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October 29, 2013

By Joel Williams

On November 5, 2013, there are fifteen special elections scheduled. Of these, ten seats were previously held by Democrats, while Republicans held five. Nine of the fifteen seats may possibly switch party control. The following table lists where these special elections are taking place:

Special elections on November 5, 2013
State Elections
Georgia 4
Massachusetts 1
Michigan 1
Mississippi 3
New Hampshire 1
New York 1
Texas 1
Washington 3

Washington's Senate Battle

Party As of August 2014
     Democratic Party 25
     Republican Party 24
Total 49

Background

In December 2012, Tim Sheldon (D), Rodney Tom (D) and 23 Republicans signed a pledge to form a majority caucus called the Majority Coalition Caucus, wresting control of the Senate from the Democratic caucus which had maintained an advantage following the 2012 election. Under this arrangement, Sheldon became President Pro Tempore and Tom became Senate Majority Leader, with Republicans filling the remaining leadership positions. Though hailed by caucus members as a bellwether of cooperation, Democrats disagreed with claims of bipartisanship.

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, three committees are chaired by Democrats, 11 by Republicans, and one is co-chaired.[1]

Prior to the formation of the Majority Coalition Caucus, Washington had a Democratic trifecta. A state government trifecta is when one political party holds the governorship and a majority in both legislative chambers.

Special election

Sen. Derek Kilmer (D) won elect to the United States House of Representatives in November 2012. His term in the state senate runs until 2014. Democratic precinct committee officers chose Nathan Schlicher (D) to fill his seat during the 2013 session and a special election for the rest of his term will be held on November 5, with a primary on August 6.[2][3]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic PartyNathan Schlicher
Republican Party Jan Angel

Analysis

This campaign has drawn significant interest because the Republican-led coalition currently holds a one-vote majority in the chamber. Analysts believe that should Angel win the seat, it may give Republicans a foothold that will be hard to lose in the midterm elections next year. A win for Schlicher, however, may seal the fate of the Republican-lead coalition in those same elections. Internal polling by both Democrats and Republicans showed the race to be a virtual tie. The district is considered evenly split, with President Obama winning by 900 votes in the 2012 presidential election.[4]

If history is any indication of this election's outcome, Angel has the upper hand. Schlicher, chosen by the district's Democratic committee, has never won an election in this district. Angel, meanwhile, has won election to the house three times in this district. In an August 6 primary that was mostly formality, Angel defeated Schlicher by more than nine points - 54.6% to 45.4%.[4]

Finance

This race has become the most expensive state legislative race in state history, with nearly $2.4 million spent on the race. The candidates themselves reported spending nearly $1.2 million, while outside spending as accounted for another $1.2 million. More than half of that million has been spent in opposition of Angel. Schlicher raised more than $500,00 and Angel raised almost $675,000. Republicans have cried out against the outside spending of California billionaire Tom Steyer, who donated $400,000 to Schlicher through his PAC. "A California billionaire wants to buy this seat and rent this caucus," said Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler. Outside spending, however, is fairly evenly split between the two parties and from a variety of sources.[4][5]

Other races

Georgia

UncheckedBox.jpgGeorgia State Senate District 14
Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R) resigned in order to focus on his Congressional campaign. A special election has been called for November 5 elections, with a runoff if necessary on December 3. No party primaries will be held for this election. Candidates had from September 16 to September 18 to file certified nomination papers.[6][7]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Christopher G. Nesmith
Republican Party Nicole Ebbeskotte
Republican Party Matt Laughridge
Republican Party Dwight Pullen
Republican Party Dean Sheridan
Republican Party Bruce Thompson

UncheckedBox.jpgGeorgia House of Representatives District 100
Rep. Brian Thomas (D) resigned to accept a position with Natural Resources Group in Lamoine, Maine. A special election has been called for November 5 elections, with a runoff if necessary on December 3. No party primaries will be held for this election. Candidates had from September 16 to September 18 to file certified nomination papers.[8][9][10]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Dewey McClain

UncheckedBox.jpgGeorgia House of Representatives District 104
Rep. Donna Sheldon (R) resigned in order to focus on her Congressional campaign. A special election has been called for November 5 elections, with a runoff if necessary on December 3. No party primaries will be held for this election. Candidates had from September 16 to September 18 to file certified nomination papers.[11][12]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Republican Party Teresa Cantrell
Republican Party Chuck Efstration
Republican Party Tim Puckett
Republican Party Todd Tyson

UncheckedBox.jpgGeorgia House of Representatives District 127
Rep. Quincy Murphy (D) passed away on August 2 after a battle with lung cancer. A special election has been called for November 5 elections, with a runoff if necessary on December 3. No party primaries will be held for this election. Candidates had from September 16 to September 18 to file certified nomination papers.[13][14]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Diane B. Evans
Democratic Party Dianne Murphy
Democratic Party Brian Prince

Massachusetts

UncheckedBox.jpgMassachusetts State Senate 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District
Sen. Michael Knapik (R) resigned to become the executive director of advancement at Westfield State University. A special election was called concurrent with the regularly-scheduled November 5 elections, with a primary on October 8. Candidates had until September 5 to file certified nomination papers.[15][16][17][18]

Democratic PartyOctober 8 Democratic Primary:
Republican PartyOctober 8 GOP Primary:
November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party David K. Bartley
Republican Party Donald F. Humason, Jr.

Michigan

UncheckedBox.jpgMichigan House of Representatives District 49
Rep. Jim Ananich (D) was elected to the Michigan State Senate on May 7, 2013. A special election has been called concurrent with the regularly-scheduled November 5 elections, with a primary on August 6. Candidates had until June 4 to file certified nomination papers.[19][20][21][22][23]

Democratic PartyAugust 6 Democratic primary:
Republican PartyAugust 6 GOP primary:
Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidates:
November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Phil Phelps
Republican Party Don Pfeiffer
Libertarian Party Pat Clawson

Mississippi

UncheckedBox.jpgMississippi House of Representatives District 5
Rep. Kelvin Buck (D) was elected Mayor of Holly Springs, MS. A special election has been called for November 5, with a runoff if necessary on November 26. Candidates had until October 7 to file certified nomination papers. Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan.[24][25]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Independent Daylon Cannon
Independent Andre R. DeBerry
Independent Arthur "Clyde" Ellzey
Independent John Gary Faulkner
Independent Lee Edward Gill
Independent Jacqueline Simon
Independent Robert Earl Young

UncheckedBox.jpgMississippi House of Representatives District 55
Rep. George Flaggs, Jr. (D) was elected Mayor of Vicksburg, MS. A special election has been called for November 5, with a runoff if necessary on November 26. Candidates had until October 7 to file certified nomination papers. Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan.[26][27]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Independent Oscar Denton
Independent Chris Green
Independent Andrew W. Harrell
Independent Marie Thompson
Independent Joseph E. Williams, Jr.

UncheckedBox.jpgMississippi House of Representatives District 110
Rep. Billy Broomfield (D) was elected Mayor of Moss Point, MS. A special election has been called for November 5, with a runoff if necessary on November 26. Candidates had until October 7 to file certified nomination papers. Special elections in Mississippi are nonpartisan.[28][29]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Independent Jeramey Anderson
Independent Tyres Autrey
Independent Mitch Ellerby
Independent Aneice R. Liddell
Independent Anne A. McMillion

New Hampshire

UncheckedBox.jpgNew Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough District 35
Rep. Roland LaPlante (D) resigned in February 2013 citing health concerns. A special election has been called concurrent with the November 5 municipal elections, with a primary on September 17. The filing period for candidates ran from July 29 to August 5.[30][31]

Democratic PartySeptember 17 Democratic Primary:
Republican PartySeptember 17 GOP Primary:
November 5 Special election:
Democratic Party Latha Mangipudi
Republican Party Peter Silva

New York

UncheckedBox.jpgNew York House of Representatives District 86
Rep. Nelson Castro (D) resigned on April 8, 2013 following his role in the bribery scandal that saw fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson (D) charged. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an election concurrent with municipal elections on November 5. An open primary took place on September 10.[32][33]

September 10 Open primary candidates:
Democratic Party Victor Pichardo Approveda
Democratic Party Hector Ramirez Approveda
Democratic Party Yudelka Tapia
Democratic Party Haile Rivera
Democratic Party Melanie Johnson
Democratic Party Elizabeth Ortiz
Democratic Party Keny Nunez
November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Victor Pichardo
Democratic Party Hector Ramirez

Texas

UncheckedBox.jpgTexas House of Representatives District 50
Rep. Mark Strama (D) resigned to lead Google's fiber optics operation in Austin, Texas. A special election has been called for November 5. Candidates had until September 4 to file certified nomination papers.[34][35]

November 5 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Celia Israel
Democratic Party Rico Reyes
Democratic Party Jade Chang Sheppard
Republican Party Mike VanDeWalle

Washington

UncheckedBox.jpgWashington State Senate District 7
Sen. Bob Morton (R) retired on January 1, 2013. His term in the state senate runs until 2014. Republican precinct committee officers chose John Smith (R) to fill his seat during the 2013 session and a special election for the rest of his term will be held on November 5, with a primary on August 6.[36][37][38]

Republican PartyAugust 6 GOP primary:
November 5 Special election candidates:
Republican Party Brian Dansel
Republican Party John Smith

UncheckedBox.jpgWashington State Senate District 8
Sen. Jerome Delvin (R) resigned on January 1, 2013 to serve as Benton County Commissioner. His term in the state senate runs until 2014. Republican precinct committee officers chose Sharon Brown (R) to fill his seat during the 2013 session and a special election for the rest of his term will be held on November 5, with a primary on August.[39][40][41]

Republican PartyAugust 6 GOP primary:
November 5 Special election candidates:
Republican Party Phillip R. Lemley
Republican Party Sharon Brown

See also

References

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