Connecticut's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Connecticut's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 12, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Elizabeth Esty Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Elizabeth Esty Democratic Party
Elizabeth Esty.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]

Connecticut U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 5th congressional district of Connecticut will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Connecticut is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Though parties decide who may vote in their primary election, the primary is considered closed as neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party allow any voter but those registered with their party to vote.[3]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Elizabeth Esty (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Connecticut's 5th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state. Salisbury, North Canaan, Caanan, Norfolk, Goshen, Canton, Simsbury, Avon, Farmington, Burlington, Litchfield, Morris, Bethlehem, Watertown, Plymouth, Wolcott, Waterbury, Cheshire, Meriden, Southbury, Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, Sherman, Brookfield, New Milford, Washingotn, Roxbury, Kent, Sharon, Cornwall and Torrington counties are included in the new district boundaries.[4]


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General election candidates

Democratic Party Elizabeth Esty - Incumbent Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Mark Greenberg - 2010 and 2012 Republican primary candidate for U.S. House, Connecticut, District 5[5]
Independent John Pistone[6]

Out in convention

Republican Party Sal Lilienthal[7]

Race background

Incumbent Elizabeth Esty (D) was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[8]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Elizabeth Esty (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated Andrew Roraback and John Pistone in the general election.

U.S. House, Connecticut District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Esty 51.3% 146,098
     Republican Andrew Roraback 48.7% 138,637
     Independent John Pistone 0% 12
Total Votes 284,747
Source: Connecticut Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Christopher S. Murphy won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Sam S.F. Caligiuri (R), John Pistone (I), and Elmon Smith (I) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut's 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher S. Murphy Incumbent 53.7% 118,231
     Republican Sam S.F. Caligiuri 46.3% 102,092
     Independent John Pistone 0% 20
     Independent Elmon Smith 0% 2
Total Votes 220,345

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