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Florida's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steve Southerland II 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 2nd Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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: Voters must register to vote in the primary by June 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 Steve Southerland II (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Florida's 2nd Congressional District consists of the eastern part of the Florida Panhandle. It includes the counties of Washington, Bay, Jackson, Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Taylor and part of Madison county.[5]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

Race background

Incumbent Steve Southerland (R) can expect a major challenge in 2014, as House Majority PAC, a Democratic super-PAC, has listed him as one of their top 10 targets.[8] Also, Democrats have an advantage in this district with a 21 percent registration edge over the Republicans.[9]

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) launched a new program in May 2013, dubbed the Jumpstart program, aimed at cultivating strong candidates in targeted districts for the 2014 elections.[10]

The Jumpstart program sets out to “provide early financial, communications, operational and strategic support to help top-tier candidates get a head start in these highly-targeted races,” according to a memo sent to donors and supporters.[10] Eight Democrats have been included on a list for the program so far, including Gwen Graham, daughter of former Florida Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham.[10]


General election match-up: Southerland v. Graham
Poll Steve Southerland (R) Gwen Graham (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Clarity Campaign Labs
August 27-28, 2013
Public Policy Polling
October 21-22, 2013
Anzalone Liszt Grove Research
March 2-6, 2014
AVERAGES 42.33% 42% 15.67% +/-3.48 872.33
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


House Majority PAC

See also: House Majority PAC

House Majority PAC's October 2013 video, "Their Games."

House Majority PAC launched a $70,000 ad buy against Steve Southerland in October 2013, saying he “should be ashamed” of supporting the shutdown.[11]

The ad also accuses Southerland of playing politics by choosing economic turmoil, elimination of retirement accounts and job losses over a bipartisan plan to reopen the government and save the country from becoming a “deadbeat” on its bills.[11]

“Steve Southerland’s reckless Tea Party government shutdown cost our economy $24 billion, yet rather than back a bipartisan plan to end this manmade debacle, Southerland actually voted to drive our nation off an economic cliff,” House Majority PAC Communications Director Andy Stone said in a press release. "The jobs, retirement accounts and wellbeing of families, seniors and veterans in north and northwest Florida apparently didn’t merit Steve Southerland’s concern – even though Southerland was still getting his taxpayer-funded salary.”[11]

Americans for Prosperity

See also: Americans for Prosperity

Americans for Prosperity's October 2013 ad, "Steve Southerland is Fighting for Us."

Americans for Prosperity February 2014 ad, "Steve Southerland Didn't Fall for the Lie of the Year."

Americans for Prosperity April 2014 ad, "Steve Southerland Puts Us First."

The group Americans for Prosperity released several ads in 2013, including one thanking Steve Southerland for opposing the Affordable Care Act, highlighting the glitches on the new health-care exchanges Web site.[12] The ads are part of a multi-wave campaign totaling more than $2 million.[12]

The group released a second ad in February 2014, "Steve Southerland Didn't Fall for the Lie of the Year," which cast Southerland as a steadfast opponent of Obamacare. It ran for three weeks in the district and cost an estimated $160,000.[13][14]

The group released another ad on April 1, 2014, that again thanked Southerland for his opposition to Obamacare.[15] The ad asserted the law was not working, but did not mention repeal.[15]


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.[16] 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.[17] Steve Southerland II voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" 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.[19] 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. Steve Southerland II voted against HR 2775.[20]


Gwen Graham (D) was endorsed by the Blue Dog PAC on February 25, 2014.[21]

Campaign contributions

Steve Southerland

Steve Southerland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2013$101,781.70$53,658.68$(55,162.33)$10,027.14
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$100,278.14$464,990.62$(88,528.75)$476,740.01
October Quarterly[24]October 13, 2013$476,740.01$254,271.68$(76,355.46)$654,656.23
Year-end[25]January 24, 2014$654,656.23$263,966$(78,681)$839,941
Running totals

Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R) attended a December 2013 fundraiser for Steve Southerland (R).[26] The event was held at Panama City-businessman J. Carey Scott III’s home.[26]

Gwen Graham

Gwen Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[27]July 15, 2013$0.00$377,448.96$(73,492.79)$303,956.17
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2013$303,956.17$453,159.84$(91,128.09)$665,987.92
Year End[29]January 31, 2014$665,987$474,779$(91,262)$1,049,504
Running totals

Cleave Drummond

Cleave Drummond (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 11, 2013$115.39$360.99$(402.72)$73.66
July Quarterly[31]July 9, 2013$73.66$181.59$(215.36)$39.89
October Quarterly[32]October 2, 2013$39.89$0.00$(15.00)$24.89
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$24$0$(0)$24
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Steve Southerland II (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Alfred Lawson and Floyd Patrick Miller in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Al Lawson 47.2% 157,634
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Southerland II Incumbent 52.7% 175,856
     Independent Floyd Patrick Miller 0.1% 228
Total Votes 333,718
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Steve Southerland II won election to the United States House. He defeated Allen Boyd (D), Paul C. McKain (I), Dianne Berryhill (I) and Ray Netherwood (I) in the general election.[34]

U.S. House, Florida District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Southerland II 53.6% 136,371
     Democratic Allen Boyd incumbent 41.4% 105,211
     Independent Paul C. McKain 2.8% 7,135
     Independent Dianne Berryhill 2.2% 5,705
     Independent Ray Netherwood 0% 16
Total Votes 254,438

See also

External links


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  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. Miami Herald "In daughter's Congress bid, Bob Graham co-host's big-name fundraiser at Brian Ballard home" accessed May 10, 2013
  7. Luther Lee for Congress, "Home," accessed February 11, 2014
  8. Sunshine State News "Democratic Super PAC Targets Steve Southerland" accessed March 8, 2013
  9. Sunshine State News "Florida Congressional Races 2014 Early Look Where Fur will Fly" accessed March 8, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Roll Call "Democrats Launch New Program for House Recruits" accessed May 10, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Saint Peters Blog, "House Majority PAC launches new TV ad against incumbent Steve Southerland," accessed October 21, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Washington Post, "Conservative group launches House ads hitting Obamacare Web site glitches," accessed October 24, 2013
  13. Politico, "AFP boosts vulnerable Steve Southerland," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. The Hill, "," accessed February 10, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Tampa Bay Times, "Americans for Prosperity launches ad thanking Southerland for Obamacare opposition," accessed April 2, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Washington Post, "Centrist Dem ‘Blue Dogs’ endorse trio of House candidates," accessed February 26, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 18, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed January 27, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 The News Herald, "U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to attend Southerland fundraiser," accessed January 28, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 29, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013