Florida's 18th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
August 26, 2014
Cook Political Report: Lean D
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D
Heading into the election the incumbent is Patrick Murphy (D), who was first elected in 2012.
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August 26, 2014, primary results
Failed to file
Withdrew from race
Declined to run
Incumbent Patrick Murphy (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.
Republicans have a 2 percent edge in the district and Mitt Romney carried it with 52 percent in 2012. But despite the Republican trend, Murphy defeated longtime incumbent Allen West even though he was vastly outspent.
Murphy almost immediately began fundraising for 2014 and national Republicans listed him as one of their top targets. Unlike the incumbent he defeated, Murphy has started off the race by "running to the center, playing up his bipartisan credentials."
Despite his popularity with the national tea party movement, West has opted against running against Murphy in 2014. Many say this is due in part to the fact that Murphy would have had an easier time defeating his opponent in a rematch. In theory, other Republican nominees should have a better chance against the freshman Democrat in 2014.
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.
|U.S. House, Florida District 18 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Allen West Incumbent||49.7%||164,353|
|Write-In||Marilyn Davis Holloman||0%||55|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 18th Congressional District, 2010|
|Republican||Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Incumbent||68.9%||102,360|
|Democratic||Rolando A. Banciella||31.1%||46,235|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
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