Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
David Trott Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Kerry Bentivolio Republican Party
Kerry Bentivolio.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[2]

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th congressional district of Michigan will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

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.[3][4][5]

Heading into the election the incumbent is Kerry Bentivolio (R), who was first elected in 2012.

Michigan's 11th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower peninsula of Michigan and includes the cities of Livonia, Canton and Westland. It includes Wayne and Oakland counties.[6]

Race Background

The 2012 election race in Michigan's eleventh district was a close race, with Kerry Bentivolio securing victory with a 6.4% margin of victory. According to the analysis by FairVote the district's composition became more favorable to Republicans following the 2010 redistricting, shifting from a 2% edge for Democrats to a 6% edge for Republicans. Bentivolio faced off against Syed Taj, as a result of incumbent Thaddeus McCotter's inability to garner enough signatures for his petition for nomination. Bentivolio was supported by theNational Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns program, which is aimed at helping incoming Republicans. Bentivolio was outspent by his opponent, spending $482,219 compared to Taj's $677,582.[7]


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August 5, 2014, primary results

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Bentivolio write-in

On September 15, 2014, Bentivolio announced that he and his family would be writing-in their votes for Bentivolio. When asked if he would launch an official campaign, he was less certain, "I have to weigh really, what am I doing here? If I [run as a] write-in, if it's successful in any way, meaning we get four or five percent of the vote, then then [sic] Democrat wins. And I don't know if I really want to do that," he said.[8]

In October, Bentivolio officially filed to be a write in candidate for the general election. He stated that his intents were to help draw out more support for Republicans in the district and not to derail Trott.[9]

District history


The 11th congressional district of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Kerry Bentivolio won the election in the district.[10]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Thaddeus McCotter won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Natalie Mosher (D), and John J. Tatar (L) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 11th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThaddeus McCotter Incumbent 59.3% 141,224
     Democratic Natalie Mosher 38.5% 91,710
     Libertarian John J. Tatar 2.2% 5,353
Total Votes 238,287

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