Florida's 16th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 16th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Vern Buchanan Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Vern Buchanan Republican Party
Vern Buchanan.jpg

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 16th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Vern Buchanan (R), who was first elected in 2006, won re-election to a fifth term in 2014. He faced no primary challenge but defeated Democratic nominee Henry Lawrence and write-in candidates Joe Newman and Daniel Durso in the general election.

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Vern Buchanan (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Florida's 16th Congressional District is located in west central Florida and includes all of Sarasota county and part of Manatee county.[8]


General election candidates

August 26, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Independent Third Party Candidates

Failed to file

Withdrew from race

Election results

U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan Incumbent 61.5% 169,126
     Democratic Henry Lawrence 38.4% 105,483
     Write-in Joe Newman 0.1% 220
Total Votes 274,829
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Key votes

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

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 RepublicansThomas 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.[16] Buchanan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[17][18]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Vern Buchanan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government 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.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Vern Buchanan voted for HR 2775.[23]

Campaign contributions

Vern Buchanan

Henry Lawrence

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Vern Buchanan (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Keith Fitzgerald in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVern Buchanan Incumbent 53.6% 187,147
     Democratic Keith Fitzgerald 46.4% 161,929
Total Votes 349,076
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Thomas J. Rooney won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jim Horn (D) and William Dean (I) in the general election.[35]

U.S. House, Florida District 16 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas J. Rooney incumbent 66.8% 162,285
     Democratic Jim Horn 33.1% 80,327
     Independent William Dean 0.1% 151
Total Votes 242,763

See also

External links


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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 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. Florida Division of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 5, 2012
  9. Bradenton Herald, "Henry Lawrence to challenge for Vern Buchanan's seat in Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  10. Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed April 2, 2014
  11. UPI.com, "101-year-old Florida man runs for Congress," accessed February 19, 2014
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  13. Bradenton Herald, "Democrat Mitch Mallett to challenge Rep. Vern Buchanan for seat in Congress," accessed October 30, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Termination Report," accessed February 24, 2014
  15. Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed November 19, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  17. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  18. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Vern Buchanan October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Lawrence July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Lawrence Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Henry Lawrence October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013