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Michigan Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Michigan Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
August 5, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winners:
Rick Snyder Republican Party
Brian Calley Republican Party
Incumbents prior to election:
Rick Snyder Republican Party
Brian Calley Republican Party
Rick Snyder
Brian Calley
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The Michigan gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rick Snyder (R) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

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.[1][2][3]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Republican Party Rick Snyder/Brian Calley - IncumbentsGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown[4][5]
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma/Scott Boman
Independent U.S. Taxpayers Party candidates Mark McFarlin/Richard Mendoza
Green Party Paul Homeniuk/Candace R. Caveny

Did not qualify

Independent Robin Sanders[6]

Declined potentials

Democratic Party Virg Bernero - 2010 Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan[5][7]
Democratic Party Gary Peters - U.S. Representative, Michigan, District 14[5]

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First term Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is up for re-election in 2014.

In December 2012, in the wake of his passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked heavy rioting, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed the governor's chances of winning another term having severely diminished compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His net approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014.[8][9] Snyder has not announced whether he will seek re-election.

At a Republican leadership conference back in September 2011, Snyder told an interviewer that if he felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people." He went on to say he's "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," indicating that a bid for different office was not on the 2014 agenda should he decline to run for re-election as governor.[10]

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