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Michigan's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Justin Amash Republican Party
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Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd Congressional District of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 22, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Michigan is one of 13 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[4]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

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

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.[5]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

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The 2012 election race in Michigan's third district was a close race, with Justin Amash securing victory with a 8.4% margin of victory. This district has become more competitive as a result of redistricting, with FairVote dropping the Republican edge from 8% to 6%.[8] Justin Amash,who spent $1,193,611, was out spent by his opponent, who spent $2,076,680, money largely taken from extensive self-financing.[9]


In January 2014, the conservative Club for Growth purchased six-figures worth of radio time for an ad attacking Brian Ellis' tenure on the East Grand Rapids School Board and his position within Jennifer Granholm's administration.[10]

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Campaign contributions

Justin Amash

Justin Amash (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2013$77,843.52$124,307.31$(87,659.08)$114,491.75
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2013$114,491.75$219,463.20$(169,535.80)$164,419.15
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$164,419.15$207,884.69$(58,459.13)$313,844.71
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$313,844.71$518,776.33$(100,743.15)$731,877.89
Running totals

District history

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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 re-election in the district.[15]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Justin Amash won election to the United States House. He defeated Pat Miles (D), James Rogers (L), Ted Gerrard (U.S. Taxpayers) and Charlie Shick (G) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Michigan District 3 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

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