Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Florida's 18th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 26, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Patrick Murphy Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Patrick Murphy Democratic Party
Patrick Murphy (Florida).jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Toss Up[3]

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

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The 18th congressional district of Florida will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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.[4][5][6]

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

Florida's 18th Congressional District is located in eastern Florida and includes St. Lucie and Martin counties and part of Palm Beach county.[7]


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August 26, 2014, primary results

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Republican Party Republican Primary

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Race background

Incumbent Murphy was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program in 2014. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[21]

Republicans had a 2 percent edge in the district and Mitt Romney carried it with 52 percent in 2012.[22] Despite the Republican trend, Murphy defeated longtime incumbent Allen West even though he was vastly outspent.[22]

Murphy almost immediately began fundraising for 2014 and national Republicans listed him as one of their top targets. Unlike the incumbent he defeated, Murphy started off the race by "running to the center, playing up his bipartisan credentials."[22]

Despite his popularity with the national tea party movement, West opted against challenging Murphy in 2014. Many said this was due in part to the fact that Murphy would have had an easier time defeating his opponent in a rematch.[22] In theory, other Republican nominees should have had a better chance against the freshman Democrat in 2014.[22]

Murphy defeated Carl Domino (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Campaign donors

According to reports from July 2013, incumbent Patrick Murphy raised more than $520,000 in the second quarter, bringing his cash on hand to more than $1 million for his re-election fight in 2014. He raised more than $1.07 million in 2013, making him one of the top House fundraisers.[23]

District history


On November 6, 2012, Patrick Murphy (D) won election to the United States House. He defeated Allen West and Marilyn Davis Holloman in the general election.

U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Murphy 50.3% 166,257
     Republican Allen West Incumbent 49.7% 164,353
     Write-In Marilyn Davis Holloman 0% 55
Total Votes 330,665
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Roland A. Banciella (D) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 18th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngIleana Ros-Lehtinen Incumbent 68.9% 102,360
     Democratic Rolando A. Banciella 31.1% 46,235
Total Votes 148,595

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR June 26, 2014," accessed August 5, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 5, 2014
  3. Fairvote, "FairVote Releases Projections for the 2014 Congressional Elections," accessed August 5, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Florida 2012 Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed July 5, 2012
  8. Palm Beach Post, "Calvin Turnquest enters GOP primary for Murphy congressional seat," accessed October 9, 2013
  9. Post on Politics, "Former GOP state Rep. Carl Domino says he’s running for Murphy’s congressional seat," accessed July 10, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Palm Beach Post, "Juno Beach Vice Mayor Ellen Andel to enter race for Murphy’s congressional seat," accessed May 8, 2013
  11. TC Palm, "Possible Congressional District 18 candidates," accessed January 13, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Florida Election Division, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election," accessed January 28, 2013
  13. Florida Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed February 15, 2014
  14. Send Lara to Congress, "Home," accessed February 15, 2014
  15. Frank Lynch for Congress, "Home," accessed April 5, 2014
  16. Florida Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed April 5, 2014
  17. Post on Politics, "GOP congressional hopeful Ellen Andel, endorsed by Allen West, drops out of race for Murphy seat," accessed February 26, 2014
  18. TC Palm, "Juno Beach official announces run for Rep. Murphy's congressional seat," accessed May 8, 2013
  19. Palm Beach Post, "It’s official: Adam Hasner won’t challenge Patrick Murphy for Congress," accessed January 28, 2014
  20. Post on Politics, "State Rep. Gayle Harrell decides against bid for Murphy congressional seat," accessed August 29, 2013
  21. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Sunshine State News "Florida Congressional Races 2014 Early Look Where Fur will Fly" accessed March 8, 2013
  23. The Hill "Murphy raises $520k in second quarter" Accessed July 9, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"