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Michigan's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Justin Amash Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Justin Amash Republican Party
Justin Amash.jpg

Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Justin Amash won the election.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 15, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

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.[2]

See also: Michigan elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Justin Amash (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 3rd Congressional District is located in the western region of the lower penninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Grand Rapids. It includes Kent, Ionia, Barry, Montcolm, and Calhoun counties.[3]

This is the 3rd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Pestka
Republican Party Justin AmashGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Bill Gelineau

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Race background

Michigan's 3rd was considered to be Leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. Republican incumbent Justin Amash was challenged by Democrat Steve Pestka. Amash has been considered as "the next Ron Paul" for his libertarian policies and has clashed with Republican leadership.[6]

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Michigan

District partisanship

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 3rd District became less Republican because of redistricting.[7]

  • 2012: 47D / 53R
  • 2010: 46D / 54R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

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 3rd Congressional District has a PVI of R+5, which is the 183rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 50-50 percent (rounded the figures are even, but Obama garnered more votes) over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 58-42 percent over John Kerry (D).[8]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Michigan District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steve Pestka 44.2% 144,108
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Amash Incumbent 52.6% 171,675
     Libertarian Bill Gelineau 3.2% 10,498
     Write-in Steven Butler 0% 2
Total Votes 326,283
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

Michigan's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Petska 58.9% 13,408
Trevor Thomas 41.1% 9,373
Total Votes 22,781

District History


On November 2, 2010, Amash won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Pat Miles (D), James Rogers (L), Ted Gerrard (U.S. Taxpayers'), and Charlie Shick (G) in the general election.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Amash 59.7% 133,714
     Democratic Pat Miles 37.5% 83,953
     Libertarian James Rogers 1.2% 2,677
     U.S. Taxpayers' Ted Gerrard 1% 2,144
     Green Charlie Shick 0.7% 1,575
Total Votes 224,063

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Amash and Pestka's reports.

Justin Amash

Justin Amash (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$162,899.89$139,451.92$(101,800.03)$200,551.78
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$200,551.78$299,376.17$(80,882.08)$419,045.87
Pre-Primary[12]July 26, 2012$419,045.87$11,059.69$(21,529.67)$408,575.89
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$408,575.89$201,813.71$(127,497.55)$482,892.05
Pre-General[14]October 25, 2012$482,892.05$80,179.62$(125,131.12)$437,940.55
Running totals

Steve Pestka

Steve Pestka (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]March 31, 2012$0.00$218,186.74$(22,677.65)$195,509.09
July Quarterly[16]June 30, 2012$195,509.09$576,171.32$(112,619.23)$659,061.18
Pre-Primary[17]September 30, 2012$659,061.18$4,164.33$(211,634.81)$451,590.70
October Quarterly[18]October 15, 2012$451,590.70$613,658.51$(902,962.16)$162,287.05
Pre-General[19]October 25, 2012$162,287.05$59,084.61$(130,594.52)$90,777.14
Running totals

See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  2. Michigan Secretary of State, "2012 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates," accessed June 29, 2012
  3. Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  4. Miami Herald "Gay activist Trevor Thomas runs for Congress in Michigan; 'Time to return to values of Jerry Ford'" March 31, 2012
  5. Michigan Secretary of State "Candidate Filing List" May 17, 2012
  6. New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
  7. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Michigan," September 2012
  8. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 2012
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013 accessed December 11, 2011
  10. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed November 6, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed November 6, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed November 6, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed November 6, 2012