Florida's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Corrine Brown Democratic Party
Corrine Brown.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe D[3]

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

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The 5th Congressional District of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Corrine Brown (D) was first elected in 1992. She is seeking her twelfth term in 2014. She faced no primary challenger, but will face Republican nominee Gloreatha Scurry-Smith in the general election.

On July 10, 2014, a Florida judge threw out the state's 2012 congressional redistricting plan. In the ruling he found that Republicans "conspired to manipulate the boundaries to protect the party's majority in Washington and 'made a mockery' of the rules of transparency in the process."[4] He also specifically ordered that two of the state's districts--Florida's 5th Congressional District and Florida's 10th Congressional District-- should be redrawn as they violated a "Fair Districts Florida" standard approved by voters in 2010 to ban legislators from favoring or protecting incumbents.[4]

On July 15, 2014, Republicans in the Florida State Legislature announced they would not appeal the ruling that found that the state's map for congressional districts unconstitutional. Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a joint statement that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections.[5][6][7]

Florida legislative leaders announced on August 3, 2014, a special week-long session to revise the congressional redistricting map declared invalid by a state judge.[8] The announcement came after Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis once again ordered lawmakers on August 1, 2014, to revise the congressional redistricting map to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional. Lewis gave the Legislature until August 15, 2014, to fix the map, an action that required a special session of the Legislature and an abrupt halt to lawmakers' summer vacations and to their campaigning, as lawmakers may not raise campaign money while the Legislature is in session.[8]

On August 11, 2014, the Florida State Legislature approved new maps that altered seven of the state's congressional districts.[9][10]

Lewis also said he was considering calling a special election after the November 4, 2014, general election for the affected districts and called for a hearing to allow lawyers for both sides in the case to present arguments on what the court should decide.[8]

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 have 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 is Corrine Brown (D), who was first elected in 1992.

Florida's 5th Congressional District snakes vertically through northeastern Florida and includes portions of Duval, Caly, Putnam, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Seminole and Orange counties.[15]


General election candidates

August 26, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

Primary results

U.S. House, Florida District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlo Smith 63% 10,968
Twee Lowe 37% 6,451
Total Votes 17,419
Source: Florida Division of Elections


Whiteface vandalism

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith's campaign sign was vandalized with whiteface paint in June 2014. The act was part of a series of incidents against African-American Republican candidates in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.[18] The sign was situated on private property in view of Interstate 10 in Jacksonville. The vandal sprayed white paint over the face of Scurry-Smith, who is African-American.[18]


On January 16, 2014, two men--William Everett Warinner and James C. Miller Sr.-- from Gainesville, Florida, filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order the Florida Legislature to redraw the map for the 5th District before the November 2014 election.[19] The men claimed that the "serpentine route" of the district deprives them of their 14th Amendment right to equal protection because the district was drawn with race as the predominant factor.[19] The men requested the court discard the map and prevent another election from being held using those district boundaries.[19] New district maps were approved on August 11, 2014.

Key votes

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

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[20] 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.[21] Corrine Brown voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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. Corrine Brown voted for HR 2775.[24]

Campaign contributions

Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$1,117.75$49,633.28$(32,905.02)$17,846.01
July Quarterly[26]July 15, 2013$17,846.01$39,489.90$(57,335.91)$-44.74
October Quarterly[27]October 13, 2013$-44.74$50,501.66$(51,038.44)$-581.52
Year-end[28]January 31, 2014$-581$63,167$(33,646)$28,939
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$28,939$66,514$(59,339)$36,114
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2014$36,114$78,740$(75,281)$39,572
Pre-Primary [31]August 14, 2014$39,572$46,986$(30,564)$55,994
Running totals

Thuy Lowe

Thuy Lowe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[32]January 31, 2014$0$3,366$(3,082)$284
April Quarterly[33]April 15, 2014$284$4,254$(3,989)$549
Running totals

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith

Gloreatha Scurry-Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[34]July 15, 2013$0$0$(0)$0
October Quarterly[35]October 15, 2013$0$5,700$(183)$5,516
Year End[36]January 31, 2014$5,516$12,508$(14,413)$3,611
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2014$3,611$21,591$(18,104)$7,098
July Quarterly[38]July 15, 2014$7,098$30,254$(32,300)$5,052
Pre-Primary[39]August 14, 2014$5,052$21,238$(19,240)$7,049
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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On November 6, 2012, Corrine Brown (D) won re-election to the United States House. She defeated LeAnne Kolb, Eileen Fleming and Bruce Ray Riggs in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCorrine Brown Incumbent 70.8% 190,472
     Republican LeAnne Kolb 26.3% 70,700
     Independent Eileen Fleming 3% 7,978
     Independent Bruce Ray Riggs 0% 3
Total Votes 269,153
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Richard Nugent won election to the United States House. He defeated James "Jim" Piccillo (D) in the general election.[40]

U.S. House, Florida District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Nugent 67.4% 208,815
     Democratic James "Jim" Piccillo 32.6% 100,858
Total Votes 309,673

See also

External links


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