Michigan's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014
November 4, 2014
August 5, 2014
Cook Political Report: Likely R
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R
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.
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.
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August 5, 2014, primary results
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 Democrat wins. And I don't know if I really want to do that," he said.
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.
|U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election, 2012|
|Green||Steven Paul Duke||1.3%||4,569|
|Write-in||James Van Gilder||0%||14|
|Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
- United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2014
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2014
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- Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 31, 2014
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