Michigan's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Walberg Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]


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The 7th Congressional District of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Although Rep. Tim Walberg won re-election in 2012 by a margin of victory of over 10 percentage points, Cook Political Report considers Michigan's 7th Congressional District a competitive district, rating it as a "Lean Republican" district. Ballotpedia did not rank MI-7 among our most competitive list due to its 10+ percentage point margin of victory and because the district has trended substantially more Republican since 2008. In 2008, President Obama won the district by over three percentage points. However, in 2012, the totals flipped and Romney won by over three percentage points. Walberg faces a strong opponent in Pam Byrnes. As of July 2014, Walberg still held a strong fundraising advantage with over $800,000 cash-on-hand, double what Byrnes had at that time.
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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters must have registered by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6, 2014.[6]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Tim Walberg (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Michigan's 7th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower penninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Kalamazoo. It includes Eaton, Jackson, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Washeraw and Monroe counties.[7]

Candidates

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

U.S. House, Michigan District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg Incumbent 79.3% 38,046
Douglas Radcliffe North 20.7% 9,934
Total Votes 47,980
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Campaign contributions

Tim Walberg

Tim Walberg (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 15, 2013$276,102.77$116,667.25$(65,297.58)$327,472.44
July Quarterly[9]July 15, 2013$327,472.44$16,142.01$(489,414.45)$434,543.80
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2013$434,543.80$212,363.48$(76,746.81)$570,160.47
Year-End[11]January 31, 2014$570,160.47$220,261.89$(61,873.75)$728,548.61
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$728,548.61$191,466.07$(83,343.70)$836,670.98
Running totals
$756,900.7$(776,676.29)

Pam Byrnes

Pam Byrnes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2013$0.00$191,648.29$(25,297.11)$166,351.18
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$166,351.18$200,464.47$(67,355.76)$299,459.89
April Quarterly[15]April 15, 2014$299,459.89$221,833.37$(97,950.52)$423,342.74
Running totals
$613,946.13$(190,603.39)

District history

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2012

The 7th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Tim Walberg won re-election in the district.[16]

U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kurt R. Haskell 43% 136,849
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg Incumbent 53.3% 169,668
     Libertarian Ken Proctor 2.5% 8,088
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.1% 3,464
Total Votes 318,069
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Race background

The 2012 election race in Michigan's 7th Congressional District a race strongly affected by the 2010 redistricting process.[17] Tim Walberg lost the district to centrist Mark Schauer (D) in 2008. He then beat Schauer in a rematch by 5 points in 2010. The redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, made sure to cut Schauer’s home base out of the district and made it a few points more Republican.[17] This caused Schauer to refuse another attempt, and removed an opponent that has proven strongly competitive for Walberg in the past. Instead Walberg faced off against Kurt R. Haskell. Walberg spent $1,309,735, which was a significantly higher than the $101,252 spent by Haskell.[18]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tim Walberg won election to the United States House. He defeated incumbent Mark Schauer (D), Scott Eugene Aughney (U.S. Taxpayers), Greg Merle (Libertarian), Richard Wunsch (Green) and Danny Davis (Write-in) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg 50.2% 113,185
     Democratic Mark Schauer incumbent 45.4% 102,402
     U.S. Taxpayers Scott Eugene Aughney 1.6% 3,705
     Libertarian Greg Merle 1.4% 3,239
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.4% 3,117
     Write-in Danny Davis 0% 21
Total Votes 225,669

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. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Michigan Department of State Website, "Registering to Vote: Step 2," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. Michigan Redistricting Map "Map" accessed August 31, 2012
  8. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  17. 17.0 17.1 The Hill, "House members most helped by redistricting," accessed March, 2013
  18. Open Secrets, "2012 Race: Michigan District 07" accessed March 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013