Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Review Articles: Michigan Congressional Seats

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December 3, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


MADISON, Wisconsin: Michigan had 14 U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012. Twelve total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012. Due to redistricting, some incumbents changed districts and one district was removed. All of the 12 incumbents who sought re-election were re-elected. There were three incumbents who did not run, and no districts where a party change occurred.

Here are the candidates who won election in Michigan.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Gary McDowell
Republican Party Dan Benishek
Libertarian Party Emily Salvette
Green Party Ellis Boal (write-in)
Dan Benishek Republican Party Dan Benishek No
2nd Democratic Party Willie German, Jr. (write-in)
Republican Party Bill Huizenga
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma
Green Party William Opalicky
Independent Ronald Graeser (UST)
Bill Huizenga Republican Party Bill Huizenga No
3rd Democratic Party Steve Pestka
Republican Party Justin Amash
Libertarian Party Bill Gelineau
Justin Amash Republican Party Justin Amash No
4th Democratic Party Debra Freidell Wirth
Republican Party Dave Camp
Libertarian Party John Gelineau
Green Party Pat Timmons
Independent George Zimmer (UST)
Dave Camp Republican Party Dave Camp No
5th Democratic Party Dan Kildee
Republican Party Jim Slezak
Libertarian Party Gregory Creswell
Independent David Davenport
Dale E. Kildee Democratic Party Dan Kildee No
6th Democratic Party Mike O'Brien
Republican Party Fred Upton
Libertarian Party Christie Gelineau
Independent Jason Gatties
Fred Upton Republican Party Fred Upton No
7th Democratic Party Kurt R. Haskell
Republican PartyTim Walberg
Libertarian Party Ken Proctor
Green Party Richard Wunsch
Tim Walberg Republican Party Tim Walberg No
8th Democratic Party Lance Enderle
Republican Party Mike Rogers
Libertarian Party Daniel Goebel
Independent Preston Brooks
Mike Rogers (Michigan) Republican Party Mike Rogers No
9th Democratic Party Sander Levin
Republican Party Don Volaric
Libertarian Party Jim Fulner
Green Party Julia Williams
Independent Les Townsend (UST)
Gary Peters Democratic Party Sander Levin No
10th Democratic Party Chuck Stadler
Republican Party Candice Miller
Libertarian Party Bhagwan Dashairya
Candice Miller Republican Party Candice Miller No
11th Democratic Party Syed Taj
Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio
Libertarian Party John Tatar
Green Party Steven Paul Duke
Independent Daniel Johnson (NLP)
Thaddeus McCotter Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio No
12th Democratic Party John D. Dingell
Republican Party Cynthia Kallgren
Libertarian Party Richard Secula
Sandy Levin Democratic Party John D. Dingell No
13th Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.
Republican Party Harry T. Sawicki
Libertarian Party Chris Sharer
Independent Martin Gray (UST)
Hansen Clarke Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr. No
14th Democratic Party Gary Peters
Republican Party John Hauler
Libertarian Party Leonard Schwartz
Green Party Douglas Campbell
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party Gary Peters No
15th District Removed in Redistricting John D. Dingell, Jr. N/A N/A

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

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 14 seats up for election in 2012 in Michigan. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Michigan District 10 General Election Republican Party Candice Miller39.1%328,612Chuck Stadler
U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio6.4%358,139Syed Taj
U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election Democratic Party John D. Dingell39%319,223Cynthia Kallgren
U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.69.1%284,270Harry T. Sawicki
U.S. House, Michigan District 14 General Election Democratic Party Gary Peters66.6%328,792John Hauler
U.S. House, Michigan District 1 General Election Republican Party Dan Benishek0.5%347,037Gary McDowell
U.S. House, Michigan District 2 General Election Republican Party Bill Huizenga26.9%318,267Willie German, Jr.
U.S. House, Michigan District 3 General Election Republican Party Justin Amash8.4%326,283Steve Pestka
U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election Republican Party Dave Camp29.5%312,949Debra Freidell Wirth
U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election Democratic Party Dan Kildee33.5%330,146Jim Slezak
U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election Republican Party Fred Upton12%320,475Mike O'Brien
U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election Republican Party Tim Walberg10.3%318,069Kurt R. Haskell
U.S. House, Michigan District 8 General Election Republican Party Mike Rogers21.3%345,054Lance Enderle
U.S. House, Michigan District 9 General Election Democratic Party Sander Levin27.9%337,316Don Volaric

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also