United States Senate elections in Alabama, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Alabama

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Jeff Sessions Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Alabama will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Jeff Sessions faces no major party challenger in either the primary or general election. Thus, he will certainly be re-elected in November. This election marks the first time in Alabama history that the Democratic Party fielded no candidates for the U.S. Senate race.[3]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 7, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Alabama is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 24, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 25, 2014 (10 days prior to the general election).[7]

See also: Alabama elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election is being held to fill the Class 2 Senate seat held by Jeff Sessions (R). He was first elected in 1996.

Candidates

General election candidates

Republican Party Jeff Sessions


June 3, 2014, primary results
Republican Party Republican Primary

Jeff Sessions - Incumbent Approveda

Race background

Jeff Sessions is completely unopposed in 2014. This election marks the first time in Alabama history that no Democratic candidate is running in the U.S. Senate race.[8]

Key votes

Below are important votes the current incumbent cast during the 113th Congress.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[9] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Jeff Sessions voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[10]

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot accecss
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Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 12, 2013$2,777,227.78$101,243$(47,441.76)$2,831,029.12
July Quarterly[12]July 12, 2013$2,831,029.12$180,280.83$(54,775.34)$2,956,534.61
October Quarterly[13]September 30, 2013$2,956,534.61$220,476.83$(72,397.40)$3,104,614.04
Year-End[14]February 4, 2014$3,104,614$139,315$(66,074)$3,177,855
April Quarterly[15]April 10, 2014$3,177,855$269,443$(103,550)$3,343,748
Pre-Primary[16]May 22, 2014$3,343,748$85,492$(52,964)$3,376,275
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2014$3,376,275$119,439$(124,002)$3,371,713
Running totals
$1,115,689.66$(521,204.5)

Election history

2010

On November 2, 2010, Richard Shelby won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated William Barnes (D) in the general election.[18]

U.S. Senate, Alabama General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Shelby incumbent 65.2% 968,181
     Democratic William Barnes 34.7% 515,619
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 1,699
Total Votes 1,485,499

2008

On November 4, 2008, Jeff Sessions won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Vivian Davis Figures (D) in the general election.[19]

U.S. Senate, Alabama General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Sessions incumbent 63.4% 1,305,383
     Democratic Vivian Davis Figures 36.5% 752,391
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 2,417
Total Votes 2,060,191

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed July 28, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 28, 2014
  3. Ballot Access News, "For First Time in History, Democrats Won’t Run Anyone for U.S. Senate in Alabama," February 17, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Alabama Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Ballot Access News, "For First Time in History, Democrats Won’t Run Anyone for U.S. Senate in Alabama," February 17, 2014
  9. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  10. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions Year-End," accessed June 2, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions April Quarterly," accessed June 2, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Sessions July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013