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August 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues tomorrow, with elections in Michigan.

Here is what to look for in Michigan, where the polls will be open from 7am to 8pm Central and Eastern times:

Contested Primaries in Michigan -- August 7, 2012
U.S. House
(14 seats)
State Legislature
(110 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 7 (50%) 51 (46.4%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (42.9%) 36 (32.7%)

U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2012

There are five candidates running for Michigan's U.S. Senate seat tomorrow - 4 Republicans and 1 Democrat. Incumbent Debbie Stabenow is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. On the other side of the aisle, Clark Durant, Gary Glenn, Randy Hekman, and Pete Hoekstra compete for the Republican nomination.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012

Michigan has a total of 14 seats on the ballot in 2012. A total of 56 candidates have filed to run, made up of 20 Democratic challengers, 14 Republican challengers, 13 incumbents, and 9 third-party candidates. Including states with primaries tomorrow, a total of 353 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 57.51% of possible primaries have been contested. Georgia's contested figure of 46.43% (13 out of 28 possible party primaries) is less competitive than the national average.

Six incumbents are unopposed in the primary election tomorrow: Dan Benishek (R) of District 1, Bill Huizenga (R) of District 2, Justin Amash (R) of District 3, Dave Camp (R) of District 4, Sander Levin (D) of District 9, and Candice Miller (R) of District 10.

The remaining seven incumbents face a primary challenge in tomorrow's election. They are as follows:

Republican Party District 6: Incumbent Fred Upton faces former state representative Jack Hoogendyk.
Republican Party District 7: Incumbent Tim Walberg is challenged by Dan Davis.
Republican Party District 8: Incumbent Mike Rogers faces Vernon Molnar and Brian Hetrick.
Democratic Party District 12: Incumbent John D. Dingell, Jr. competes with challenger Daniel Marcin.
Democratic Party District 13: Incumbent John Conyers, Jr. is involved in a five-way primary battle with state senators Glenn Anderson and Bert Johnson, state representative Shanelle Jackson, and John Goci.
Democratic Party District 14: Incumbents Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters compete along with challengers Brenda Lawrence, Bob Costello, and Mary Waters.

State legislature

See also Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

There are 110 total legislative seats with elections in 2012 - Only the House will hold elections in 2012.

There are 51 (46%) contested Democratic primaries and 36 (33%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there will be 87 races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 87 major party primaries represents 40% of possible primaries. This figure is higher than the current national contested average of 19.38% for states that have had filing deadlines.


In the House, there are a total of 36 incumbents facing a primary challenge - 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans. Several of the important races are highlighted below:

Democratic Party District 2: Incumbent Tim Bledsoe is running against incumbent Alberta Tinsley Talabi and challenger Anthony Zander.
Democratic Party District 3: Incumbent John Olumba faces incumbent Jimmy Womack, as well as two challengers, Christopher Alan Owens and Veronica Brown.
Democratic Party District 6: Democratic incumbent Maureen Stapleton is challenged by current district 12 incumbent Rashida Tlaib, as well as challenger Patrick O'Connell.
Republican Party District 23: Republican incumbent Pat Somerville will face Jeremy Cady.
Democratic Party District 28: Incumbent Lesia Liss (D) is challenged by district 25 incumbent Jon M. Switalski.
Republican Party District 83: Incumbent Paul Muxlow (R) is running against Bob Eick.
Democratic Party District 92: Democratic incumbent Marcia Hovey-Wright faces challenger Willie M. Walton.

Michigan House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 47 51
     Republican Party 63 59
Total 110 110

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