Michigan's 11th Congressional District special election, 2012
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.
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.
General election candidates
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.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 11 Special Republican Primary, 2012|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012
- Michigan.gov, "Governor required to call special election to fill 11th Congressional District vacancy," July 10, 2012
- Michigan.gov, "Governor required to call special election to fill 11th Congressional District vacancy ," July 10, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "Curson and Bentivolio both won bids for McCotter's seat," November 7, 2012
- Click On Detroit, "Michigan's David Curson gets 6 weeks in US Congress," November 7, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "Costly special primary likely as 5 Republicans file to fill out McCotter's term," July 21, 2012