Michigan's 11th Congressional District special election, 2012

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The 11th Congressional District of Michigan held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. The election was to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R). The primary took place on September 5, 2012, while the general election coincided with the general election on November 6, 2012. Candidates who wish to run had until July 20 to collect the 1,000 required petition signatures to get onto the ballot.[1]

David Curson (D) won the special election over Kerry Bentivolio (R). However, on the same night, voters chose Bentivolio to represent the district for the full two-year term of the next session of Congress. Curson will serve in the lame-duck session at the end of 2012.[2][3]


General election candidates

Democratic Party David Curson Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio

September 5, 2012 primary results
Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Elections results

U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Syed Taj 44.4% 158,879
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 50.8% 181,788
     Libertarian John Tatar 2.7% 9,637
     Green Steven Paul Duke 1.3% 4,569
     NLP Daniel Johnson 0.9% 3,251
     Write-in James Van Gilder 0% 14
     Write-in Ralph Sherman 0% 1
Total Votes 358,139
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Michigan District 11 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKerry Bentivolio 41.7% 10,280
Nancy Cassis 35.7% 8,804
Steve King 10.8% 2,654
Kenneth Crider 7% 1,715
Carolyn Kavanagh 4.9% 1,208
Total Votes 24,661

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Five Republicans and one Democrat have filed signatures to run in the special primary election. Unless four of the GOP candidates drop out of the race, a costly primary election will have to be held on September 5, costing counties and communities $650,000. The special election is forced to be separate from the August 7 primary due to the timing of when McCotter resigned from the seat. His abrupt resignation on July 6, 2012, came too late for the special election primary to be held in conjunction with the regular primary election.[4]

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