Florida State Senate elections, 2014

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Florida State Senate elections, 2014

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Elections for the office of Florida State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on August 26, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 20, 2014.

Republicans hold a 12 seat lead in the Senate, which is 60 percent of the 20 seats up for election in 2014. This chamber was not expected to change control in 2014.

Following the general election, there was no change to the majority control of the Florida State Senate. Neither party lost any seats, maintaining the 26 to 14 margin the Republican Party has over Democratic Party.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Florida State Senate:

Florida State Senate
Party As of November 3, 2014 After November 4, 2014
     Democratic Party 14 14
     Republican Party 26 26
Total 40 40

Qualifications

To run for the Florida State Senate, candidates must be 21 years old, have lived in Florida for two years and live in the district they intend to serve.[1]

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

2014 Competitiveness Overview
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In 15 of the 20 districts up for election in 2014, there was only one major party candidate running for election. A total of two Democrats and 13 Republicans were guaranteed election barring unforeseen circumstances.

Two major party candidates faced off in the general election in five of the 20 districts up for election. Just one of these seats, District 34, held mildly competitive elections in 2012.

  • District 34: Incumbent Maria Sachs (D) defeated Ellyn Bogdanoff (R) in the general election. Sachs won in 2012 by a margin of victory of 6 percent.

Primary challenges

A total of seven incumbents faced primary competition on August 26. Another 13 incumbents advanced past the primary without opposition. The state senators that faced primary competition were:

Retiring incumbents

No incumbent senators retired in 2014.

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Greg Evers Approveda - Incumbent Evers was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Greg EversGreen check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
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  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Aaron Bean Approveda - Incumbent Bean was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Aaron Bean Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Kathleen Trued: 66,786
Republican Party John Thrasher: 105,901 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Greg Feldman: 9,388

District 8

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:

Note: Richard Dembinsky (I) withdrew from the ballot on June 25, 2014.

November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Dorothy L. Hukill Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • David Simmons Approveda - Incumbent Simmons was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party David Simmons: 101,241 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Walter Osborne: 44,959

District 12

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Geraldine F. Thompson: 67,084 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Edward DeAguilera: 39,456

District 14

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Darren Soto Approveda - Incumbent Soto was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Darren Soto: 71,029 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Devin Norton: 23,625

District 16

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Thad Altman Green check mark transparent.png

Note: Lloyd Stanton French (I) withdrew in early September.[2]

District 18

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Wilton Simpson Approveda - Incumbent Simpson was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Wilton Simpson Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
Libertarian Party August 26 Libertarian Party of Florida primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Jack Latvala: 120,277 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Tony Caso: 47,652

District 22

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Jeff Brandes Approveda - Incumbent Brandes was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Judithanne McLauchlan: 74,804
Republican Party Jeff Brandes: 101,983 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Tom Lee Approveda - Incumbent Lee was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Tom Lee: 104,925 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Brandon R. Thebeau (write-in): 379
Independent Steven P. Warren (write-in): 106

District 26

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Bill Galvano Approveda - Incumbent Galvano was first elected to the chamber in 2012.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Bill Galvano Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Nancy Detert Approveda - Incumbent Detert was first elected to the chamber in 2008.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Nancy Detert Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Lizbeth Benacquisto Green check mark transparent.png

District 32

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Bruno Moore: 58,388
Republican Party Joe Negron: 117,320 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Matthew Joshua Loew (write-in): 41

District 34

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • Maria Sachs Approveda - Incumbent Sachs was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:

Note: Joseph "JB" Bensmihen withdrew on June 26.[3]

November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Maria Sachs: 87,340 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ellyn Bogdanoff: 80,353

District 36

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Independent Independent candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Oscar Braynon: 96,445 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent William Burton Moreland (write-in): 47

District 38

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
  • Rene Garcia Approveda - Incumbent Garcia was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Rene Garcia Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party August 26 Democratic primary candidates:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party August 26 Republican primary candidates:
November 4 General election candidates:
Republican Party Miguel Diaz de la Portilla Green check mark transparent.png

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