Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Dave Camp Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Camp Republican Party
Dave Camp.jpg

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The 4th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Dave Camp 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 Dave Camp (R), who was first elected in 1993.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 4th Congressional District is located in the central region of the lower penninsula of Michigan. It includes Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Gladwin, Clare, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Montcolm, Gratiot, Clinton, and Shiawassee counties.[3]

This is the 4th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Debra Freidell Wirth
Republican Party Dave CampGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Gelineau
Green Party Pat Timmons
Independent George Zimmer (UST)

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

Election results

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Debra Freidell Wirth 33.6% 104,996
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Camp Incumbent 63.1% 197,386
     Libertarian John Gelineau 1.4% 4,285
     Green Pat Timmons 0.9% 2,776
     UST George Zimmer 1.1% 3,506
Total Votes 312,949
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 4th District partisan breakdown did not change because of redistricting.[5]

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

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 4th Congressional District has a PVI of R+4, which is the 198th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 51-49 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 56-44 percent over John Kerry (D).[6]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Camp won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jerry M. Campbell (D), Clint Foster (L), and John Emerick (U.S. Taxpayers'), in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Camp Incumbent 66.2% 148,531
     Democratic Jerry M. Campbell 30.5% 68,458
     Libertarian Clint Foster 1.6% 3,504
     U.S. Taxpayers' John Emerick 1.7% 3,861
Total Votes 224,354

Campaign donors

Dave Camp

Dave Camp (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$2,994,137.26$402,818.86$(204,610.94)$3,192,345.18
July Quarterly[9]June 30, 2012$3,192,345.18$631,008.74$(362,794.49)$3,460,559.43
Running totals

See also

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