Florida's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

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

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 13th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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Incumbent David Jolly won re-election in 2014. He defeated Lucas Overby (L) in November.

The former incumbent, C. W. Bill Young (R), who was first elected in 1970, died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[4] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican. A special election was held to fill his vacant seat.[5]

David Jolly defeated former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) to win the special election for Florida's 13th District.[6][7]

Republicans held a small registration edge in the district, but it was a small one--less than 3 percent.

Ed Jany ran as an Independent candidate with no political affiliation, despite being recruited and having had considerable support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[8][9] In a statement on May 13, 2014, Jany ended his campaign, citing an inability to balance the campaign with his professional demands as the reason for ending his campaign.[10]

He previously was a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party out of frustration with the 2013 federal government shutdown.[8] Florida law states that candidates cannot run for a party's nomination unless they have been registered in the party for at least one year.[8] No other Democratic candidate filed to run, which funneled all Democratic support towards Jany.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 2, 2014
August 26, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Florida is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[11][12][13]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[14]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was David Jolly (R). Jolly won election to the U.S. House in a special election on March 11, 2014.[15][16][17]

Florida's 13th Congressional District is located in western Florida and is enclosed entirely in Pinellas county.[18]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 26, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates filed to run

Independent Third Party Candidates

Withdrew from race

Failed to file

Declined to run

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly Incumbent 75.2% 168,172
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 24.7% 55,318
     Write-in Michael Stephen Levinson 0% 86
Total Votes 223,576
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Race background

Republicans held a registration edge in the district, but it was a small one--less than 3 percent.[28]

Incumbent David Jolly (R) defeated former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) to win the special election for Florida's 13th District on March 11, 2014.[29][30]

Ed Jany ran for a brief time as an Independent candidate with no political affiliation, despite being recruited and having the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[8][31] He previously was a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party out of frustration with the 2013 federal government shutdown. In order to comply with a Florida election law, he was then forced to run as an Independent candidate.[8] Florida law states that candidates cannot run for a party's nomination unless they have been registered in the party for at least one year.[8] He ended his campaign on May 13, 2014.[32] In a statement, Jany said an inability to balance the campaign with his professional demands was the reason for ending his campaign.[10]

“It is with deep regret that I announce my withdrawal from the race for U.S. Representative in the Thirteenth District. In my professional capacity, I am responsible for coordinating some of the Command and Control for Security at the World Cup in Brazil this year, something I committed to doing some time ago. I wrongly assumed that I could maintain my professional work requirements while running for office."[10]

David Jolly defeated Lucas Overby (L) in the general election. The race was rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[33]

Voicemail from chairman

Despite initially announcing plans to run, Democratic candidate Manuel Sykes announced on April 30, 2014, that he would not run in 2014. The announcement came after Pinellas County's Democratic chairman Mark Hanisee left a voicemail for Sykes that said he would not have the support from two key Democrats-- former congressional candidate Alex Sink and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman-- if he chose to run.[21]

"Neither one of them are endorsing you, nor is the (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee). They have another candidate. You better hold off, or, like I told you Sunday night, you are going to be persona non grata. Take that to the bank. That's telling you the gospel truth. You're going to be getting a call from Rick Kriseman, if you haven't already, telling you to back off. Have a nice weekend," Hanisee said in the voicemail.[21]

Apology from chairman

Pinellas Democratic Chairman Mark Hanisee said in a written statement on May 9, 2014, "I sincerely regret" leaving a bluntly worded voice mail for Manuel Sykes who was considering running for Congress, and acknowledged it was "disrespectful" for him to do so.[34]

Alex Sink

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel called Alex Sink (D) in March 2014, following the March 11, 2014, special election, to discuss plans to run again in November 2014 after losing to David Jolly (R).[35]

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November. We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor...I did call her last night and left a message. My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November...I have not heard back from her...This is just the day after the special, so we haven’t started thinking about who else may be viable. I am hopeful that Alex and I can talk soon,” Israel said.[35]

Sink said in a statement on April 15, 2014, that she made a “personal decision” not to run in 2014.[21][36]

In her statement Sink said, “I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida. I remain totally convinced that a Democrat can and will win this congressional seat in the fall, and I look forward to helping the Democratic nominee.”[21]

C.W. Bill Young

In April 2013, campaign fundraising figures caused some to speculate whether Young planned to retire, rather than seek re-election in 2014.[37][28] In the first set of campaign finance reports, Young reported raising $58,000 and had $209,000 on hand.[37] Young then announced on October 9, 2013, that when his term ended in 2014 he planned retire.[38] He cited several factors why he chose not to run for re-election, including his health and his desire to spend more time with his family.[38]

Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[39] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican.[40][28]

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.[41] Jolly joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[42][43]

Campaign contributions

David Jolly

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Jolly's reports.[44]

David Jolly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Special[45]January 2, 2014$0$388,450$(246,558)$141,891
Year End[46]January 31, 2014$141,891$13,200$(82,136)$72,954
Pre-Special[47]February 27, 2014$72,954$638,536$(529,301)$182,189
Post-Special[48]April 10, 2014$182,189$352,368$(514,811)$19,746
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2014$19,746$272,607$(95,619)$196,734
Pre-Primary[50]August 14, 2014$196,734$82,505$(172,708)$106,530
October Quarterly[51]October 15, 2014$106,530$150,461$(53,734)$203,257
Running totals
$1,898,127$(1,694,867)

Endorsements

Republican primary

Incumbent David Jolly was added to the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program on April 16, 2014.[52] The program was designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[53]

Democratic primary

Jessica Ehrlich

Jessica Ehrlich picked up the endorsement of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees on October 14, 2013.[54] Ehrlich announced in early November 2013 that she no longer planned to run for the seat.[55]

Polls

Democratic primary

Potential Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Crist Jessica EhrlichCharlie JusticeKen WelchJanet LongScott WagmanAlex SinkUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
October 9, 2013
54%10%8%8%7%2%0%13%+/-5.1367
St. Pete Polls
October 15, 2013
0%19%0%0%0%0%65%6.5%+/-2.31,741
AVERAGES 27% 14.5% 4% 4% 3.5% 1% 32.5% 9.75% +/-3.7 1,054
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Republican primary

Potential Republican candidates
Poll Rick Baker Jeff BrandesJack LatvalaFrank HibbardKaren SeelDavid JollyNeil BrickfieldLarry CrowUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
October 9, 2013
24%12%9%8%7%3%0%0%38%+/-4.7443
St. Pete Polls
October 15, 2013
50%0%0%0%10%2%7%4%28%+/-2.31,741
AVERAGES 37% 6% 4.5% 4% 8.5% 2.5% 3.5% 2% 33% +/-3.5 1,092
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


General election

General election match-up
Poll David Jolly (R) Ed Jany (I)Lucas Overby (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
May 8, 2014
50%30%9%11%+/-3.5795
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General election match-up
Poll David Jolly (R) Alex Sink (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
St. Pete Polls
April 8, 2014
48%46%6%+/-3.3603
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District history

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2013

See also: Florida's 13th Congressional District special election, 2014

Florida's 13th Congressional District held a special election for the U.S. House in 2014. The special election was held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R).

Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury.[56] At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican.[57][58]

David Jolly (R) won election to the U.S. House in the special election on March 11, 2014.[15][16][59][60]

He defeated Kathleen Peters and Mark Bircher in the Republican primary on January 14, 2014.[61] He defeated Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election.[16]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 48.5% 88,294
     Democratic Alex Sink 46.6% 84,877
     Libertarian Lucas Overby 4.8% 8,799
Total Votes 181,970
Source: Unoffocial Results via Associated Press
U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Jolly 44.6% 20,337
Kathleen Peters 31% 14,120
Mark Bircher 24.5% 11,158
Total Votes 45,615
Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press[62]

2012

On November 6, 2012, C. W. Bill Young (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jessica Ehrlich in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngC.W. Bill Young Incumbent 57.6% 189,605
     Democratic Jessica Ehrlich 42.4% 139,742
Total Votes 329,347
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Vern Buchanan won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James T. Golden (D) in the general election.[63]

U.S. House, Florida District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan incumbent 68.8% 183,341
     Democratic James T. Golden 31.2% 83,123
Total Votes 266,464

See also

External links

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