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Michigan's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 5th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Dan Kildee Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dan Kildee 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 5th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Rep. Dan Kildee (D) won his first bid for re-election. First elected in 2012, he won election to the seat previous held by his uncle, Rep. Dale Kildee. Kildee defeated challenger Allen Hardwick (R) for the district seat.

Cook Political Report rated Michigan's 5th Congressional District as a "Safe Democratic" seat in the 2014 election. The district, which included Flint, predominately favored Democratic candidates in the past. Recent economic downturn and unemployment in the region were the major causes for concern and were the primary focuses of each candidate. Kildee said he intended to motivate traditional Democrat voters in the region. One such instance was the arrival of Bill Clinton to campaign for prominent Democrats in Michigan. Though considered the favorite, Kildee emphasized that voter turnout would be critical for the success of his campaign and the campaigns of other Democrats in the state.[3]

Both candidates presented themselves as proponents of bipartisanship but, at the same time, disagreed over how to promote it. During a debate on October 15, 2014, both candidates accused the opposing party of being the source of discontent and dysfunction in Washington. Kildee mainly focused his campaign on protecting manufacturing jobs in Michigan that are critical for the local economy. Hardwick, on the other hand, emphasized that the focus should be on helping the job creators and bringing in new jobs to the district.[4]

Kildee won the Democratic primary, running unopposed for the nomination. Allen Hardwick edged out Tom Whitmire for the Republican nomination on August 5, 2014. Third party candidate Harold H. Jones, of the Libertarian Party, successfully filed to challenge Kildee's seat.

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Dan Kildee (D), who was first elected in 1976.

Michigan's 5th Congressional District is located in the mid region of the lower penninsula of Michigan. It includes Iosco, Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, Tuscola and Genesee counties.[9]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary


General election results

The 5th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Dan Kildee (D) defeated challengers Allen Hardwick (R) and Harold Jones (L) in the general election.

U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kildee Incumbent 66.7% 148,182
     Republican Allen Hardwick 31.2% 69,222
     Libertarian Hal Jones 2.1% 4,734
Total Votes 222,138
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Primary results

U.S. House, Michigan District 5 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Hardwick 51.3% 13,557
Tom Whitmire 48.7% 12,859
Total Votes 26,416
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Campaign contributions

Dan Kildee

Dan Kildee (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$142,259.01$18,249.18$(70,860.57)$89,647.62
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$89,647.62$131,435.50$(45,804.48)$175,278.64
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$175,278.64$95,906.49$(60,692.86)$210,492.27
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$210,492.27$101,531.07$(61,206.74)$250,816.60
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$251,356.60$111,105.00$(33,539.32)$328,922.28
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$328,922.00$141,507.00$(92,442.00)$377,987.00
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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The 5th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Dan Kildee won the election in the district.[15]

U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kildee 65% 214,531
     Republican Jim Slezak 31.5% 103,931
     Libertarian Gregory Creswell 1.5% 4,990
     Independent David Davenport 2% 6,694
Total Votes 330,146
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Dale Kildee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated John Kupiec (R), J. Matthew de Heus (G) and Michael Moon (L) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDale Kildee incumbent 53% 107,286
     Republican John Kupiec 44.3% 89,680
     Green J. Matthew de Heus 1.3% 2,649
     Libertarian Michael Moon 1.3% 2,648
Total Votes 202,263

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. MLive, "U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee hopes Bill Clinton's visit to Flint will motivate voters; ticket details announced," October 17, 2014
  4. Michigan Radio, "5th District candidates disagree on bipartisanship and other issues during debate," October 15, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Michigan Department of State Website, "Registering to Vote: Step 2," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 31, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Dale Kildee April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee Year-End," accessed January 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Dan Kildee April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," accessed November 3, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013