Michigan's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Bill Huizenga Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Bill Huizenga Republican Party
Bill Huizenga.jpg

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

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The 2nd Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Bill Huizenga 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: Heading into the election the incumbent was Bill Huizenga (R), who was first elected in 2010.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 2nd Congressional District is located in the western region of the lower peninsula of Michigan. It includes Lake, Newaygo, Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Kent, and Ottawa counties.[3]

This is the 2nd Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Republican Party Bill HuizengaGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Willie German, Jr. (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma
Green Party William Opalicky
Independent Ronald Graeser (UST)

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates declared an intent to run.

Republican Party Republican Primary

Election results

U.S. House, Michigan District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Willie German, Jr. 34.2% 108,973
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Huizenga Incumbent 61.2% 194,653
     Libertarian Mary Buzuma 2.7% 8,750
     Green William Opalicky 0.9% 2,715
     UST Ronald Graeser 1% 3,176
Total Votes 318,267
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"



The following was a campaign ad released by incumbent Bill Huizenga.

Bill Huizenga, "Bill means Business"[4]

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 2nd District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[5]

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

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 2nd Congressional District has a PVI of R+7, which is the 142nd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 61-39 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Bill Huizenga's reports.

Bill Huizenga (2012)[7] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]April 14, 2012$266,981.35$163,259.75$(50,274.8)$379,966.3
July Quarterly[9]July 13, 2012$379,966.3$140,787.7$(252,917.62)$267,836.38
Running totals

District History


On November 2, 2010, Huizenga won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Fred Johnson (D), Joseph Gillotte (L), Ronald E. Graeser (U.S. Taxpayers'), and Lloyd Clarke (G) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 2nd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Huizenga 65.3% 148,864
     Democratic Fred Johnson 31.6% 72,118
     Libertarian Joseph Gilotte 1.2% 2,701
     U.S. Taxpayers' Ronald E. Graeser 1% 2,379
     Green Lloyd Clarke 0.9% 2,016
Total Votes 228,078

See also

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