Michigan's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 12th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
John D. Dingell Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

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

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The 12th Congressional District of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rep. John Dingell (D), the longest serving representative in congressional history, announced that he would retire at the end of his current term. Following the announcement, there was speculation as to would run. Debbie Dingell, his wife, was quickly courted and announced that she would, indeed, run. Debbie, 28 years her husband's junior, would be the first woman to succeed a living spouse in Congress. Although 47 wives have "inherited" their husband's seats after death, the Dingells would be the first instance in which the husband was still alive.[3] Since Debbie Dingell won the Democratic primary against Raymond Mullins, the Republican nominee, Terry Bowman will have a long road ahead; John Dingell defeated his 2012 opponent by 38.9 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: John D. Dingell, Jr. (D), who was first elected in 1955, announced that he will retire at the end of his term, leaving the seat open.

Michigan's 12th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower penninsula of Michigan in Detroit's inner suburbs to the north. It includes Washtersaw and Wayne counties.[8]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


Debbie Dingell has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.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.[10] 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.[11] John Dingell voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Yea3.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.[13] 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. John Dingell voted for HR 2775.[14]

Campaign contributions

Debbie Dingell

Debbie Dingell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$0.00$529,806.58$(11,543.38)$518,263.20
Running totals

John Dingell

Below are the FEC reports filed by Rep. Dingell's campaign before he announced he would not seek re-election.

John Dingell (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$387,065.14$39,370.07$(100,383.65)$326,051
July Quarterly[17]July 16, 2013$326,051.56$16,615.49$(90,851.58)$402,015.46
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2013$402,015.46$83,433.39$(148,046.62)$337,402.23
Year-End[19]January 31, 2014$337,402.23$108,624.67$(114,660.00)$331,366.90
Running totals

District history

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The 12th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent from the 15th District, John D. Dingell, Jr., won the election in the district.[20]

U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn D. Dingell Incumbent 67.9% 216,884
     Republican Cynthia Kallgren 29% 92,472
     Libertarian Richard Secula 3.1% 9,867
Total Votes 319,223
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Sander Levin won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Don Volaric (R), Julia Williams (G), Leonard Schwartz (L), Les Townsend (U.S. Taxpayers) and Alan Jacquemotte (Natural Law) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSander Levin incumbent 61.1% 124,671
     Republican Don Volaric 35% 71,372
     Green Julia Williams 1.5% 3,038
     Libertarian Leonard Schwartz 1.1% 2,342
     U.S. Taxpayers Les Townsend 1.1% 2,285
     Natural Law Alan Jacquemotte 0.2% 409
Total Votes 204,117

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 26, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. The Washington Post, "Interactive: When women inherit their husbands’ Congressional seats," July 23, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  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. Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 31, 2012
  9. Roll Call, "EMILY’s List Endorses Debbie Dingell," accessed March 17, 2014
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Debbie Dingell April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "John Dingell April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "John Dingell July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "John Dingell October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "John Dingell Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," November 6, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013