Michigan's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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Michigan's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Tim Walberg Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Tim Walberg Republican Party
Tim Walberg.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean R[2]

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

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The 7th 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 Tim Walberg (R), who was first elected in 2006.

Michigan's 7th Congressional District is located in the southeastern region of the lower penninsula of Michigan and includes the city of Kalamazoo. It includes Eaton, Jackson, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Washeraw and Monroe counties.[6]


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August 5, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Campaign contributions

Pam Byrnes

Tim Walberg

District history


The 7th congressional district of Michigan held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Tim Walberg won re-election in the district.[15]

U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kurt R. Haskell 43% 136,849
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg Incumbent 53.3% 169,668
     Libertarian Ken Proctor 2.5% 8,088
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.1% 3,464
Total Votes 318,069
Source: Michigan Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
Race background

The 2012 election race in Michigan's 7th Congressional District a race strongly affected by the 2010 redistricting process.[16] Tim Walberg lost the district to centrist Mark Schauer (D) in 2008. He then beat Schauer in a rematch by 5 points in 2010. The redistricting process, controlled by Republicans, made sure to cut Schauer’s home base out of the district and made it a few points more Republican.[16] This caused Schauer to refuse another attempt, and removed an opponent that has proven strongly competitive for Walberg in the past. Instead Walberg faced off against Kurt R. Haskell. Walberg spent $1,309,735, which was a significantly higher than the $101,252 spent by Haskell.[17]


On November 2, 2010, Tim Walberg won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark H. Schauer (D), Greg Merle (L), Scott Eugene Aughney (U.S. Taxpayers), Richard Wunsch (G) and Danny Davis (Write-In) in the general election.[18]

U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan's 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Walberg 50.2% 113,185
     Democratic Mark H. Schauer Incumbent 45.4% 102,402
     Libertarian Greg Merle 1.4% 3,239
     U.S. Taxpayers Scott Eugene Aughney 1.6% 3,705
     Green Richard Wunsch 1.4% 3,117
     Independent Danny Davis 0% 21
Total Votes 225,669

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. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  8. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes Year-End," accessed February 11, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Pam Byrnes April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Tim Walberg April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  15. Politico "2012 Election Map, Michigan"
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed March, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "2012 Race: Michigan District 07" Accessed March 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010" Accessed December 23, 2011