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Michigan's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Fred Upton Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Fred Upton Republican Party
Fred Upton.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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

Incumbent Fred Upton 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: Incumbent Fred Upton (R), who was first elected to the 6th District in 1992 and previously represented the 4th District from 1987 until 1993, ran for re-election.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 6th Congressional District is located in the southwestern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Kalamazoo. It includes Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Cass, and Berrien counties.[3]

This is the 6th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike O'Brien
Republican Party Fred UptonGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Christie Gelineau
Independent Jason Gatties

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: John Waltz withdrew from the primary in February 2012[5]

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mike O'Brien 42.6% 136,563
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 54.6% 174,955
     Libertarian Christie Gelineau 2% 6,366
     UST Jason Gatties 0.8% 2,591
Total Votes 320,475
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Michigan's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 66.3% 34,581
Jack Hoogendyk 33.7% 17,561
Total Votes 52,142



Below are two campaign ads from Republican incumbent Fred Upton and Democratic challenger Mike O'Brien.

Fred Upton

Fred Upton, "Jobs & the Economy remain Fred's #1 priority "[7]

Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien, "Leadership"[8]

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 6th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 52D / 48R
  • 2010: 51D / 49R

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 6th Congressional District has a PVI of R+1, which is the 224th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 54-46 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign donors

Fred Upton

Fred Upton (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$1,709,245.21$988,640.83$(428,062.49)$2,269,823.55
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$2,269,823.55$627,514.16$(1,008,368.12)$1,888,969.59
Running totals

Jack Hoogendyk

Jack Hoogendyk (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$4,015.15$78,106.86$(38,708.98)$43,413.03
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$43,413.03$43,886.45$(53,519.35)$33,780.13
Running totals

Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$0.00$95,203.67$(5,601.39)$89,602.28
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Upton won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Don Cooney (D), Fred Strand (L), Melvin D. Valkner (U.S. Taxpayers), and Pat Foster (G) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 6th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 62% 123,142
     Democratic Don Cooney 33.6% 66,729
     Libertarian Fred Strand 1.7% 3,369
     U.S. Taxpayers Melvin D. Valkner 1.8% 3,672
     Green Pat Foster 0.9% 1,784
Total Votes 198,696

See also

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