United States elections, 2013
|Election day||November 5|
|Congressional special elections|
|Map of the 2013 gubernatorial races
Light red: Term-limited Republican
Dark red: Republican incumbent
Gray: no election
The 2013 United States general elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. This off-year election will only feature special elections to the United States Congress. There will also be gubernatorial and state legislative elections in a few states; as well as numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local offices on the ballot.
Special Elections to the 113th Congress 
Special Senate Elections 
On December 21, 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts U.S. Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State. Kerry was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 29, 2013, by a vote of 94-3. Following the vote, Kerry resigned his Senate seat effective at February 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. Massachusetts law requires a special election within 145 to 160 days after the vacancy occurs and allows Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint an interim senator until the winner of the special election can be sworn in. Patrick announced on January 30, 2013, that he would appoint his former Chief of Staff Mo Cowan to serve as the interim Senator. Cowan has announced that he will not run in the special election. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin set the dates for the election with the primaries on April 30, 2013, and the general election on June 25, 2013.
Democratic Congressman Ed Markey has declared his candidacy and has been endorsed by Kerry, Victoria Kennedy (the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch is also seeking the Democratic Nomination. Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown was considered the overwhelming Republican favorite, but announced on February 1, 2013, that he would not run in the special election. Kerry was re-elected in 2008 with 66 percent of the vote.
On April 30, 2013, Markey easily defeated Lynch to secure the Democratic nomination taking over 57 percent of the over 550,000 cast. Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL won the Republican nomination taking 51 percent of about 190,000 votes cast; defeating former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and former Acting Director Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Michael Sullivan who had 36 percent and state Rep. Daniel Winslow, who had 13 percent.
Markey and Gomez will be joined on the Special General Ballot by Richard A. Heos, the nominee of the Twelve Visions Party, on June 25, 2013.
Special Congressional Elections 
This off-year election will feature special elections to the 113th United States Congress to fill any vacancies due to resignations or deaths. Thus far, three special elections will be required to fill seats in the United States House of Representatives to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr., Jo Ann Emerson and Tim Scott.
Illinois's 2nd Congressional District 
Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigned on November 21, 2012 following a months-long battle with bipolar disorder and due to being subject to a federal investigation over the possible misuse of campaign funds. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has scheduled the primary elections for February 26, coinciding with municipal primary elections, and initially set the general election for March 19. However, legislation was enacted at Quinn's request to allow the general election to coincide with municipal general elections held on April 9.
South Carolina's 1st Congressional District 
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced the appointment of U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to the United States Senate to replace the resigning Jim DeMint. Scott's resignation from Congress became effective January 2, 2013 and Haley ordered the special election to replace him on the same day. The primary election will be held on March 19, with runoffs on April 2 and the general election on May 7. Former Gov. Mark Sanford, who held the seat from 1995-2001, with 36 percent, and former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic, with 13 percent, advanced from the Republican primary on March 19, 2013 to a runoff on April 2, 2013. Sanford defeated Bostic in the runoff with 57 percent of over 46,000 votes cast..
On May 7, 2013, Sanford defeated Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert. taking 54 percent of over 140,000 votes cast. Sanford was sworn in to Congress on May 15, 2013.
Missouri's 8th Congessional District 
On December 3, 2012, U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced her intention to resign from Congress, which became effective on January 22, 2013, to become the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in March 2013. The Republican and Democratic parties will select their own nominees without a primary. Gov. Jay Nixon set the date for the special election to be June 4, 2013. Missouri state Rep. Jason Smith was chosen as the GOP candidate on February 9, 2013. The Missouri Democratic Party chose state Rep. John Hodges as its nominee on February 16, 2013. Smith and Hodges will be joined on the Special General Election Ballot by Libertarian Party nominee Bill Slantz and Constitution Party nominee Doug Enyart. Emerson was re-elected in 2012 with 72 percent of the vote..
State elections 
Two states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2013:
- New Jersey: Republican Chris Christie is running for a second term and is being challenged for the GOP nomination by Seth Grossman, a Republican lawyer and former Atlantic City Councilman.. The declared Democratic Candidates are State Senator Barbara Buono and Troy Webster.
- Virginia: Republican Bob McDonnell will be term-limited out of office. The Republican candidate is Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Democratic candidate is former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe. The Libertarian Party nominee is entrepreneur Robert Sarvis and reality television personality Tareq Salahi, is running as an independent.
State legislatures 
State courts 
Judicial elections are expected to be held for New York State Supreme Court in most of its 13 Judicial Districts.
Municipal elections 
Various elections will be held for officeholders in numerous cities, counties, school boards, special districts and others around the country.
Mayoral elections 
Some of the large cities holding mayoral elections include:
- Albany, NY: Mayor Jerry Jennings will be eligible to run for another term, and has announced that he will not seek another term. City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has announced her candidacy.
- Arlington, TX: Mayor Robert Cluck is facing two opponents in his race for a tenth one-year term.
- Atlanta, GA: Mayor Kasim Reed will be eligible to run for another term and has announced his intent to run for re-election. 
- Boston, MA: Thomas Menino will be eligible to run for another term, but has announced that he will retire at the end of his current term.
- Buffalo, NY: Two-term incumbent Byron Brown, a Democrat, officially announced his candidacy for re-election on March 23, 2013. He will face Bernard Tolbert, the former Special Agent-in-Charge of Buffalo's FBI office, in the Democratic primary. In the general election, Brown or Tolbert will be opposed by Buffalo's first Republican mayoral candidate since 2005, Sergio Rodriguez, a local Marine Corps veteran, business owner, and Medaille College administrator.
- Cincinnati, OH: Mark Mallory will be term-limited out of office.
- Detroit, MI: Incumbent Dave Bing will not seek re-election.. The top contenders to replace him are former Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
- El Paso, TX: John Cook will be term-limited out of office.
- Fall River, MA
- Fort Worth, TX: Betsy Price will run unopposed.
- Houston, TX
- Kansas City, KS
- Los Angeles, CA: Antonio Villaraigosa will be term-limited out of office.
- Minneapolis, MN
- New York City, NY: Michael Bloomberg will be term-limited out of office.
- Omaha, NE
- Pittsburgh, PA: Luke Ravenstahl will not run for another term.
- Saint Paul, MN
- San Antonio, TX: Julian Castro will be eligible to run for another term, but as of December 2012 has not announced if he will do so.
- San Bernardino, CA: Pat Morris will be term-limited out of office.
- Seattle, WA: Incumbent Michael McGinn will run for another term.
- Tulsa, OK: Incumbent Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. will run for another term.
County and district 
Some of the major county elections include:
- New York:
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