the general election.[4]

After a competitive primary election on June 3, 2014, Palazzo had no trouble securing re-election to his U.S. House seat in 2014. Palazzo also faced a rematch against Matt Moore in the November general election. In 2012, Palazzo defeated Moore in the general election, by a margin of 64.1 to 28.8 percent.[5] As of the April Quarterly Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, Moore had not reported any campaign contributions, whereas Palazzo had $402,597.76 in cash on hand. Furthermore, The Cook Political Report rated Palazzo's seat as "Solid Republican," meaning that this race was highly unlikely to be competitive.[6]

Palazzo competed against four other candidates for the Republican nomination in the primary, but of particular interest was former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor. Taylor served in the U.S. House as a Democratic representative from 1989 to 2011, before changing his party affiliation to run in 2014.[7] Palazzo unseated Taylor in the 2010 general election by a mere 5.1 percent margin of victory, and after Taylor switched to the Republican ticket, Palazzo defeated him by 7.5 percent in the 2014 Republican primary. In Mississippi, a candidate needed at least 50 percent of the vote in order to avoid a runoff election, and Palazzo earned 50.5 percent, narrowly avoiding a runoff against Taylor.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Steven Palazzo (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Mississippi's 4th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes Marion, Lamar, Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, Stone, Forrest, Jones, Perry, Jackson, George, Greene, Wayne and Clarke counties.[12]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Elections

General election results

The 4th Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Steven Palazzo (R) defeated challengers Matt Moore (D), Joey Robinson (L), Sarge Jackson (RP), Cindy Burleson (I) and Ed Reich (I) in the general election.

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 70% 106,277
     Democratic Matt Moore 24.3% 36,858
     Libertarian Joey Robinson 2.2% 3,387
     Reform Eli Jackson 0.6% 896
     Independent Cindy Burleson 2.4% 3,613
     Independent Ed Reich 0.6% 836
Total Votes 151,867
Source: Politico 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Primary results

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 50.5% 54,268
Gene Taylor 43% 46,133
Tom Carter 4.6% 4,955
Tavish Kelly 1.1% 1,129
Ron Vincent 0.8% 904
Total Votes 107,389
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results
U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Moore 55.7% 6,355
Trish Causey 44.3% 5,063
Total Votes 11,418
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Democratic primary results

Issues

Federal aid in Mississippi

In a speech at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Gene Taylor began actively campaigning against Steven Palazzo, his opponent in the primary, attacking him for voting against federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. In his speech, Taylor argued that Mississippi greatly needed federal aid after Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of federal aid for storm relief. Taylor also criticized Palazzo for wanting to cut the military budget, claiming that this would hurt military bases and thereby national defense as a whole.[13]

Endorsements

Steven Palazzo

Endorsements for incumbent Steven Palazzo included:[14]

  • Governor Phil Bryant[14]
    • “Congressman Steven Palazzo has worked hard for Mississippians in the Fourth District, and I hope he will continue to do so. I intend to support him in this campaign.”
  • Senator Thad Cochran[14]
    • “I’ve enjoyed working with Congressman Palazzo to fix the flood insurance program, help Camp Shelby and the National Guard, and tackle other issues important to the Fourth Congressional District. Steven has been a conservative voice for South Mississippi, and the seniority he has accumulated on key Congressional committees serves his district well.”
  • Senator Roger Wicker[14]
    • “Steven has been a solid member of the House Republican Majority for the last four years. The contributions he’s made to national defense and Mississippi’s economic development make him deserving of re-election.”
  • Gregg Harper, Representative for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District[14]
    • “Steven is a proven conservative leader who has consistently fought for a strong national defense and a government that is more accountable to the people. Because of his leadership, South Mississippians will experience the full benefits of the coastal restoration and economic development projects resulting from the RESTORE Act. I urge you to join Sidney and me in supporting my friend, Steven Palazzo, for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.”
  • Alan Nunnelee, Representative for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District[14]
    • “I have served in Congress with Steven Palazzo since 2010. Steven was sent to Washington because the values of South Mississippians were not reflected in the policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. Over the past four years, Steven has worked hard to make sure the values of South Mississippians are well represented both at home and in Washington.”
  • Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves[14]
    • “Steven is the true conservative choice for South Mississippi. He’s fought for his constituents by delivering flood insurance relief and advocating for South Mississippi’s defense and aerospace installations and our many military veterans.”
  • Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn[14]
    • “I’ve known and supported Steven for many years now. I had the pleasure of working with him in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He has always been a strong conservative voice in Mississippi, and I look forward to his continued service as one of Mississippi’s Congressmen.”
  • State Auditor Stacey Pickering[14]
    • “Congressman Palazzo has been a champion for South Mississippi. Steven is an important conservative voice in Washington. As a constituent, I look forward to supporting Steven and working to re-elect him.”
  • State Treasurer Lynn Fitch[14]
    • “As a steward of Mississippi tax dollars, I deeply appreciate Steven’s work to control our nation’s out-of-control spending and reduce our crushing debt under the Obama Administration. From his days in the State Legislature to representing the Fourth Congressional District, Steven has been a consistent conservative voice. He has also been a leader in the effort to provide coast residents some relief from rising flood insurance rates. Mississippi needs Steven Palazzo in Washington.”
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith[14]
    • “I have always known Congressman Palazzo to be a very hard worker, not only dedicated to his constituents but also to the State of Mississippi. Please join me in supporting Steven Palazzo.”
  • Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney[14]
    • “Steven Palazzo has been a stalwart supporter of our efforts to keep homeowner insurance rates reasonable for all of Mississippi, especially the coastal communities. I applaud his efforts to lead our delegation to bring common sense to the National Flood Insurance Program and help prevent draconian rate increases in flood insurance. I am deeply grateful for his continued support of Veterans. As Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner, I enthusiastically endorse Congressman Steven Palazzo for his 2014 re-election to Congress.”

Key votes

Government affairs

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.[15] Palazzo joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[16][17]

Campaign contributions

Steven Palazzo

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palazzo's reports.[18]

Steven Palazzo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2013$269,796.17$69,750.00$(26,394.66)$313,151.51
July Quarterly[20]July 15, 2013$313,151.51$161,126.13$(38,571.55)$435,706.09
October Quarterly[21]October 15, 2013$435,706.09$37,920.00$(134,764.22)$338,861.87
Year-End Quarterly[22]December 31, 2013$338,861$48,100$(42,917)$344,043
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2014$344,043.90$174,788.33$(116,234.47)$402,597.76
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$279,803$158,715$(314,485)$126,084
Running totals
$650,399.46$(673,366.9)

Tom Carter

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Carter's reports.[24]

Tom Carter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$0.00$205,328.37$(2,304.27)$203,024.10
Running totals
$205,328.37$(2,304.27)

Gene Taylor

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Taylor's reports.[26]

Gene Taylor (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2014$0.00$83,040.86$(33,799.27)$49,241.59
Running totals
$83,040.86$(33,799.27)

Tavish Kelly

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kelly's reports.[28]

Tavish Kelly Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[29]January 15, 2014$100.00$6,659.91$(2,578.46)$4,181.45
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2014$4,181.45$2,614.01$(2,749.09)$4,046.37
Running totals
$9,273.92$(5,327.55)

District history

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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Steven Palazzo won re-election in the district.[31]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Steven Palazzo (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated Gene Talyor (D), Anna Revies (Reform) and Kenneth Hampton (L) in the general election.[32]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo 51.9% 105,613
     Democratic Gene Taylor incumbent 46.8% 95,243
     Reform Anna Jewel Revies 0.4% 787
     Libertarian Kenneth "Tim" Hampton 0.9% 1,741
Total Votes 203,384

See also

External links

References

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  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. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Total Votes Reported by County for the 2012 General Election," accessed July 1, 2014
  6. The Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for June 26, 2014," accessed July 1, 2014
  7. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "TAYLOR, Gary Eugene (Gene), (1953 - )," accessed July 2, 2014
  8. Politico, "Steven Palazzo holds on against Gene Taylor," accessed July 2, 2014
  9. Hattiesburg American, "Palazzo, Moore appear set for Nov. 4 Congressional tilt," accessed July 2, 2014
  10. Mississippi Election Code, "Section 23-15-575," accessed January 3, 2014
  11. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi Mail-in and NVRA Agency Voter Registration Application," accessed January 3, 2014
  12. Mississippi Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 30, 2012
  13. Sun Herald, "Taylor wastes no time going after Palazzo in Mississippi's 4th District," accessed April 3, 2014
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  15. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  16. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Palazzo 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  19. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  20. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  21. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  22. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12 2014
  23. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Carter Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Tom Carter April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Taylor Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Gene Taylor April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Tavish Kelly Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Tavish Kelly Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Tavish Kelly April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Mississippi"
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013