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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

Incumbent prior to election:
Vern Buchanan Republican Party
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Florida U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Vern Buchanan (R), who was first elected in 2006, is seeking re-election to a fifth term in 2014. He faces no primary challenge, but will face Democratic nominee Henry Lawrence and write-in candidate Joe Newman 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters have to register by July 28, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.[5]


Failed to file

Withdrew from race

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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.[14] Vern Buchanan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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.[16] 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.[17]

Campaign contributions

Vern Buchanan

Vern Buchanan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$125,656.55$426,726.66$(153,608.89)$398,774.32
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$398,774.32$397,586.88$(297,170.48)$499,190.72
October Quarterly[20]October 13, 2013$499,190.72$171,161.18$(127,496.35)$542,855.55
Year-end[21]January 31, 2014$542,855$151,868$(72,365)$622,359
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$622,359$134,961$(85,975)$671,345
Running totals

District history

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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.[23]

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


  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. Florida Division of Elections Website, "Register to Vote," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  6. Bradenton Herald, "Henry Lawrence to challenge for Vern Buchanan's seat in Congress," accessed February 3, 2014
  7. Florida Election Division, "Candidate List," accessed April 2, 2014
  8., "101-year-old Florida man runs for Congress," accessed February 19, 2014
  9. Bradenton Herald, "Democrat Mitch Mallett to challenge Rep. Vern Buchanan for seat in Congress," accessed October 30, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Herald Tribune, "List of challengers against Buchanan grows for 2014," accessed December 2, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Termination Report," accessed February 24, 2014
  12. Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed November 19, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013