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Party primaries are in play in sizable numbers in 2014 U.S. Congressional elections, especially compared to the paltry number of contested primaries involving incumbents in 2012. There are both open-seat and incumbent-held contests this year that have brought high-profile endorsements and major ad buys. Democrats are eyeing two open-seat races: in the 31st district of California, and a drama-filled contest for the Hawaii seat, where a veteran senator passed away and his choice of a successor was not the party favorite. Republicans are looking to hold onto the seats of high-profile Senators Mitch McConnell (KY) and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. The GOP also wants to retain control of open seats in Georgia and Nebraska. See the charts below for more details on the big players in each race.

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Republican Party Alaska

See also: United States Senate elections in Alaska, 2014

Incumbent Mark Begich (D) holds one of the most vulnerable Senate seats going into the 2014 election. He has only served one term in the Senate and is a Democrat seeking re-election in a red state. This, combined with the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act and Begich's support for it, makes this general election a toss-up. This also means that the race for the Republican nomination is contentious. Three Republican candidates have stepped up to challenge Begich: Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell, former Commissioner of Natural Resources Daniel S. Sullivan and Joe Miller. As of July 2014, Sullivan appears to be the favorite in the Republican primary. He leads the other Republican candidates in both fundraising and polls.

Endorsements

Alaska Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Joe Miller Daniel S. Sullivan Mead Treadwell
Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund February 2014
Club for Growth PAC March 12, 2014
National Association for Gun Rights PAC March 18, 2014
American Crossroads March 22, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice March 22, 2014

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Joe Miller Daniel S. SullivanMead TreadwellOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (July 31-August 3, 2014)
20%35%29%16%+/-5.3337
Moore Information (July 29-31, 2014)
16%35%27%22%+/-5.5375
Mark Hellenthal (June 17-28, 2014)
21%35%31%13%+/-4.9392
Moore Information - for Dan Sullivan (June 16-18, 2014)
17%42%25%16%+/-4500
Dittman Research (May 27-29, 2014)
12%37%35%16%+/-4.4500
Public Policy Polling (May 8-11, 2014)
14%40%26%20%+/-5.5313
Dan Sullivan internal poll (April 27-28, 2014)
12%38%22%28%+/-4500
Public Policy Polling (January 30-February 1, 2014)
20%30%25%23%+/-4.7442
AVERAGES 16.5% 36.5% 27.5% 19.25% +/-4.79 419.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican Party Georgia

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

With the announcement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss' retirement after this term, numerous Republicans vied for Republican nomination. The crowded Republican field included Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, businessman David Perdue, former secretary of state Karen Handel, Derrick Grayson and Art Gardner.[1] Because no candidate secured 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is required. As the top two candidates, Jack Kingston and David Perdue will face off in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.

Results

U.S. Senate, Georgia Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Perdue 30.6% 185,029
Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston 25.8% 155,833
Karen Handel 22% 132,556
Phil Gingrey 10% 60,557
Paul Broun 9.6% 58,177
Derrick Grayson 1% 6,029
Art Gardner 0.9% 5,699
Total Votes 603,880
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Georgia Senate Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Paul Broun Phil Gingrey Jack Kingston David Perdue Karen Handel Derrick Grayson Art Gardner
Ron Paul April 25, 2013
The Madison Project February 11, 2014
The Susan B. Anthony List March 4, 2014
The Republican Liberty Caucus March 26, 2014
Sarah Palin March 27, 2014
Georgia Right to Life April 1, 2014
The American Future Fund April 10, 2014

Polls

Republican primary runoff
Poll Jack Kingston David PerdueUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
InsiderAdvantage
July 15-16, 2014
46%41%13%+/--696
Landmark Communication
July 15-16, 2014
48%41%11%+/-2.41,720
Public Policy Polling
July 9-12, 2014
47%41%13%+/--516
Insider Advantage
July 7-9, 2014
43%41%17%+/-2.71,278
Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research
June 22-24, 2014
45%44%11%+/-4.0600
Human Events/Gravis Marketing
June 11-12, 2014
49%38%14%+/-3.01,140
Insider Advantage
June 10-11, 2014
46%35%19%+/-4.89401
SurveyUSA
June 3-5, 2014
52%41%7%+/-4.9419
McLaughlin & Associates
May 27-29, 2014
49%35%16%+/-4.5500
Public Policy Polling
May 21-22, 2014
46%34%20%+/--803
AVERAGES 47.1% 39.1% 14.1% +/-1.26 807.3
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Democratic Party Hawaii

See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014

Senator Daniel Inouye died December 17, 2012, 50 years after he was first elected to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. He was the longest serving sitting senator in U.S. history.[2] According to Hawaii law, Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) was required to appoint someone to the open seat until the special election in 2014. Inouye gave his preference for his successor in a letter to Abercrombie, in which Inouye listed Colleen Hanabusa as his pick to replace him in the U.S. Senate. Representative Hanabusa topped the list of early contenders. Despite Inouye's wishes, Abercrombie appointed Brian Schatz, which has caused a splinter among Hawaii Democrats as Hanabusa is running to fulfill the late senator's wishes.[3]

Endorsements

Hawaii Senate Democratic Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Brian Schatz Colleen Hanabusa
Irene Hirano Inouye
(Widow of Daniel Inouye)
May 3, 2013
EMILY'S List May 7, 2013
Hawaii Government Employees Association June 15, 2013
Former Vice President Al Gore July 21, 2013
Sierra Club of Hawaii September 1, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg December 3, 2013
International Longshore Warehouse Union, Local 142 December 19, 2013
Hawaii State Teacher's Association December 23, 2013
President Barack Obama March 31, 2014
Elizabeth Warren July 2014
Former Governor of Hawaii John Waihee June 2014

Polls

U.S. Senate, Hawaii Democratic Primary
Poll Brian Schatz (Inc.) Colleen HanabusaUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Ward Research
July 21-29 2014
42%50%8%+/-4.0458
Civil Beat/Merriman
July 24-28, 2014
49%41%10%+/-3.3895
Public Policy Polling
July 23-24, 2014
49%39%11%+/--410
Merriman River Group
May 18-19, 2014
44%39%16%+/-4.3840
Public Policy Polling
May 9-11, 2014
49%34%17%+/-4.0606
Merriman River Group
February 12-15, 2014
40%40%20%+/-3.11,003
Ward Research
February 1-11, 2014
48%40%11%+/-3.9642
The Mellman Group
January 7-13, 2014
41%37%22%+/-3.5800
Civil Beat
October 9-10, 2013
38%36%26%+/-4.2549
The Mellman Group
June 26-30, 2013
37%37%26%+/-4600
Civil Beat
June 18-20 2013, June 24, 2013
36%33%31%+/-3.3869
EMILY’s List
June 10-11, 2013
35%46%19%+/-3.53771
AVERAGES 42.33% 39.33% 18.08% +/-2.88 703.58
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican Party Kentucky

See also: United States Senate elections in Kentucky, 2014

Despite initial speculation about the threat from Bevin, heading into the primary election Mitch McConnell maintained a substantial lead in the polls and turned his focus to the general election. This turned out to be the correct choice- McConnell secured over 60 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.

Results

U.S. Senate, Kentucky Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell Incumbent 60.2% 213,881
Matt Bevin 35.4% 125,876
Shawna Sterling 2% 7,236
Chris Payne 1.5% 5,339
Brad Copas 0.9% 3,033
Total Votes 355,365
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Kentucky Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Mitch McConnell Matt Bevin
TheTeaParty.net May 2013
The Madison Project July 28, 2013
Kentucky State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) October 12, 2013
The Senate Conservatives Fund October 18, 2013
Marco Rubio (R-FL) October 20, 2013
John Kemper
(Former Republican Nominee for Kentucky Auditor)
November 7, 2013
Kentucky Federation of College Republicans November 12, 2013
Larry Forgy
(Former Republican Gubernatorial Nominee)
November 12, 2013
Huck PAC December 2, 2013
Angela Minter
(Executive Director of Sisters for Life)
January 20, 2014
FreedomWorks January 22, 2014
The National Federation of Independent Business February 14, 2014
Mandy Connell
(Conservative talk radio show host)
March 5, 2014
National Rifle Association April 12, 2014

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Mitch McConnell Matt BevinBrad CopasChris PayneShawna SterlingUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA
May 14-16, 2014
55%35%1%1%3%5%+/-4.0605
Gravis/Human Events
May 12, 2014
48%34%0%0%0%18%+/-4.0629
NBC News/Marist
April 30 - May 6, 2014
57%25%0%0%0%13%+/-4.9408
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
April 15-17, 2014
51%34%0%0%0%15%+/-3.01,359
Public Opinion Strategies
February 24-26, 2014
61%23%0%0%0%16%+/-4.9400
Wenzel Strategies
February 8-11, 2014
59%17%0%0%0%24%+/-3.061,002
Survey USA
January 30-February 4, 2014
55%29%0%0%0%15%+/-4.91,082
Gravis Marketing/Human Events
January 2, 2014
53%31%0%0%0%16%+/-4.0683
Public Policy Polling
December 12-15, 2013
53%26%0%0%0%21%+/-4.21,509
Lake Research
Ocotber 24-29, 2013
50%17%0%0%0%33%+/-4.0603
Voter/Consumer Research
August 18-20, 2013
68%21%0%0%0%8%+/-4.0600
Wenzel Strategies
July 23-24, 2013
59%20%0%0%0%21%+/-3.9624
AVERAGES 55.75% 26% 0.08% 0.08% 0.25% 17.08% +/-4.07 792
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican Party Mississippi

See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2014

With a nail-biter of a Republican primary night on June 4, 2014, Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel faced a runoff primary election on June 24, 2014, in what many are called one of the nastiest primary battles of 2014.[4] Cochran was victorious.

Runoff results

U.S. Senate, Mississippi Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 51% 194,932
Chris McDaniel 49% 187,265
Total Votes 382,197
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican runoff primary results

Results

U.S. Senate, Mississippi Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris McDaniel 49.5% 157,733
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 49% 156,315
Thomas Carey 1.5% 4,854
Total Votes 318,902
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results

Endorsements

Mississippi Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Thad Cochran Chris McDaniel Thomas Carey
Club for Growth October 2013
Tea Party Express November 2013
FreedomWorks November 2013
Senate Conservatives Fund November 2013
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) December 2013
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) December 2013
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) December 2013
Young Americans for Liberty February 2014
Sarah Palin March 2014
Eagle PAC May 2014
National Right to Life May 2014
National Rifle Association May 2014

Polls

Thad Cochran vs. Chris McDaniel
Poll Thad Cochran Chris McDanielNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling (May 27-28, 2014)
45%40%15%+/-4.0599
GEB International (May 14, 2014)
36%43%21%+/-4600
Harper Polling (April 3-5, 2014)
52%35%12%+/-4.1570
AVERAGES 44.33% 39.33% 16% +/-4.03 589.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary candidates
Poll Chris McDaniel Thad CochranTom CareyUndecided/Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Chism Strategies (May 29, 2014)
46.4%44.3%1.4%7.9%+/-3.4813
Red Racing Horses (May 28-29, 2014)
41%42%6%12%+/-5374
The Polling Company, Inc. (May 14-15, 2014)
43%39%3%12%+/-4.4505
AVERAGES 43.47% 41.77% 3.47% 10.63% +/-4.27 564
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican Party Nebraska

See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Despite high profile endorsements and close initial polling, Ben Sasse won an easy victory for the Republican nomination to the open seat in Nebraska.

Results

U.S. Senate, Nebraska Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Sasse 49.4% 109,829
Sid Dinsdale 22.4% 49,829
Shane Osborn 21.1% 46,850
Bart McLeay 5.7% 12,702
Clifton Johnson 1.5% 3,286
Total Votes 222,496
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Endorsements

Nebraska Senate Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Shane Osborn Ben Sasse Bart McLeay Sid Dinsdale Clifton Johnson
Senate Conservatives Fund October 22, 2013
Club for Growth November 7, 2013
FreedomWorks** November 11, 2013 March 28, 2014
Dick Armey November 14, 2013
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) November 21, 2013
National Review January 10, 2014
Erick Erickson January 17, 2014
Mark Levin January 17, 2014
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) February 10, 2014
Gun Owners for America February 12, 2014
Concerned Women for America February 19, 2014
Family Research Council February 21, 2014
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) March 4, 2014
Phyllis Schlafly March 4, 2014
Sarah Palin March 13, 2014
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund April 17, 2014
Ted Cruz April 23, 2014
Tea Party Express May 06, 2014

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Sid Dinsdale Ben SasseShane OsbornBart McLeayOther/UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Strategic National
May 7-8, 2014
23%34%20%8%14.5%+/-4.9500
NSON Opinion Strategy
April 16-20, 2014[6]
12.8%29.2%26.8%3.3%27.9%+/-5400
Conservative Intel/Harper Poll of Nebraska
February 5, 2014
13.10%29.03%30.44%4.25%23.19%+/-4565
AVERAGES 16.3% 30.74% 25.75% 5.18% 21.86% +/-4.63 488.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Republican Party North Carolina

See also: United States Senate elections in North Carolina, 2014

Given close numbers in the general election polls and incumbent Kay Hagan's support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which remains unpopular in North Carolina, Republicans view Hagan's seat as vulnerable.[7] Because of this potential opportunity, Republicans from various backgrounds and ideologies stepped forward to compete for the Republican nomination, which made this a hotly contested primary. Despite a late surge for tea party favorite Greg Brannon, Republican primary polls had Thom Tillis, the Republican establishment favorite, in the lead throughout the race. Tillis received over 45 percent of the primary vote.

Results

U.S. Senate, North Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThom Tillis 45.7% 223,174
Greg Brannon 27.1% 132,630
Mark Harris 17.5% 85,727
Heather Grant 4.7% 22,971
Jim Snyder 1.9% 9,414
Ted Alexander 1.9% 9,258
Alex Bradshaw 0.7% 3,528
Edward Kryn 0.4% 1,853
Total Votes 488,555
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Endorsements

North Carolina Senate Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Thom Tillis Greg Brannon Mark Harris Heather Grant Ted Alexander Edward Kryn Jim Snyder
Rand Paul October 16, 2013
Mitch McConnell December 9, 2013
Mike Huckabee January 16, 2014
FreedomWorks February 4, 2014
The National Organization for Marriage February 19, 2014
GOPAC February 19, 2014
Mike Lee March 6, 2014
American Crossroads and Karl Rove April 1, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 8, 2014
The National Rifle Association April 15, 2014
National Right to Life April 25, 2014
Pat McCrory April 29, 2014
Jeb Bush April 30, 2014
Mitt Romney May 5, 2014

Polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Thom Tillis Greg BrannonHeather GrantTed AlexanderMark HarrisAlex BradshawJim SnyderEdward KrynUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (April 26-28, 2014)
46%20%5%2%11%1%3%2%12%+/-3.7694
Public Policy Polling (April 3-6, 2014)
18%15%7%6%11%5%2%1%34%+/-5.5314
Survey USA (March 27-31, 2014)
23%15%6%6%11%1%3%2%34%+/-4.8433
Survey USA (March 17-19, 2014)
28%15%11%7%6%4%4%3%23%+/-5405
AVERAGES 28.75% 16.25% 7.25% 5.25% 9.75% 2.75% 3% 2% 25.75% +/-4.75 461.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Republican Party South Carolina

See also: United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014

Although a few early endorsements had many pundits believing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) would have a tough road to the general election, the results of the June 10, 2014 primary was a strong re-election for Graham.

Endorsements

South Carolina Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Lindsey Graham Nancy Mace Lee Bright
Republican Liberty Caucus October 16, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) November 6, 2013
Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) January 30, 2014
National Association for Gun Rights February 24, 2014
U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 22, 2014

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Lindsey Graham Richard CashLee BrightNancy MaceDet BowersBill ConnorBenjamin DunnOther/Someone elseWon't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
Target Point (May 16-22, 2014)
56%7%6%5%4%1%1%2%1%+/-2.8600
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Republican primary
Poll Lindsey Graham Lee BrightNancy MaceBill ConnorRichard CashNot sureRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Winthrop University (February 16-23, 2014)
45.0%8.5%3.7%3.5%2.9%34.9%1.6%+/-3.2901
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Results

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLindsey Graham 58.4% 109,661
Lee Bright 13.9% 26,162
Richard Cash 8% 14,975
Det Bowers 7.2% 13,577
Nancy Mace 6.3% 11,752
Bill Connor 5.1% 9,611
Benjamin Dunn 1% 1,942
Total Votes 187,680
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Republican Party Tennessee

See also: United States Senate elections in Tennessee, 2014

Similar to the South Carolina senate race, the media hyped a challenge between Joe Carr and incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander. Despite the hype, polling numbers heavily favor Alexander.

Endorsements

Tennessee Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Lamar Alexander Joe Carr
Governor Bill Haslam December 2012
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey December 2012
Sen. Bob Corker December 2012
State speaker Beth Harwell December 2012
Rep. Marsha Blackburn December 2012
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann December 2012
Rep. Diane Black December 2012
Rep. Stephen Fincher December 2012
Rep. Phil Roe December 2012
Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. December 2012
Mike Huckabee August 2013
Talk show hosts Ralph Bristol and Michael DelGiorno August 2013
The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate August 2013
Beat Lamar PAC October 2013
The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate October 2013
Tea Party Nation October 2013

Polls

Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrGeorge FlinnOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Red Racing Horses (July 28-30, 2014)
41%29%5%5%20%+/-5.0400
Triton Polling (July 10-11, 2014)
43%36%6.7%4%10.1%+/-2.91,099
AVERAGES 42% 32.5% 5.85% 4.5% 15.05% +/-3.95 749.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Tennessee Republican primary
Poll Lamar Alexander Joe CarrOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
North Star Opinion Research (May 12-14, 2014)
56%14%8%22%+/-4600
North Star Opinion Research (February 3-6, 2014)
62%17%3%18%+/-4600
Public Policy Polling (December 2-3, 2013)
46%40%0%14%+/-5391
North Star Opinion Research (August 19-22, 2013)
64%22%0%14%+/-4600
AVERAGES 57% 23.25% 2.75% 17% +/-4.25 547.75
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

United States House of Representatives

Republican Party Republican contests

Alabama's 6th

See also: Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

The retirement of Rep. Spencer Bachus led to a large Republican primary field. In the end, Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer advanced to the runoff election. While DeMarco received the most votes in the primary election, Palmer easily triumphed over DeMarco in the runoff election.

Results
U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Palmer 63.5% 47,491
Paul DeMarco 36.5% 27,295
Total Votes 74,786
Source: Results from Politico as of 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
Endorsements
Alabama's 6th Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Gary Palmer Paul DeMarco
Governor of Indiana Mike Pence May 5, 2014
Primary competitor Will Brooke June 9, 2014
National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund June 9, 2014
Former Senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum June 16, 2014
Primary competitor Scott Beason June 23, 2014
Primary competitor Chad Mathis June 24, 2014
State Reps. David Standridge, Mike Hill, Kurt Wallace, Mary Sue McClurkin, Arthur Payne, Dickie Drake, Jack Williams, Jim Carns, April Weaver and Allen Treadaway June 30, 2014
State Sens. Cam Ward and Jabo Waggoner June 30, 2014

Idaho's 2nd

See also: Idaho's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Endorsements from D.C. power players were plenty in this primary. Pundits even referred to the race as the hardest one Simpson had faced to-date. However, Bryan Smith was easily defeated by incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson. Simpson won over 61 percent of the primary vote.

Results
U.S. House, Idaho District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simpson Incumbent 61.7% 48,101
Bryan Smith 38.3% 29,918
Total Votes 78,019
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
Endorsements
Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Mike Simpson Bryan Smith
Club for Growth July 10, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner August 26, 2013
The Madison Project September 10, 2013
FreedomWorks September 24, 2013
Mitt Romney November 18, 2013
American Dental Association $20,000 as of January 2, 2014
United States Chamber of Commerce February 20, 2014
Paul Ryan March 3, 2014
National Rifle Association (NRA) March 17, 2014
Mitt Romney April 15, 2014

Georgia's 1st

See also: Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Heading into the election the incumbent is Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992. On May 2, 2013, Kingston announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who will be retiring at the end of this term.[8][9]

The primary elections on May 20, 2014, narrowed down the crowded list of candidates on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, but because no candidate received a majority of the votes in the primary election the top two candidates from each party advanced to the runoff elections.

State Senator Earl "Buddy" Carter defeated surgeon and former Army Ranger Bob Johnson for the nomination on the Republican ticket. Amy Tavio was defeated by Brian Reese for the Democratic nomination.[10]

Results
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBuddy Carter 36.2% 18,959
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Johnson 22.7% 11,885
John McCallum 20.5% 10,710
Jeff Chapman 13.2% 6,903
Darwin Carter 5.4% 2,812
Earl Martin 2% 1,060
Total Votes 52,329
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEarl "Buddy" Carter 53.8% 22,860
Bob Johnson 46.2% 19,621
Total Votes 42,481
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Reese 33.9% 6,141
Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Tavio 33.8% 6,120
Marc Smith 32.2% 5,832
Total Votes 18,093
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Georgia District 1 Runoff Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Reese 63.1% 6,526
Amy Tavio 36.9% 3,818
Total Votes 10,344
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Georgia's 10th

See also: Georgia's 10th Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Paul C. Broun (R) was first elected in a special election in 2007.[11] In February 2013, Broun announced that he would not seek re-election, and would instead make a bid for the U.S. Senate seat.[12] Mike Collins and Jody Hice emerged from the crowded field of primary candidates as the top two candidates in the primary election. Because no candidate received a majority of the votes, they faced off in the runoff primary.[13] Hice defeated Collins for the nomination in the runoff primary.[10] He will take on civil rights lawyer Ken Dious (D) in the general election.

The Georgia Right to Life endorsed Mike Collins (R), Jody Hice (R), Stephen Simpson (R) and Brian Slowinski (R) on April 1, 2014.[14] Rep. Paul Broun, who lost in the Senate primary, endorsed Jody Hice in the July 22 runoff to replace him.[15] Former Sen. Rick Santorum endorsed businessman Mike Collins on June 30, 2014, calling him a “rock-solid conservative who will be guided by the U.S. Constitution in Congress.”[16]

Results
U.S. House, Georgia District 10 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJody Hice 33.5% 17,378
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Collins 33% 17,108
Donna Sheldon 15.3% 7,960
Gary Gerrard 7.4% 3,826
Stephen Simpson 4.7% 2,420
Mitchell Swan 4.2% 2,160
Brian Slowinski 2% 1,024
Total Votes 51,876
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Georgia District 10 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJody Hice 54.3% 26,957
Mike Collins 45.7% 22,673
Total Votes 49,630
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Georgia's 11th

See also: Georgia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Heading into the election the incumbent is Phil Gingrey (R), who was elected in 2002. On March 27, 2013, in Augusta, GA, Gingrey announced that he would run for the open U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Chambliss will retire rather than seek re-election to the Senate in 2014.[17][18]

The primary election on May 20, 2014, narrowed down the crowded list of GOP candidates, but because no candidate received a majority of the votes the top two candidates advanced to primary runoff elections. No Democratic candidates filed to run, making the winner of the battle between former Representative Bob Barr and state Senator Barry Loudermilk the winner of the seat. Loudermilk defeated Barr for the nomination and the seat in the runoff primary.[10]

Loudermilk received endorsements from the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks PAC, the Madison Project and the Georgia Right to Life.[19][20][21]

Results
U.S. House, Georgia District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk 36.6% 20,708
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Barr 25.8% 14,596
Tricia Pridemore 17.1% 9,655
Edward Lindsey 14.8% 8,389
Larry Mrozinski 4% 2,277
Allan Levene 1.7% 959
Total Votes 56,584
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, Georgia District 11 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk 66.1% 34,641
Bob Barr 33.9% 17,794
Total Votes 52,435
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

North Carolina's 3rd

See also: North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

The May 6 GOP primary featured a hotly-contested race between incumbent Walter Jones and challenger Taylor Griffin.[22]

As of a week before the primary vote, two national organizations spent over $1 million to support Griffin's challenge against the long-time incumbent:

Despite the money and attention given to the race, Rep. Jones was not forced into a Republican runoff. He was able to secure the required 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Results
U.S. House, North Carolina District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWalter Jones Incumbent 50.9% 22,616
Taylor Griffin 45.1% 20,024
Al Novinec 4% 1,798
Total Votes 44,438
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
Endorsements
North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Walter Jones Taylor Griffin Al Novinec
Republican Liberty Caucus April 15, 2014
Sarah Palin April 29, 2014
Ron Paul May 2, 2014
The Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) $165,863 as of May 5, 2014
The Ending Spending Action Fund $350,333 as of May 5, 2014

North Carolina's 6th

See also: North Carolina's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

The Republican primary on May 6, 2014, was a highly contested race, with a total of nine candidates vying for the chance to win incumbent Howard Coble's (R) seat. This resulted in a July 15 runoff primary between Phil Berger, Jr. and Mark Walker. At first, Berger appeared to have a huge advantage, starting with his influential father, North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger. Berger also received more high-profile endorsements and was ahead in the polls. Although Berger had a 9.1 percent lead on Walker in the initial primary election, Walker pulled ahead in the runoff to defeat Berger by 20.2 percent of the vote.

Results
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Berger, Jr. 34.3% 15,127
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 25.2% 11,123
Bruce VonCannon 11.5% 5,055
Zack Matheny 11.4% 5,043
Jeff Phillips 7.9% 3,494
Don Webb 4.3% 1,899
Mike Causey 3.2% 1,427
Kenn Kopf 1.2% 510
Charlie Sutherland 1% 458
Total Votes 44,136
Source: Results via the North Carolina State Board of Elections
U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Walker 60.1% 18,849
Phil Berger, Jr. 39.9% 12,527
Total Votes 31,376
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
Endorsements
North Carolina's 6th Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Phil Berger, Jr. Mark Walker
North Carolina State Rep. Mike Hager March 19, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows April 16, 2014
U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry April 22, 2014
North Carolina State Rep. Sarah Stevens April 28, 2014
North Carolina State Rep. Jason Saine April 30, 2014
Former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich May 1, 2014
Rep. Howard Coble (R) May 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx June 9, 2014
The Eagle Forum June 24, 2014
Tea Party Express July 8, 2014
North Carolina State Rep. John M. Blust July 9, 2014
Liberty Conservatives July 10, 2014


Polls
Republican Primary Candidates
Poll Phil Berger, Jr. Mark WalkerBruce VonCannonZack MathenyOther candidateUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies (April 8-10, 2014)
36%14%6%6%12%26%+/-5.7300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Texas' 4th

See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rep. Ralph Hall (R) was the first incumbent ousted in a primary battle during the 2014 elections. Since he did not receive 50% of the primary vote, he faced John Ratcliffe in a primary runoff election on May 27, 2014. Texas' 4th Congressional District is one of three U.S. House races in Texas that required a runoff election, and Hall was the only incumbent who did not outright win his primary.

Results
U.S. House, Texas District 4 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 52.8% 22,271
Ralph Hall Incumbent 47.2% 19,899
Total Votes 42,170
Source: Texas Secretary of State Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Below are the initial primary results that caused the runoff election.

U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 45.4% 29,848
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 28.8% 18,917
Lou Gigliotti 16.1% 10,601
John Stacy 4.3% 2,812
Brent Lawson 3.5% 2,290
Tony Arterburn 1.9% 1,252
Total Votes 65,720
Source: Texas Secretary of State
Endorsements
Texas' 4th Congressional District Republican Primary Runoff
Endorsement/Contribution Ralph Hall John Ratcliffe
Primary opponent Lou Gigliotti March 4, 2014
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg March 11, 2014
Primary opponent Tony Arterburn March 14, 2014
Club for Growth PAC March 26, 2014
Polls
Ralph Hall vs. John Ratcliffe
Poll Ralph Hall John RatcliffeNot sureSample Size
Wenzel Strategies (March 12-13, 2014)
35%47%17%436
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Democratic Party Democratic contests

California's 31st

See also: California's 31st Congressional District elections, 2014

With the retirement announcement of incumbent Gary Miller (R), the Democratic Party should be able to take control of the district in November. There were several strong Democratic candidates vying for the position. The district could become a battleground, should a single Republican candidate stand out.[23]

There was a fear that the four Democratic candidates could siphon enough votes off of each other to allow two Republican candidates to advance past the top-two primary in June. However, Aguilar squeaked out a win, with 17.4% of the vote. This occurred in 2012, allowing incumbent Gary Miller to keep his seat.[24]

  • Note: California has a blanket primary system, so all candidates compete in one large primary. However, we are only looking at the Democratic candidates in this race, as the seat is expected to be won by a Democrat.
California's 31st Congressional District Contested Primary - Democratic candidates
Endorsement/Contribution Pete Aguilar Joe Baca Eloise Gomez Reyes Danny Tillman
CA Rep. Loretta Sanchez May 6, 2013
CA Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod May 6, 2013
CA Rep. Karen Bass May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Julia Brownley May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Judy Chu May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Janice Hahn May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Alan Lowenthal May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Scott Peters May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Adam Schiff May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Eric Swalwell May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Mark Takano May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Henry Waxman May 22, 2013
CA Rep. Tony Cardenas May 24, 2013
Rep. Sanford Bishop, Jr. May 24, 2013
Rep. Tim Bishop May 24, 2013
Rep. Bruce Braley May 24, 2013
Rep. G.K. Butterfield May 24, 2013
Rep. Andre Carson May 24, 2013
Rep. Steve Cohen May 24, 2013
Rep. Joe Garcia May 24, 2013
Rep. Gene Green May 24, 2013
Rep. Rick Larsen May 24, 2013
Rep. Dave Loebsack May 24, 2013
Rep. Ron Kind May 24, 2013
Rep. Ed Pastor May 24, 2013
Rep. Ed Perlmutter May 24, 2013
Rep. Jared Polis May 24, 2013
Rep. Nick Rahall May 24, 2013
Rep. Cedric Richmond May 24, 2013
Rep. Bobby Rush May 24, 2013
Rep. Kurt Schrader May 24, 2013
Rep. Jose Serrano May 24, 2013
Rep. Albio Sires May 24, 2013
Rep. John Yarmuth May 24, 2013
Rep. Michael Capuano May 24, 2013
Rep. Michael Doyle May 24, 2013
Rep. William Lacy Clay May 24, 2013
Rep. Tim Ryan May 24, 2013
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee May 2013
Sen. Dianne Feinstein July 10, 2013
EMILY's List August 6, 2014
CA Rep. Zoe Lofgren August 19, 2013
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom August 19, 2013
CA Rep. Xavier Becerra February 21, 2014
Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis February 24, 2014
CA Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard March 3, 2014
CA Rep. Grace Napolitano March 7, 2014
CA Rep. Jackie Speier March 8, 2014
California Democratic Party March 9, 2014
CA Rep. Alan Lowenthal March 20, 2014
Results
U.S. House, California District 31 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Chabot 26.6% 14,163
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPete Aguilar 17.4% 9,242
     Republican Lesli Gooch 17% 9,033
     Democratic Eloise Reyes 15.9% 8,461
     Democratic Joe Baca 11.2% 5,954
     Democratic Danny Tillman 8.7% 4,659
     Republican Ryan Downing 3.3% 1,737
Total Votes 53,249
Source: California Secretary of State


New York's 13th

See also: New York's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014
Endorsements
New York Democratic Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Charles Rangel Adriano Espaillat
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito February 26, 2014
Transport Workers Union Local 100 March 14, 2014
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand March 27, 2014
Teamsters Local 237 April 2, 2014
Sen. Chuck Schumer April 8, 2014
Former President Bill Clinton April 22, 2014
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer April 23, 2014
District Council (DC) 37 April 24, 2014
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union May 5, 2014
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) May 6, 2014
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) May 7, 2014
The Hotel Trades Council May 16, 2014
Healthcare workers union 1199SEIU May 20, 2014
The New York Times June 19, 2014
Public Advocate Letitia James June 20, 2014
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo June 22, 2014
Polls
Democratic primary candidates
Poll Charles Rangel Adriano EspaillatMichael WalrondYolanda GarciaMargin of ErrorSample Size
Siena College Research Institute (June 14-18, 2014)
47%34%7%4%+/-3.7707
The New York Times/NY1/Siena College Poll (May 15-20, 2014)
41%32%6%5%+/-3.8678
AVERAGES 44% 33% 6.5% 4.5% +/-3.75 692.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Results
U.S. House, New York District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Rangel Incumbent 47.4% 22,674
Adriano Espaillat 43.6% 20,846
Michael A. Walrond Jr. 7.9% 3,768
Yolanda Garcia 1.1% 505
Total Votes 47,793
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

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