Michigan's 11th Congressional District special election, 2012

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The 11th Congressional District of Michigan held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R). The primary took place on September 5, 2012, while the general election coincided with the general election on November 6, 2012. Candidates who wished to run had until July 20, 2012, to collect the 1,000 required petition signatures to get onto the ballot.[1]

David Curson (D) won the special election over Kerry Bentivolio (R). However, on the same night, voters chose Bentivolio to represent the district for the full two-year term of the next session of Congress. Curson served in the lame-duck session at the end of 2012.[2][3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party David Curson Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio

September 5, 2012 primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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Five Republicans and one Democrat filed signatures to run in the special primary election. Because all four of the GOP candidates did not drop out of the race, a costly primary election was held on September 5, 2012, costing counties and communities $650,000. The special election was forced to be separate from the August 7, 2012, primary due to the timing of when McCotter resigned from the seat. His abrupt resignation on July 6, 2012, came too late for the special election primary to be held in conjunction with the regular primary election.[4]

Election results

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 Special Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 41.7% 10,280
Nancy Cassis 35.7% 8,804
Steve King 10.8% 2,654
Kenneth Crider 7% 1,715
Carolyn Kavanagh 4.9% 1,208
Total Votes 24,661

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