Michigan's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
August 7, 2012
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: Michigan has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.
Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.
- See also: Michigan elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bill Huizenga (R), who was first elected in 2010.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western region of the lower penninsula of Michigan. It includes Lake, Newaygo, Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Kent, and Ottawa counties.
General election candidates
August 7, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, Michigan District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Willie German, Jr.||34.2%||108,973|
|Republican||Bill Huizenga Incumbent||61.2%||194,653|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
The following was a campaign ad released by incumbent Bill Huizenga.
Bill Huizenga, "Bill means Business"
Impact of Redistricting
- See also Redistricting in Michigan
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. Michigan's 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.
- 2012: 45D / 55R
- 2010: 45D / 55R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measures each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. Michigan's 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+7, which is the 142nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).
|Bill Huizenga (2012) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2012||$266,981.35||$163,259.75||$(50,274.8)||$379,966.3|
|July Quarterly||July 13, 2012||$379,966.3||$140,787.7||$(252,917.62)||$267,836.38|
On November 2, 2010, Huizenga won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Fred Johnson (D), Joseph Gillotte (L), Ronald E. Graeser (U.S. Taxpayers'), and Lloyd Clarke (G) in the general election.
- United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012
- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2012 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates," accessed June 29, 2012
- Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
- YouTube channel
- "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Michigan," September 2012
- Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "Bill Huizenga Summary Report," accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed October 1, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" accessed December 11, 2011