Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Kerry Bentivolio Republican Party
Kerry Bentivolio.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]

Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R), who was first elected in 2012 after the retirement of Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, faced an uphill battle in the primary election on August 5, 2014. David Trott, a Michigan businessman and lawyer, defeated Bentivolio after leading in the polls in the months leading up to the election. Bentivolio, a reindeer farmer who was endorsed by tea party organizations in his 2012 bid for election, was accused by Trott of refusing to debate the issues and not holding town halls for 11th District residents.[3] Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Trott for the race. Bentivolio received endorsements from the Tea Party Express and the Republican Liberty Caucus, among others. Trott will face Bobby McKenzie in November. In 2012, Bentivolio only beat his Democratic competitor by six percentage points.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 22, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Michigan is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters must have registered by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Kerry Bentivolio (R), who was first elected in 2012. Bentivolio was defeated by Dave Trott on primary election night. Bentivolio is often referred to as the "accidental congressman" because he was able to win election in 2012 because of ballot access issues former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter unexpectedly had, which prevented him from appearing on the ballot.[8]

Michigan's 11th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan and includes the cities of Livonia, Canton and Westland. It includes Wayne and Oakland counties.[9]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Race background

Primary election

In contrast to the narrative of the 2010 and 2012 elections of tea party candidates challenging incumbent, more establishment candidates, businessman and Republican party leader David Trott engaged and beat Rep. Bentivolio, who received a conservative ranking of 100 percent in 2014 from FreedomWorks' Congressional Scorecard, in a primary battle.[10] Rep. Bentivolio lost in the Republican primary on August 5, 2014. Trott had excellent initial fundraising numbers and led in the polls throughout the months leading up to the election.[11]


The 2012 election race in Michigan's 11th district was a close race, with Kerry Bentivolio securing victory with a 6.4% margin of victory. According to the analysis by FairVote, the district's composition became more favorable to Republicans following the 2010 redistricting, shifting from a 2% edge for Democrats to a 6% edge for Republicans. Bentivolio faced off against Syed Taj in the Republican primary, as a result of incumbent Thaddeus McCotter's inability to garner enough signatures for his petition for nomination. Bentivolio was supported by the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program, which aimed to help incoming Republicans. Bentivolio was outspent by his opponent, spending $482,219 compared to Taj's $677,582.[12]


Kerry Bentivolio vs. Dave Trott
Poll Kerry Bentivolio Dave TrottUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
National Research Inc.
(June 22-23, 2014)
WXYZ/Detroit Free Press
(July 12-13, 2014)
AVERAGES 26% 46% 28% +/-4.2 611
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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


Michigan's 11th Congressional District Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Kerry Bentivolio Dave Trott
Tea Party Express February 19, 2014
U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 14, 2014
Mitt Romney June 10, 2014


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Kerry Bentivolio voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded 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.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Kerry Bentivolio voted against HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

Kerry Bentivolio

Kerry Bentivolio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 16, 2013$0.00$40,850.17$(5,100.68)$35,749.49
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$35,749.49$65,491.76$(63,480.72)$37,760.53
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$37,760.53$59,177.00$(58,259.92)$38,677.61
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$38,677.61$127,165.25$(36,633.12)$129,209.74
Pre-Primary[22]July 16, 2014$167,942$9,685$(52,486)$125,141
Running totals

David Trott

David Trott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[23]October 15, 2013$0.00$648,519.32$(196,098.01)$452,421.31
Year-End[24]January 31, 2014$452,421.31$450,564.97$(192,257.09)$710,729.19
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2014$710,729.19$587,335.50$(256,543.33)$1,041,521.36
Running totals

Bobby McKenzie

Bobby McKenzie (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[26]January 27, 2014$0$106,826.17$(1,928.56)$104,897.61
April Quarterly[27]March 28, 2014$104,897.61$133,034.72$(72,946.21)$164,986.12
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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The 11th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Kerry Bentivolio won the election in the district.[28]

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Syed Taj 44.4% 158,879
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 50.8% 181,788
     Libertarian John Tatar 2.7% 9,637
     Green Steven Paul Duke 1.3% 4,569
     NLP Daniel Johnson 0.9% 3,251
     Write-in James Van Gilder 0% 14
     Write-in Ralph Sherman 0% 1
Total Votes 358,139
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Thaddeus McCotter won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Natalie Mosher (D) and John Tatar (L) in the general election.[29]

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThaddeus McCotter incumbent 59.3% 141,224
     Democratic Natalie Mosher 38.5% 91,710
     Libertarian John Tatar 2.2% 5,353
Total Votes 238,287

See also

External links


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  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. Crains Detroit, "One term in, and Bentivolio challenged," July 22, 2014
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  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Michigan Department of State Website, "Registering to Vote: Step 2," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. The Huffington Post, "Kerry Bentivolio, 'Accidental Congressman,' Loses Primary To Romney-Backed David Trott," August 6, 2014
  9. Michigan Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
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  11. M Live, "Bentivolio gets Tea Party endorsement as he faces fundraising juggernaut and ambitious Democrats," February 19, 2014
  12. OpenSecrets, "2012 Race: Michigan District 11," accessed August 2014
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Kerry Bentivolio April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Kerry Bentivolio July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Kerry Bentivolio October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Kerry Bentivolio Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Kerry Bentivolio Pre-Primary Report," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "David Trott October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "David Trott Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "David Trott April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Bobby McKenzie Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Bobby McKenzie April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013