Mississippi's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Mississippi's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Steven Palazzo Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]

Mississippi U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of Mississippi will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Mississippi is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they must intend to support the party nominations if they vote in the primary election.[4]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 25, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 5, 2014.[5]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Steven Palazzo (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Mississippi's 4th Congressional District is located in the southeastern portion of the state and includes Marion, Lamar, Pearl River, Hancock, Harrison, Stone, Forrest, Jones, Perry, Jackson, George, Greene, Wayne and Clarke counties.[6]


General election candidates

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Federal aid in Mississippi

In a speech at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Gene Taylor began actively campaigning against Steven Palazzo, his opponent in the primary, attacking him for voting against federal aid after Hurricane Sandy. In his speech, Taylor argued that Mississippi greatly needed federal aid after Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the importance of federal aid for storm relief. Taylor also criticized Palazzo for wanting to cut the military budget, claiming that this would hurt military bases and thereby national defense as a whole.[7]


Steven Palazzo

Endorsements for incumbent Steven Palazzo included:[8]

  • Governor Phil Bryant[8]
    • “Congressman Steven Palazzo has worked hard for Mississippians in the Fourth District, and I hope he will continue to do so. I intend to support him in this campaign.”
  • Senator Thad Cochran[8]
    • “I’ve enjoyed working with Congressman Palazzo to fix the flood insurance program, help Camp Shelby and the National Guard, and tackle other issues important to the Fourth Congressional District. Steven has been a conservative voice for South Mississippi, and the seniority he has accumulated on key Congressional committees serves his district well.”
  • Senator Roger Wicker[8]
    • “Steven has been a solid member of the House Republican Majority for the last four years. The contributions he’s made to national defense and Mississippi’s economic development make him deserving of reelection.”
  • Gregg Harper, Representative for Mississippi's 3rd Congressional District[8]
    • “Steven is a proven conservative leader who has consistently fought for a strong national defense and a government that is more accountable to the people. Because of his leadership, South Mississippians will experience the full benefits of the coastal restoration and economic development projects resulting from the RESTORE Act. I urge you to join Sidney and me in supporting my friend, Steven Palazzo, for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives.”
  • Alan Nunnelee, Representative for Mississippi's 1st Congressional District[8]
    • “I have served in Congress with Steven Palazzo since 2010. Steven was sent to Washington because the values of South Mississippians were not reflected in the policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. Over the past four years, Steven has worked hard to make sure the values of South Mississippians are well represented both at home and in Washington.”
  • Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves[8]
    • “Steven is the true conservative choice for South Mississippi. He’s fought for his constituents by delivering flood insurance relief and advocating for South Mississippi’s defense and aerospace installations and our many military veterans.”
  • Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn[8]
    • “I’ve known and supported Steven for many years now. I had the pleasure of working with him in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He has always been a strong conservative voice in Mississippi, and I look forward to his continued service as one of Mississippi’s Congressmen.”
  • State Auditor Stacey Pickering[8]
    • “Congressman Palazzo has been a champion for South Mississippi. Steven is an important conservative voice in Washington. As a constituent, I look forward to supporting Steven and working to re-elect him.”
  • State Treasurer Lynn Fitch[8]
    • “As a steward of Mississippi tax dollars, I deeply appreciate Steven’s work to control our nation’s out-of-control spending and reduce our crushing debt under the Obama Administration. From his days in the State Legislature to representing the Fourth Congressional District, Steven has been a consistent conservative voice. He has also been a leader in the effort to provide coast residents some relief from rising flood insurance rates. Mississippi needs Steven Palazzo in Washington.”
  • Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith[8]
    • “I have always known Congressman Palazzo to be a very hard worker, not only dedicated to his constituents but also to the State of Mississippi. Please join me in supporting Steven Palazzo.”
  • Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney[8]
    • “Steven Palazzo has been a stalwart supporter of our efforts to keep homeowner insurance rates reasonable for all of Mississippi, especially the coastal communities. I applaud his efforts to lead our delegation to bring common sense to the National Flood Insurance Program and help prevent draconian rate increases in flood insurance. I am deeply grateful for his continued support of Veterans. As Mississippi’s Insurance Commissioner, I enthusiastically endorse Congressman Steven Palazzo for his 2014 reelection to Congress.”

Campaign contributions

Steven Palazzo

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Palazzo's reports.[9]

Steven Palazzo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$269,796.17$69,750.00$(26,394.66)$313,151.51
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$313,151.51$161,126.13$(38,571.55)$435,706.09
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$435,706.09$37,920.00$(134,764.22)$338,861.87
Year-End Quarterly[13]December 31, 2013$338,861$48,100$(42,917)$344,043
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$344,043.90$174,788.33$(116,234.47)$402,597.76
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$279,803$158,715$(314,485)$126,084
Running totals

District history

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The 4th Congressional District of Mississippi held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.Incumbent Steven Palazzo won re-election in the district.[15]

U.S. House, Mississippi, District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Matthew Moore 28.8% 82,344
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo Incumbent 64.1% 182,998
     Libertarian Ron Williams 0.7% 2,108
     Reform Robert W. Claunch 6.3% 17,982
Total Votes 285,432
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Steven Palazzo (R) won election to the United States House. He defeated Gene Talyor (D), Anna Revies (Reform) and Kenneth Hampton (L) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Mississippi District 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Palazzo 51.9% 105,613
     Democratic Gene Taylor incumbent 46.8% 95,243
     Reform Anna Jewel Revies 0.4% 787
     Libertarian Kenneth "Tim" Hampton 0.9% 1,741
Total Votes 203,384

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