Michigan's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Justin Amash Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Justin Amash Republican Party
Justin Amash.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]

Michigan U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 3rd 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 Justin Amash (R), who was first elected in 2010.

Michigan's 3rd Congressional District is located in the western region of the lower peninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Grand Rapids. It includes Kent, Ionia, Barry, Montcolm and Calhoun counties.[6]

Race Background

The 2012 election race in Michigan's third district was a close race, with Justin Amash securing victory with a 8.4% margin of victory. This district has become more competitive as a result of redistricting, with FairVote dropping the Republican edge from 8% to 6%.[7] Justin Amash,who spent $1,193,611, was out spent by his opponent, who spent $2,076,680, money largely taken from extensive self-financing.[8]


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August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Campaign contributions

Justin Amash

District history


The 3rd congressional district of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Justin Amash won re-election in the district.[17]

U.S. House, Michigan District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steve Pestka 44.2% 144,108
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Amash Incumbent 52.6% 171,675
     Libertarian Bill Gelineau 3.2% 10,498
     Write-in Steven Butler 0% 2
Total Votes 326,283
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Justin Amash won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Pat Miles (D), James Rogers (L), Ted Gerrard (U.S. Taxpayers) and Charlie Shick (G) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 3rd Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Amash 59.7% 133,714
     Democratic Pat Miles 37.5% 83,953
     Libertarian James Rogers 1.2% 2,677
     U.S. Taxpayers' Ted Gerrard 1% 2,144
     Green Charlie Shick 0.7% 1,575
Total Votes 224,063

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 HOUSE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 26, 2014," accessed July 31, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed July 31, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. Michigan Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed August 31, 2012
  7. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Michigan," March 2013
  8. Open Secrets "2012 Race: Michigan District 03" Accessed March 2013
  9. Politico, "GOP rival announces Justin Amash primary," accessed October 8, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Justin Amash April Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Justin Amash July Quarterly," accessed July 26, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Justin Amash October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Justin Amash Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Justin Amash April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  17. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 11, 2011