Michigan's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 6th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Fred Upton Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Fred Upton Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2014 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 4, 2014. Upton was first elected in 1987 and last won re-election in 2012 over Mike O'Brien.

Incumbent Fred Upton (R) defeated Paul Clements (D), Erwin J. Haas (L) and John Lawrence (G) in the general election.[3] Cook Political Report rated the district as a "Safe Republican" win in 2014. Upton maintained a strong financial advantage over Paul Clements, who was a professor of political science at Western Michigan University. Furthermore, Upton improved his chances with his long tenure and relative popularity among conservatives in the district. Clements stated that he felt Upton had become too conservative in his views, as he original won the district as a moderate Republican. Moreover, Clements felt that could help swing voters his way since he described the district as a "moderate" area.[4]

Rep. Fred Upton, the incumbent, faced a primary challenge from Jim Bussler in the August primary. Upton easily defeated Bussler to seek his re-election in November general election. He faced challenger Paul Clements, a professor, in the general election. Clements ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

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 Fred Upton (R), who was first elected in 1986.

Michigan's 6th Congressional District is located in the southwestern region of the lower penninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Kalamazoo. It includes Allegan, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Cass and Berrien counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates


August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Elections

General election results

The 6th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Fred Upton (R) defeated challengers Paul Clements (D), Erwin J. Haas (L) and John Lawrence (G) in the general election.

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 55.8% 116,601
     Democratic Paul Clements 40.4% 84,391
     Libertarian Erwin Haas 2.6% 5,530
     Green John Lawrence 1.1% 2,254
Total Votes 208,776
Source: Secretary of State 100% reporting Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Primary results

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFred Upton Incumbent 71.2% 37,731
Jim Bussler 28.8% 15,283
Total Votes 53,014
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Campaign contributions

Fred Upton

Fred Upton (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2013$70,588.16$475,607.87$(157,097.03)$389,099.01
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2013$389,099.01$464,716.88$(134,032.19)$719,783.70
October Quarterly[12]October 15, 2013$719,783.70$274,515.89$(101,188.69)$893,110.90
Year-End[13]January 31, 2014$893,110.90$272,260.89$(233,437.94)$931,933.85
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2014$931,933.85$500,954.18$(127,300.94)$1,305,587.09
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,305,587.00$457,732.00$(160,669.00)$1,602,952.00
Running totals
$2,445,787.71$(913,725.79)

Paul Clements

Paul Clements (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2013$0.00$13,360.00$(614.08)$12,745.92
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$12,745.92$36,565.00$(4,102.57)$45,208.35
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$45,208.35$85,900.14$(21,290.71)$109,817.78
Year-End[18]January 31, 2014$109,817.78$107,465.74$(15,175.46)$202,108.06
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$202,108.06$122,178.61$(48,325.61)$275,961.06
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$275,961.00$128,083.00$(44,815.00)$359,229.00
Running totals
$493,552.49$(134,323.43)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

The 6th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Fred Upton won re-election in the district.[20]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Fred Upton won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Don Cooney (D), Melvin Valkner (U.S. Taxpayers), Fred Strand (L) and Pat Foster (G) in the general election.[21]

U.S. House, Michigan District 6 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
     U.S. Taxpayers Melvin Valkner 1.8% 3,672
     Libertarian Fred Strand 1.7% 3,369
     Green Pat Foster 0.9% 1,784
Total Votes 198,696

See also

External links

References

  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. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  4. WKZO, "Paul Clements talks campaign against Congressman Fred Upton," October 01, 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, "Fred Upton April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Upton July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Upton October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Upton Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Fred Upton April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Clements April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Clements July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Clements October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Clements Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Paul Clements April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  20. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," accessed November 3, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013