2012 elections review: Few incumbents defeated in Michigan

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August 8, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continued yesterday with elections in Michigan.

Here's a recap of what happened in Michigan, where elections were held for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and State House.

Contested Primaries in Michigan -- August 7, 2012
U.S. House
(14 seats)
State Legislature
(110 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 7 (50%) 51 (46.4%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (42.9%) 36 (32.7%)


U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012

Incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow won her primary with no opposition. Pete Hoekstra defeated Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, and Randy Hekman to secure the Republican nomination.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012

Michigan had a total of 14 seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 56 candidates filed to run, made up of 20 Democratic challengers, 14 Republican challengers, 13 incumbents and 9 third-party candidates. A total of 353 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 57.51% of possible primaries have been contested. Michigan's contested figure of 46.43% (13 out of 28 possible party primaries) is less competitive than the national average.

Six incumbents ran unopposed in their primary yesterday: Dan Benishek (R) of District 1, Bill Huizenga (R) of District 2, Justin Amash (R) of District 3, Dave Camp (R) of District 4, Sander Levin (D) of District 9, and Candice Miller (R) of District 10.

One incumbent was defeated by another in District 14. Incumbent Gary Peters defeated fellow incumbent Hansen Clarke and challengers Brenda Lawrence, Bob Costello, and Mary Waters in the Republican primary election.

The remaining five incumbents won their primary battles convincingly.

Republican Party District 6: Incumbent Fred Upton defeated former state representative Jack Hoogendyk.
Republican Party District 7: Incumbent Tim Walberg easily defeated Dan Davis, receiving 76% of the vote.
Republican Party District 8: Incumbent Mike Rogers won his primary battle with Vernon Molnar and Brian Hetrick, garnering a whopping 86% of the vote.
Democratic Party District 12: Incumbent John D. Dingell, Jr. received nearly 80% of the vote to defeat Daniel Marcin.
Democratic Party District 13: Incumbent John Conyers, Jr. defeated his four primary opponents, securing 55% of the vote.

In Michigan's 11th District, Kerry Bentivolio successfully staved off Nancy Cassis's write-in campaign. He will now face Syed Taj (D) in the general election.

Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 5
     Republican Party 9 9
Total 15 14

State legislature

See also Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

There were 110 total legislative seats with elections - Only the House is holding elections in 2012.

There were 51 (46%) contested Democratic primaries and 36 (33%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there were 87 races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 87 major party primaries represented 40% of possible primaries. This figure was higher than the national contested average of 19.38% for states that have had filing deadlines.

Five incumbents were defeated in the Michigan State Legislature yesterday.

The defeated incumbents were:


Other races of note in the House:

Democratic Party District 4: Rose Mary Robinson beat out ten other challengers in the Democratic primary.
Republican Party District 40: Michael D. McCready narrowly won with only 32% of the vote, with runners-up David W. Potts and David Wolkinson each garnering 30%.
Republican Party District 83: Republican incumbent Paul Muxlow escaped with a tight victory in one of the most anticipated races of the night, beating challenger Bob Eick 5,198 to 5,066.[1]
Republican Party District 88: In an exceptionally close race for this open seat, Roger Victory defeated Amanda Sue Van Essen by 88 votes, among more than 12,000 cast in the district.[1]
Democratic Party District 107: In a race that has yet to be officially called, Suzanne Shumway (D) leads Jim Martin by 27 votes.[1]

Michigan House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 47 51
     Republican Party 63 59
Total 110 110

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