Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
John Moolenaar Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Dave Camp Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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The 4th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. With the retirement of Rep. Dave Camp, three Republicans announced that they would run for the open seat, which was rated as "Safe Republican" by the Cook Political Report. Despite Paul Mitchell having led in polls, state Sen. John Moolenaar won the Republican primary. He also defeated Jeff Holmes (D) in the general election, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

The race favored Moolenaar whose political past left him well connected to the local population. The Detroit News endorsed Moolenaar as the favorite candidate in the 4th Congressional District. Citing his previous experience in state legislature, the editorial board found Moolenaar to be properly equipped to work in the D.C. political environment. The article specifically stated: "He was an effective lawmaker, serving three terms in the state House before being elected to the Senate in 2010. His focus in the Legislature was on education, and he was also a member of appropriations."[3]

Moolenaar maintained the ability to outspend Holmes by having over $100,000 cash on hand for his campaign finances. [4] Since the release of the October Quarterly, Moolenaar was able to maintain an overwhelming advantage in fundraising and contributions.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 22, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: 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.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters must have registered by June 7, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Michigan elections, 2014

Incumbent: Dave Camp (R), who was first elected in 1990, will retire at the end of his term, leaving the seat open.

Michigan's 4th Congressional District is located in the central region of the lower peninsula of Michigan. It includes Wexford, Osceola, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Gladwin, Clare, Mecosta, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Montcalm, Gratiot, Clinton and Shiawassee counties.[9]

Candidates

General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Elections

General election results

The 4th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent John Moolenaar (R) defeated challengers Jeff Holmes (D), Will Tyler White (L) and George Zimmer (I) in the general election.

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 56.5% 123,962
     Democratic Jeff Holmes 39.1% 85,777
     Libertarian Will Tyler White 2.1% 4,694
     U.S. Tax Payers Party Georgia M. Zimmer 2.3% 4,990
Total Votes 219,423
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Primary results

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Peter Konetchy 11.3% 7,408
Paul Mitchell 36.3% 23,844
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Moolenaar 52.4% 34,399
Total Votes 65,651
Source: Michigan Secretary of State

Media

John Moolenaar ads


"Stimulus"

"Conservative Results"

Paul Mitchell ads


"My Record"

"Renew the Dream"

Polls

Michigan's 4th District Republican Primary
Poll Paul Mitchell John MoolenaarPeter KonetchyMargin of ErrorSample Size
Pratical EPIC-MRA (July 12-13, 2014)
50%23%7%+/-3.5800
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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

Campaign contributions

John Moolenaar

John Moolenaar (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2014$285,529.00$72,366.00$(215,433.00)$142,463.00
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2014$142,463$447,929$(377,524)$212,869
Running totals
$520,295$(592,957)

Jeff Holmes

Jeff Holmes (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$1,400.00$13,382.00$(2,367.00)$37,415.00
Running totals
$13,382$(2,367)

Peter Konetchy

Peter Konetchy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[12]January 28, 2014$1,197.50$2,956.71$(1,326.70)$2,827.51
Running totals
$2,956.71$(1,326.7)

Dave Camp

Below are Camp's FEC reports before he announced he would not seek re-election.

Dave Camp (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2013$2,653,090.39$362,153.83$(277,951.44)$2,737,292.77
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2013$2,737,292.77$788,758.91$(488,161.79)$3,037,889.89
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2013$3,037,889.89$456,342.87$(296,133.3)$3,198,099.13
Year-End[16]January 31, 2014$2,804,267.40$10,627.55$(161,804.57)$2,653,090.38
Running totals
$1,617,883.16$(1,224,051.1)

District history

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2012

The 4th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Dave Camp won re-election in the district.[17]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Dave Camp won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Jerry Campbell (D), John Emerick (U.S. Taxpayers) and Clint Foster (L) in the general election.[18]

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

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 26, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. The Detroit News, "Our endorsements for the U.S. Congress," accessed October 19, 2014
  4. Federal Election Commission, "Report for Receipts and Disbursements," accessed October 6, 2014
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  7. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  8. Michigan Department of State Website, "Registering to Vote: Step 2," accessed January 3, 2014
  9. Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 31, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Peter Konetchy Year-End," accessed February 25, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Dave Camp Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Michigan," accessed November 3, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013