Michigan attorney general election, 2014

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Michigan Attorney General Election

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Schuette Republican Party
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The Michigan attorney general election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Bill Schuette (R) was first elected in 2010 and is eligible to run for re-election.

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.[1][2][3] The attorney general and secretary of state did not appear on the primary ballot, and the gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial positions did not have contested primaries in 2014.[4]

This election has developed into a competitive race between incumbent Bill Schuette (R), challenger Mark Totten (D) and three third-party candidates. Jump to our polls section to keep track of polling in the race, or learn more about past elections for attorney general in the past elections section.


General election

Republican Party Bill Schuette - Incumbent[5]
Democratic Party Mark Totten[6]
Libertarian Party Justin M. Altman
Independent U.S. Taxpayers Party candidate Gerald T. Van Sickle
Green Party John Anthony La Pietra

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Mark Totten

Former governor William Milliken (R) endorsed Totten in September. Milliken, who served in office from 1969 to 1983, also endorsed Gov. Rick Snyder (R) over Mark Schauer (D) in the gubernatorial race and Gary Peters (D) over Terri Lynn Land (R) in the U.S. Senate race.[7][8]

Bill Schuette

Schuette received endorsements from the Detroit Police Officers Association and the Retired Detroit Police and Firefighters Association prior to the general election. Both groups pointed to Schuette's defense of their pensions during Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings.[7]


Attorney General of Michigan
Poll Bill Schuette (R) Mark Totten (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Detroit News-WDIV
(September 3-5, 2014)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections

Margin of victory analysis

The average margin of victory in the past three races for attorney general was 6.4 percent. The smallest margin of victory was 0.2 percent in 2002, while the largest margin of victory was 10.2 percent in 2006. Percentages of votes for third-party candidates have increased from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 4.2 percent in 2010. The following chart compares the margin of victory for winners of attorney general races with the margin of victory for candidates who won the most votes for the top race on the ballot:[9]

Margin of victory analysis
Year AG candidate margin of victory (%) Party of winning candidate Top race on ballot Party of winning candidate Margin of victory (%)
2010 8.8 Republican Party Governor of Michigan Republican Party 18.2
2006 10.2 Republican Party Governor of Michigan Democratic Party 14.1
2002 0.2 Republican Party Governor of Michigan Democratic Party 4


2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election[10]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Bill Schuette 52.3%
     Democratic Party David Leyton 43.5%
     Libertarian Party Daniel W. Grow 2.3%
     U.S. Taxpayers Gerald T. Van Sickle 1.9%
Total Votes 3,136,224


2006 Race for Attorney General - General Election[11]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mike Cox 53.8%
     Democratic Party Amos Williams 43.6%
     Libertarian Party Bill Hall 1.6%
     U.S. Taxpayers Charles Conces 1.0%
Total Votes 3,690,415


2002 Race for Attorney General - General Election[12]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Mike Cox 48.9%
     Democratic Party Gary Peters 48.7%
     Green Party Jerry Kaufmann 1.5%
     U.S. Taxpayers Gerald T. Van Sickle 0.9%
Total Votes 3,068,012

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
April 22, 2014 Filing deadline for political party candidates
July 7, 2014 Filing deadline for minor party candidates
August 5, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election

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