Michigan's 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 14th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Gary Peters Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party
John Conyers.jpg

Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 14th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Democrat Gary Peters 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: Hansen Clarke (D), who was first elected to represent the 13th District in 2010, ran for re-election in the new 14th District. Incumbent John Conyers, Jr., who was first elected to the 14th District in 1992 and previously represented the 1st District from 1965 until 1993, instead ran in the 13th District.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 14th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan encompassing the northwest side of Detroit, the suburbs located immediately west of the city, the Downriver suburbs adjacent to the Detroit River and the enclaves of Highland Park and Hamtramck. It includes Wayne and Oakland counties.[3]

This is the 14th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Gary PetersGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Hauler
Libertarian Party Leonard Schwartz
Green Party Douglas Campbell

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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 14th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 77D / 23R
  • 2010: 53D / 47R

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 14th Congressional District has a PVI of D+27, which is the 25th most Democratic district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 82-18 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, John Kerry (D) won the district 76-24 percent over George W. Bush (R).[10]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Michigan District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters Incumbent 82.3% 270,450
     Republican John Hauler 15.6% 51,395
     Libertarian Leonard Schwartz 1.2% 3,968
     Green Douglas Campbell 0.9% 2,979
Total Votes 328,792
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Democratic Primary

Michigan's 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Peters 47% 41,230
Hansen Clark 35.2% 30,847
Brenda Lawrence 13.3% 11,644
Mary Waters 3.3% 2,919
Bob Costello 1.2% 1,027
Total Votes 87,667



Below is a campaign ad from Republican candidate John Hauler.

John Hauler

John Hauler, "Let's Work Together"[11]

Campaign donors

Gary Peters

Gary Peters (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]March 31, 2012$1,048,760.99$277,816.73$(96,573.82)$1,230,003.90
July Quarterly[13]June 30, 2012$1,230,003.90$316,022.79$(732,977.24)$813,049.45
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Conyers won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Don Ukrainec (R), Richard J. Secula (L), and Marc J. Sosnowski (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 14th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Conyers, Jr. Incumbent 76.8% 115,511
     Republican Don Ukrainec 19.9% 29,902
     Libertarian Richard J. Secula 1.2% 1,859
     U.S. Taxpayers Marc J. Sosnowski 2.1% 3,206
Total Votes 150,478

See also

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