Georgia's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Georgia's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Earl "Buddy" Carter Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Jack Kingston Republican Party
Jack Kingston.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Fairvote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[3]

Georgia U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st congressional district of Georgia will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

Georgia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Jack Kingston (R), who was first elected in 1992.

Georgia's 1st Congressional District comprises the entire coastal area of Sea Islands and much of the rural southeastern part of the state. In addition to Savannah, the district includes a few modest-sized cities such as Brunswick, Valdosta, Douglas and Waycross.[7]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.General election candidates

July 22, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates

July 22, 2014, Democratic primary runoff candidates

May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Withdrew prior to primary

District history


On November 6, 2012, Jack Kingston (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Lesli Rae Messinger in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 63% 157,181
     Democratic Lesli Messinger 37% 92,399
Total Votes 249,580
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jack Kingston won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Oscar L. Harris II (D) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Kingston Incumbent 71.6% 117,270
     Democratic Oscar L. Harris II 28.4% 46,449
Total Votes 163,719

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. Georgia Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 5, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Georgia Secretary of State, "Candidate List," accessed March 8, 2014
  9. Savannah Morning News "Kingston to make Senate race official" accessed May 6, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Roll Call "Former Kingston Staff to run for GA01" accessed May 14, 2013
  11. Roll Call "Georgia Race Attracts Fifth GOP Candidate #GA01" accessed June 12, 2013
  12. Roll Call "Fourth Republican Enters Crowded Georgia Race #GA01" accessed June 12, 2013
  13. Savannah Now, "St. Simon's resident joins race for 1st Congressional District seat," accessed December 2, 2013
  14. Savannah Now, "Richmond Hill Realtor to run for congress," accessed January 22, 2014
  15. Examiner, "Lesli Messinger steps down as U.S. House candidate, addresses future plans," accessed March 8, 2014
  16. Biz, "Lesli Messinger Announces Candidacy for Congress, Focusing on Jobs, Economic Development and Rebuilding America's Future," accessed January 2, 2014
  17. GPB News, "Republican Schwarz Exits Congressional Race," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"