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Florida's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Ander Crenshaw Republican Party
Ander Crenshaw.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 4th Congressional District of Florida held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Ander Crenshaw (R) was first elected in 2000 and won election to his eighth term in 2014.

He survived a primary challenge from James Ryman Shoaf and faced Independent candidates Gary Koniz and Paula Moser-Bartlett and write-in Deborah Katz Pueschel in the general election. The 2014 election marked Koniz's third time challenging Crenshaw and Pueschel's fourth attempt.

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 Ander Crenshaw (R), who was first elected in 2000.

Florida's 4th Congressional District is located in northern Florida and includes Baker, Nassau and Duval counties.[8]


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

Election results

General election

U.S. House, Florida District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw Incumbent 78.3% 177,887
     Independent Paula Moser-Bartlett 15.7% 35,663
     Independent Gary Koniz 6% 13,690
     Write-in Deborah Katz Pueschel 0% 13
Total Votes 227,253
Source: Florida Division of Elections

Primary election

U.S. House, Florida District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw Incumbent 70.9% 38,613
Ryman Shoaf 29.1% 15,817
Total Votes 54,430
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 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.[11] Crenshaw joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]


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.[14] 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.[15] Ander Crenshaw voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

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.[17] 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. Ander Crenshaw voted for HR 2775.[18]


IRS targets

Incumbent Ander Crenshaw, acting as the chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee, met with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen on May 23, 2014, and urged him to continue to investigate the IRS targeting conservative and tea party groups.[19]

“As chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, I’ve been fighting to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable for more than a year. Their initial rule has been wrong for the nation from the start. I hope Commissioner Koskinen reviews the findings of the various ongoing investigations before proposing a revised rule. Moving forward, as head of the subcommittee that funds the IRS, I will continue to keep a close eye on the process to ensure that the First Amendment rights of Americans are protected,” Crenshaw said.[19]


On May 8, 2014, Ander Crenshaw said he backed efforts to create a House committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.[20]

“No matter how you look at it – justice has not been served for the four Americans killed in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11, 2012. The White House can claim all it wants that the questions of this tragic night have been answered. But, that is not so, and this tragic case has long deserved the investigation of a Select Committee...This is a point made more relevant after a White House email revealed that discussions were being held over how former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should characterize Benghazi in news interviews. Speaker Boehner is absolutely doing the right thing by convening a Select Committee. What really happened the night of Sept. 11, 2012? The families of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, a Foreign Service information officer, and two security personnel killed at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi, Libya, deserve to know. So do Congress and the rest of America,” Crenshaw said.[20]

Campaign contributions

Ander Crenshaw

Ander Crenshaw (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 14, 2013$369,182.94$87,403.44$(68,943.12)$387,643.26
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$387,643.26$143,541.84$(61,290.97)$469,894.13
October Quarterly[23]October 13, 2013$469,894.13$41,967.77$(52,411)$459,450
Year-end[24]January 30, 2014$459,450$65,300$(82,115)$442,635
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$442,635$124,224$(83,696)$483,163
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2014$483,163$266,524$(148,819)$601,489
Pre-Primary[27]August 14, 2014$601,489$264,847$(652,911)$222,781
October Quarterly[28]October 15, 2014$222,781$166,354$(307,569)$81,713
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Ander Crenshaw (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gary Koniz and James Klauder in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw Incumbent 76.1% 239,988
     Independent Gary Koniz 0.1% 246
     Independent James Klauder 23.8% 75,236
Total Votes 315,470
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Ander Crenshaw won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Troy D. Stanley (Independent), Deborah "Deb" Katz Puschel (Independent) and Gary L. Koniz (Independent) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Florida District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAnder Crenshaw 77.2% 178,238
     Independent Troy D. Stanley 22.8% 52,540
     Independent Deborah "Deb" Katz Puschel 0% 40
     Independent Gary L. Koniz 0% 27
Total Votes 230,845

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. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed May 2, 2014
  10. James Ryman Shoaf for Congress Facebook Page, "Home," accessed March 1, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Sunshine State News, "Ander Crenshaw Urges IRS Chief to Continue Investigating," accessed May 27, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Sunshine State News, "Ander Crenshaw Backs Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attacks," accessed May 27, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 19, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Ander Crenshaw October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Ander Crenshaw July Quarterly," accessed September 30, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Ander Crenshaw Pre-Primary," accessed September 30, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Ander Crenshaw October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013