Michigan's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Sander Levin Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Gary Peters Democratic Party
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The 9th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Democrat Sander Levin 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 Gary Peters (D), who was first elected to the 9th District in 2008 ran for re-election in the newly drawn 14th District. Sander Levin (D), who was first elected to the 12th District in 1992 and previously represented the 17th District from 1983 until 1993, ran for re-election in the 9th.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 9th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan. It includes Oakland and Macomb counties.[3]

This is the 9th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Sander LevinGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Volaric
Libertarian Party Jim Fulner
Green Party Julia Williams
Independent Les Townsend (UST)

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Note: Democrat Allen James O'Neil initially expressed interest in running, but failed to appear on the official candidate list.

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 9th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 55D / 45R
  • 2010: 62D / 38R

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 9th Congressional District has a PVI of D+5, which is the 146th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 59-41 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 54-47 percent over George W. Bush.[9]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Michigan District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSander Levin Incumbent 61.9% 208,846
     Republican Don Volaric 34% 114,760
     Libertarian Jim Fulner 1.8% 6,100
     Green Julia Williams 1.4% 4,708
     UST Les Townsend 0.9% 2,902
Total Votes 337,316
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Michigan's 9th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Volaric Incumbent 61.6% 24,519
Gregory Dildilian 38.4% 15,284
Total Votes 39,803

Campaign donors

Sandy Levin

Sandy Levin (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]March 31, 2012$362,162.32$204,849.00$(140,832.24)$426,179.08
July Quarterly[11]June 30, 2012$426,179.08$376,303.00$(375,955.32)$426,526.76
Running totals

Don Volaric

Don Volaric(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$0.00$3,335.00$(1,778.51)$1,556.49
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$1,556.49$5,647.00$(5,699.53)$1,503.96
Running totals

Gregory Dildilian

Gregory Dildilian(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$0.00$6,835.05$(4,312.56)$2,522.49
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Peters won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Rocky Raczkowski (R), Adam Goodman (L), Douglas Campbell (G), Bob Gray (I), and Matthew Kuofie (I) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 9th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters Incumbent 49.8% 125,730
     Republican Rocky Raczkowski 47.2% 119,325
     Libertarian Adam Goodman 1% 2,601
     Green Douglas Campbell 1% 2,484
     Independent Bob Gray 0.7% 1,866
     Independent Matthew Kuofie 0.3% 644
Total Votes 252,650

See also

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