2012 elections review: Few incumbents defeated in Michigan
The primary season continued yesterday with elections in Michigan.
|Contested Primaries in Michigan -- August 7, 2012|
| U.S. House
| State Legislature |
|Total Democratic Contested Primaries||7 (50%)||51 (46.4%)|
|Total Republican Contested Primaries||6 (42.9%)||36 (32.7%)|
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.
- District 6: Incumbent Fred Upton defeated former state representative Jack Hoogendyk.
- District 7: Incumbent Tim Walberg easily defeated Dan Davis, receiving 76% of the vote.
- District 8: Incumbent Mike Rogers won his primary battle with Vernon Molnar and Brian Hetrick, garnering a whopping 86% of the vote.
- District 12: Incumbent John D. Dingell, Jr. received nearly 80% of the vote to defeat Daniel Marcin.
- District 13: Incumbent John Conyers, Jr. defeated his four primary opponents, securing 55% of the vote.
|Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
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:
- Tim Bledsoe (D), District 2
- Jimmy Womack (D), District 3
- Maureen Stapleton (D), District 6
- Lesia Liss (D), District 28
- Kurt E. Damrow (R), District 84
Other races of note in the House:
- District 4: Rose Mary Robinson beat out ten other challengers in the Democratic primary.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
- District 107: In a race that has yet to be officially called, Suzanne Shumway (D) leads Jim Martin by 27 votes.
|Michigan House of Representatives|
|Party||As of November 5, 2012||After the 2012 Election|
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