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Michigan's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 13th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party
John Conyers.jpg

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 13th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rep. John Conyers, a 50 year incumbent, came under fire surrounding the signatures required for his ballot access. Although Conyers was temporarily removed from the ballot, he was eventually reinstated. He defeated his primary opponent, Horace Sheffield, to win the nomination for his re-election. Conyers defeated Jeff Gorman (R), Chris Sharer(L) and Sam Johnson (I) in the general election.[3]

General election opponent Jeff Gorman ran unopposed in the Republican primary to win his nomination. Despite the controversy surrounding Conyers, polls suggested he would find himself maintaining his congressional seat. In 2012, Conyers defeated his Republican opponent by over 69 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 was October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was John Conyers, Jr. (D), who was first elected in 1964.

Michigan's 13th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower penninsula of Michigan. It includes the east side of Detroit, portions of the city's near west side, the inner suburbs of River Rouge, Harper Woods, Ecorse, the downriver communities of Lincoln Park and Wyandotte, as well as the upscale Grosse Pointe suburbs. It includes Wayne county.[8]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Ballot requirement controversy

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Michigan

On May 13, 2014, the Wayne County Clerk, Cathy Garrett, announced that the signatures coming from two of Conyers' petition circulators were invalid, disqualifying him from the August 5 primary ballot.[9] It was later discovered that one of Conyers' petitioners was a fugitive with a criminal record.[10][11] On May 23, 2014, a federal judge overturned the original decision. Because of this, Conyers was reinstated on the ballot.
The judge said in his ruling: "There is evidence that their failure to comply with the Registration Statute was the result of good faith mistakes and that they believed they were in compliance with the statute."[12]

General election results

The 13th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Conyers, Jr. (D) defeated challengers Jeff Gorman (R), Chris Sharer (L) and Sam Johnson (I) in the general election.

U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. Incumbent 79.5% 132,710
     Republican Jeff Gorman 16.3% 27,234
     Libertarian Chris Sharer 2.1% 3,537
     Independent Sam Johnson 2.1% 3,466
Total Votes 166,947
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Primary results

U.S. House, Michigan District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. Incumbent 86.3% 42,005
Horace Sheffield 13.7% 6,696
Total Votes 48,701
Source: Michigan Secretary of State


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.[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] John Conyers, Jr. voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

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.[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. John Conyers, Jr. voted for HR 2775.[17]

Campaign contributions

John Conyers, Jr.

John Conyers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2013$63,322.67$92,905.18$(82,660.82)$73,567.03
July Quarterly[19]July 15, 2013$73,567.03$90,218.83$(49,472.70)$114,313.16
October Quarterly[20]October 15, 2013$114,313.16$83,684.56$(65,482.43)$132,515.29
Year-End[21]January 31, 2014$132,515.29$75,057.68$(91,262.92)$116,310.05
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$116,310.05$60,921.19$(65,228.62)$112,002.62
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$112,002.00$166,195.00$(135,539.00)$143,806.00
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 13th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. The incumbent from the 14th District, John Conyers, Jr., won the election in the district.[23]

U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. Incumbent 82.8% 235,336
     Republican Harry T. Sawicki 13.6% 38,769
     Libertarian Chris Sharer 2.1% 6,076
     UST Martin Gray 1.4% 4,089
Total Votes 284,270
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Hansen Clarke won election to the United States House. He defeated John Hauler (R), George Corsetti (G), Duane Montgomery (NPA), Heidi Peterson (L) and James Casha (Write-in) in the general election.[24]

U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHansen Clarke 79.4% 100,885
     Republican John Hauler 18.5% 23,462
     Green George Corsetti 0.8% 1,032
     No Party Affiliation Duane Montgomery 0.7% 881
     Libertarian Heidi Peterson 0.6% 815
     Write-in James Casha 0% 1
Total Votes 127,076

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 House Races," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 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. Washington Post, "Wait, John Conyers was ruled ineligible for the ballot after 50 years in office?," May 13, 2014
  10. Detroit Free Press, "Petition worker for U.S. Rep John Conyers is a fugitive," May 9, 2014
  11. Huffington Post, "Long-Serving Congressman John Conyers May Not Make It On The Primary Ballot," May 2, 2014
  12. Detroit Free Press, "Federal judge puts U.S. Rep. John Conyers back on primary ballot," May 23, 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, "John Conyers April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "John Conyers July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission, "John Conyers October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission, "John Conyers Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "John Conyers April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," accessed November 3, 2012
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013