United States Senate elections in Virginia, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Virginia

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
No primary, due to convention

November 4 Election Winner:
Mark Warner Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mark Warner Democratic Party
Mark Warner.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Virginia will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
February 1, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Virginia is one of 14 states that uses an open primary process, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (22 days before election).[4]

See also: Virginia elections, 2014

Incumbent: The current incumbent is Mark Warner (D). He was first elected in 2008.


General election candidates

Republican Party June 7, 2014, Republican State Convention

Withdrew from race

Campaign contributions

Candidate ballot access
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Mark Warner

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Warner's reports.[13]


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.[21] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Warner voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[22]

Bieber deportation

On February 4, 2014, Mark Warner said that he would sign a petition to deport Justin Bieber, a Canadian citizen.[23][24][25]

Warner sent a tweet that said, "It's true: I'm not a #Belieber. 'Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber.'"[23]


Warner (D) v. Gillespie (R) v. Sarvis (L)
Poll Mark Warner (D) Ed Gillespie (R)Robert Sarvis (L)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
March 19-24, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Warner (D) v. Gillespie (R)
Poll Mark Warner (D) Ed Gillespie (R)Someone elseUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Roanoke College
January 13-17, 2014
Wason Center for Public Policy
January 15-22, 2014
Harper Polling
February 4-5, 2014
Roanoke College
February 22-28, 2014
AVERAGES 50% 34.25% 3.5% 14.5% +/-3.4 853.25
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.


Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie's YouTube video announcement, "Meet Ed."

Ed Gillespie's March 2014 YouTube video, "Anti-Obamacare Ad"
  • Ed Gillespie (R) announced his candidacy in a YouTube video on January 16, 2014. He said that he is running because “the American dream is being undermined by policies that move us away from constitutional principles of limited government and personal liberty.”[26]
  • The "Anti-Obamacare Ad," created by Gillespie's campaign, which appeared on YouTube in March 2014, attacks Warner for supporting the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. According to Human Events, "On the 'most important issue in the election,' says Gillespie, 'I was right and he was disastrously wrong.' Warner not only voted for ObamaCare, said Gillespie, he 'whipped it,' even organizing fellow Democratic freshmen—all of which has been documented on C-SPAN."[27]

60 Plus Association

Mark Warner is one of seven senators being attacked by the 60 Plus Association in a radio advertisement released on March 31, 2014 for sponsoring legislation "that will allow the government to take over the mortgage industry". According to PR Newswire, "The plan, proposed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Ranking Member Crapo, and supported by President Barack Obama, dismisses all current shareholder investments in Fannie and Freddie and wipes out ordinary investors. 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin stressed his organization's concerns, saying, 'These investors include retirees, teachers, police officers, and firefighters who will lose retirement savings while the government sucks all the profits. The Johnson-Crapo legislation would also largely codify the Treasury's Third Amendment that has confiscated all money due to Fannie and Freddie's private shareholders."[28]

60 Plus Ad: Keep Seniors Safe

Election history


On November 6, 2012, Tim Kaine won election to the United States Senate. He defeated George Allen in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Virginia General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy M. Kaine 52.9% 2,010,067
     Republican George F. Allen 47% 1,785,542
     Write-In N/A 0.2% 6,587
Total Votes 3,802,196
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Mark Warner won election to the United States Senate. He defeated James "Jim" S. Gilmore (R), William B. Redpath (L) and Glenda Gail Parker (G) in the general election.[29]

U.S. Senate, Virginia General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark Warner 72% 3,269,327
     Republican James "Jim" S. Gilmore 27% 1,228,830
     Libertarian William B. Redpath 0.4% 20,269
     Green Glenda Gail Parker 0.5% 21,690
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 3,178
Total Votes 4,543,294

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate RACE RATINGS FOR August 15, 2014," accessed August 21, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 21, 2014
  3. Code of Virginia, "Title 24.2, Section 530," accessed June 10, 2014
  4. Virginia State Board of Elections Website, "Become a Registered Voter," accessed January 3, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Virginia Public Access Project, "U.S. Senate," accessed April 3, 2013
  6. Politico, "Libertarian to run for Senate in Va.," accessed January 30, 2014
  7. WJLA, "Robert Sarvis considering U.S. Senate run against Warner", accessed December 3, 2013
  8. Roll Call, "Report: Ed Gillespie to Challenge Mark Warner", accessed January 10, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Associated Press, "Va. US Senate race draws 4 Republican candidates," accessed February 3, 2014 (dead link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Hill, "Three file against Gillespie for Va. Senate," accessed February 25, 2014
  11. Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, "Republicans Announce U.S. Senate Candidates Looking to Challenge Warner," accessed February 25, 2014
  12. Politico, "Ed Gillespie GOP challenger Howie Lind drops out," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Warner 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed August 1, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 19, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 Huffington Post, "Mark Warner: Deport Justin Bieber!," accessed February 12, 2014
  24. FM 99, "Senator Mark Warner offers to sign petition to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  25. Washington Post, "Sen. Mark Warner wants to deport Justin Bieber," accessed February 12, 2014
  26. Politico, "Ed Gillespie formally announces Senate run," accessed February 12, 2014
  27. Human Events, "Ed Gillespie: Making Virginia's Senator Mark Warner sweat," March 31, 2014
  28. PR Newswire, "60 Plus Launches Major Ad Campaign Against Senator Warner in Virginia for Supporting Obamacare for Mortgages," accessed April 3, 2014
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013