Michigan's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Michigan's 8th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Mike Rogers (Michigan) Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Mike Rogers (Michigan) Republican Party
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The 8th Congressional District of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Incumbent Mike Rogers 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: Incumbent Mike Rogers (R), who was first elected to the 8th District in 2000 ran for re-election.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. Michigan's 8th Congressional District is located in the mid region of the lower penninsula of Michigan and includes the state capital Lansing. It includes Oakland, Livingston, and Ingham counties.[3]

This is the 8th Congressional District prior to the 2010 redistricting.


General election candidates

Democratic Party Lance Enderle
Republican Party Mike RogersGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Daniel Goebel
Independent Preston Brooks

August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Democrat Michael Magdich initially appeared on the official candidate list, but was later disqualified.[7]

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 8th District became more Republican because of redistricting.[8]

  • 2012: 49D / 51R
  • 2010: 50D / 50R

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 8th Congressional District has a PVI of R+2, which is the 213th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by Barack Obama (D), 53-47 percent over John McCain (R). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 55-45 percent over John Kerry (D).[9]

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, Michigan District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Lance Enderle 37.3% 128,657
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rogers Incumbent 58.6% 202,217
     Libertarian Daniel Goebel 2.3% 8,083
     Independent Preston Brooks 1.8% 6,097
Total Votes 345,054
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary

Michigan's 8th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rogers Incumbent 85.6% 56,060
Vernon Molnar 5% 3,296
Brian Hetrick 9.3% 6,098
Total Votes 65,454

District History


On November 2, 2010, Rogers won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Lance Enderle (D), Bhagwan Dashairya (L), Katherine Houston (Write-In), and Eric Harvey (Write-In) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 8th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Rogers Incumbent 64.1% 156,931
     Democratic Lance Enderle 34.3% 84,069
     Libertarian Bhagwan Dashairya 1.6% 3,881
     Independent Katherine Houston 0% 11
     Independent Eric Harvey 0% 2
Total Votes 244,894

Campaign donors

Lance Enderle

Lance Enderle(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]March 31, 2012$155.56$3,519.22$(3,584.39)$90.39
July Quarterly[12]June 30, 2012$90.39$8,175.00$(7,509.52)$755.87
Running totals

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]March 31, 2012$1,600,178.25$285,952.24$(66,077.27)$1,820,053.22
July Quarterly[14]June 30, 2012$1,820,053.22$290,326.44$(76,227.82)$2,034,151.84
Running totals

See also

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