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Revision as of 14:04, 17 January 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in Georgia
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in Georgia
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



Georgia

The state of Georgia will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Scheduled electiona
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (3 measures) Unscheduled electiond
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in Georgia

U.S. Congress


See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014

With the retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss leaving the seat open, a tough Republican primary could lead to an opening for a strong Democrat to make this race, historically a safe Republican seat, competitive.


Georgia State Legislature


See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014 and Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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Contents
1 U.S. Senate elections in Georgia
1.1 Candidates
1.2 Race background
1.3 Primary to watch
1.4 Issues
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U.S. Senate elections in Georgia

See also: United States Senate elections in Georgia, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

Voters in Georgia will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election 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.[1][2][3] The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss (R). Chambliss was first elected in 2002. On January 25, 2013, Chambliss announced that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014. He cited gridlock in Congress and a lack of leadership from the White House as being the main reasons for his retirement. He denied rumors that his retirement was based on any potential primary challenges.[4]

A federal judge on July 11, 2013, ordered the state of Georgia to move its primary in 2014 from mid-July to June 3, so that overseas voters have sufficient time to get ballots in case there are any runoffs, as required by federal law. Runoff primary elections would still take place on August 6, 2013.[5]

Candidates


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.

Announced candidates

Race background


Businessman David Perdue and 1st District Representative Jack Kingston beat out Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and two other candidates--Derrick Grayson and Art Gardner--to advance to the July 22 Republican runoff primary.[29] David Perdue, a political newcomer and former CEO of Dollar General, had the lead in the May 20 Republican primary with approximately a third of the total votes. [30] Georgia law dictates that if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates advance to a runoff primary.[31]

The winner of the runoff will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, in the general election.[29][32] In hypothetical polling match-ups, Nunn has topped the Republican nominee.

Early campaign activity

After Saxby Chambliss' announcement on January 25, 2013, that he was retiring at the end of his current term and would not seek re-election in 2014, Paul Broun filed paperwork for his candidacy on February 6, 2013.[33] Broun's lack of mastery in raising campaign funds, having ended his 2012 campaign with just $155,566 cash on hand, was one area of concern for his ability to win the seat.[34] Tom Price (R), rumored to be a candidate early in the campaign, had nearly $1.6 million cash on hand in his campaign account in February 2013.[34]

Primary to watch


The primary for the open seat was highlighted as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014. The crowded Republican field already included Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, businessman David Perdue and former secretary of state Karen Handel, as of December 2013. Georgia law dictates that if no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates advance to a runoff primary.[35]

Issues


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[36] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Saxby Chambliss voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[37]

Members of campaign staff resign

Four members of Phil Gingrey's campaign staff resigned on November 28, 2013.[38] General consultant Chip Lake, campaign manager John Porter, political director David Allen and grass-roots coordinator Justin Tomczak all stepped down from the campaign.[38]

General consultant Chip Lake said in a statement, “I have nothing but respect for Phil Gingrey. I wish him nothing but the best, but when you reach that point in a campaign where you’re at the crossroads, something’s got to give. When I left him yesterday I wished him the best and told him I thought it was very important for him to finish out this campaign the way that’s most comfortable for him...We just had some disagreements on overall campaign vision and structure, and everything kind of falls under that umbrella. When that happens, you try to work it out, and when you can’t work it out, you sit down and have difficult discussions on how to move forward.”[38]

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Georgia
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in Georgia

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Georgia will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect 14 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts.

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.[1][2][3]

A federal judge on July 11, 2013, ordered the state of Georgia to move its primary in 2014 from mid-July to June 3, so that overseas voters have sufficient time to get ballots in case there are any runoffs, as required by federal law. Runoff primary elections would still take place on August 6, 2013.[39]

Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds 9 of the 14 congressional seats from Georgia.

Members of the U.S. House from Georgia -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 5 Pending
     Republican Party 9 Pending
Total 14 14

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the 14 congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Jack Kingston Ends.png Republican 1
Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 2
Lynn A. Westmoreland Ends.png Republican 3
Henry C. Johnson, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 4
John Lewis Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Tom Price Ends.png Republican 6
Rob Woodall Ends.png Republican 7
Austin Scott Ends.png Republican 8
Doug Collins Ends.png Republican 9
Paul Broun Ends.png Republican 10
Phil Gingrey Ends.png Republican 11
John Barrow Electiondot.png Democratic 12
David Scott Electiondot.png Democratic 13
Tom Graves Ends.png Republican 14

List of candidates by district


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.

1st Congressional District

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

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates filed to run

4th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

No candidates filed to run

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

  • Republican Party No candidates filed to run
  • Democratic Party John Lewis - Incumbent


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

No candidates filed to run

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

8th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates filed to run

9th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

10th Congressional District

General election candidates


July 22, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Failed to file

11th Congressional District

General election candidates


July 22, 2014, Republican primary runoff candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates filed to run

Failed to file

12th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Declined to run

13th Congressional District

General election candidates


May 20, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

No candidates filed to run

14th Congressional District

General election candidates

  • Republican Party Tom Graves - Incumbent
  • Democratic Party No candidates filed to run


May 20, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

  • Democratic Party No candidates filed to run

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State executive official elections in Georgia

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See also: Georgia state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in Georgia
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Nine state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Georgia.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Georgia:

List of candidates by office

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. 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.

Governor


General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Lieutenant Governor


General Election Candidates

Attorney General


Secretary of State


General Election Candidates

Lost in the Primary

Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
State Superintendent of Schools John Barge
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2011 No[106]
Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens
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2011 Yes[107]
Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black
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2011 Yes[108]
Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler
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2011 Yes[109]
Public Service Commission H. Doug Everett
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2003 Yes[110]
Public Service Commission Bubba McDonald
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2009 Yes[111]


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State Senate election in Georgia

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See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Georgia State Senate:

Georgia State Senate
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 18 Pending
     Republican Party 38 Pending
Total 56 56

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56

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State House elections in Georgia

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See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014
Contents
1 State House elections in Georgia
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date

There are both regularly scheduled elections and special elections scheduled for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2014.

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Regularly scheduled elections


Elections for the office of Georgia House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the Georgia House of Representatives:

Georgia House of Representatives
Party As of July 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 60 Pending
     Republican Party 118 Pending
     Independent 1 Pending
     Vacancy 1 Pending
Total 180 180

List of candidates by district

Note: Pending once the filing deadline occurs in 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124District 125District 126District 127District 128District 129District 130District 131District 132District 133District 134District 135District 136District 137District 138District 139District 140District 141District 142District 143District 144District 145District 146District 147District 148District 149District 150District 151District 152District 153District 154District 155District 156District 157District 158District 159District 160District 161District 162District 163District 164District 165District 166District 167District 168District 169District 170District 171District 172District 173District 174District 175District 176District 177District 178District 179District 180

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Special elections by date


See also: Georgia state legislative special elections, 2014

January 7, 2014



February 4, 2014



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Statewide ballot measure elections in Georgia

See also: Georgia 2014 ballot measures and 2014 ballot measures

Zero ballot measures have been certified for the 2014 ballot in the state of Georgia.

Potential measures


Type Title Subject Description

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School board elections in Georgia

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and Georgia school board elections, 2014
Contents
1 School board elections in Georgia
2 Elections by date
2.1 July 2014
2.2 July 15, 2014
2.3 July 29, 2014
2.4 November 4, 2014

A total of 37 Georgia school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature 120 seats up for election. Eight board elections are scheduled for July 2014 while the remaining 29 districts will hold elections on November 4, 2014. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the districts listed below serve 999,794 K-12 students.[124]

Elections by date


Note: Last updated January 1, 2014

A total of 666 school districts are holding elections for 2,141 seats in 2014. This list breaks down the Georgia school board elections in chronological order:

July 2014

July 15, 2014

July 29, 2014

November 4, 2014

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Voting in Georgia

See also: Voting in Georgia
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Important voting information

  • Georgia uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • Georgia passed legislation in 2012 authorizing online voter registration, but a system has not yet been implemented.

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Georgia, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Georgia is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting is held Monday through Friday of the week immediately preceding the election.[125] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

Georgia ranked 27th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Georgia received an overall score of 64%.[126]

See also

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