Vote button trans.png
April's Project of the Month
It's spring time. It's primary election season!
Click here to find all the information you'll need to cast your ballot.




United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 14:36, 3 December 2012 by JohannaH (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

2014



CongressLogo.png

2012 U.S. House Elections in Michigan

Primary Date
August 7, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

Michigan District Pages
District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14

Other House Elections
Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio • Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • West Virginia • Wisconsin • Wyoming

2012 U.S. Senate Elections

Flag of Michigan.png
The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Michigan took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 14 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 15, 2012
August 7, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Michigan has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 9. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 9.[1]

See also: Michigan elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, four of the 14 districts are considered to be in play. Those are the 1st, 3rd, 7th and 11th districts.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that both Democrats and Republicans would win five districts. It did not make a projection for the remaining four seats.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

Michigan had the 33rd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 46.43% of major party primaries having been contested (13 out of 28). The national average is 54.31%.

Thirteen U.S. House incumbents are seeking re-election in Michigan in 2012. 7 of those 13 (53.85%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held nine of the 15 Congressional seats from Michigan. However, the state lost one seat after the 2010 census and elected 14 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from Michigan -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 6 5
     Republican Party 9 9
Total 15 14

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 15 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Bill Huizenga Ends.png Republican 2
Candice Miller Ends.png Republican 10
Dale E. Kildee Electiondot.png Democratic 5
Dan Benishek Ends.png Republican 1
Dave Camp Ends.png Republican 4
Fred Upton Ends.png Republican 6
Gary Peters Electiondot.png Democratic 9
Hansen Clarke Electiondot.png Democratic 13
John Conyers, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 14
John D. Dingell, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 15
Justin Amash Ends.png Republican 3
Mike Rogers Ends.png Republican 8
Sandy Levin Electiondot.png Democratic 12
Thaddeus McCotter Ends.png Republican 11
Tim Walberg Ends.png Republican 7

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 14 seats up for election in 2012 in Michigan. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.
DistrictWinnerMargin of VictoryTotal VoteTop Opponent
U.S. House, Michigan District 10 General Election Republican Party Candice Miller39.1%328,612Chuck Stadler
U.S. House, Michigan District 11 General Election Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio6.4%358,139Syed Taj
U.S. House, Michigan District 12 General Election Democratic Party John D. Dingell39%319,223Cynthia Kallgren
U.S. House, Michigan District 13 General Election Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.69.1%284,270Harry T. Sawicki
U.S. House, Michigan District 14 General Election Democratic Party Gary Peters66.6%328,792John Hauler
U.S. House, Michigan District 1 General Election Republican Party Dan Benishek0.5%347,037Gary McDowell
U.S. House, Michigan District 2 General Election Republican Party Bill Huizenga26.9%318,267Willie German, Jr.
U.S. House, Michigan District 3 General Election Republican Party Justin Amash8.4%326,283Steve Pestka
U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election Republican Party Dave Camp29.5%312,949Debra Freidell Wirth
U.S. House, Michigan District 5 General Election Democratic Party Dan Kildee33.5%330,146Jim Slezak
U.S. House, Michigan District 6 General Election Republican Party Fred Upton12%320,475Mike O'Brien
U.S. House, Michigan District 7 General Election Republican Party Tim Walberg10.3%318,069Kurt R. Haskell
U.S. House, Michigan District 8 General Election Republican Party Mike Rogers21.3%345,054Lance Enderle
U.S. House, Michigan District 9 General Election Democratic Party Sander Levin27.9%337,316Don Volaric

General election candidates

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Gary McDowell
Republican Party Dan Benishek
Libertarian Party Emily Salvette
Green Party Ellis Boal (write-in)
Dan Benishek Republican Party Dan Benishek No
2nd Democratic Party Willie German, Jr. (write-in)
Republican Party Bill Huizenga
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma
Green Party William Opalicky
Independent Ronald Graeser (UST)
Bill Huizenga Republican Party Bill Huizenga No
3rd Democratic Party Steve Pestka
Republican Party Justin Amash
Libertarian Party Bill Gelineau
Justin Amash Republican Party Justin Amash No
4th Democratic Party Debra Freidell Wirth
Republican Party Dave Camp
Libertarian Party John Gelineau
Green Party Pat Timmons
Independent George Zimmer (UST)
Dave Camp Republican Party Dave Camp No
5th Democratic Party Dan Kildee
Republican Party Jim Slezak
Libertarian Party Gregory Creswell
Independent David Davenport
Dale E. Kildee Democratic Party Dan Kildee No
6th Democratic Party Mike O'Brien
Republican Party Fred Upton
Libertarian Party Christie Gelineau
Independent Jason Gatties
Fred Upton Republican Party Fred Upton No
7th Democratic Party Kurt R. Haskell
Republican PartyTim Walberg
Libertarian Party Ken Proctor
Green Party Richard Wunsch
Tim Walberg Republican Party Tim Walberg No
8th Democratic Party Lance Enderle
Republican Party Mike Rogers
Libertarian Party Daniel Goebel
Independent Preston Brooks
Mike Rogers (Michigan) Republican Party Mike Rogers No
9th Democratic Party Sander Levin
Republican Party Don Volaric
Libertarian Party Jim Fulner
Green Party Julia Williams
Independent Les Townsend (UST)
Gary Peters Democratic Party Sander Levin No
10th Democratic Party Chuck Stadler
Republican Party Candice Miller
Libertarian Party Bhagwan Dashairya
Candice Miller Republican Party Candice Miller No
11th Democratic Party Syed Taj
Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio
Libertarian Party John Tatar
Green Party Steven Paul Duke
Independent Daniel Johnson (NLP)
Thaddeus McCotter Republican Party Kerry Bentivolio No
12th Democratic Party John D. Dingell
Republican Party Cynthia Kallgren
Libertarian Party Richard Secula
Sandy Levin Democratic Party John D. Dingell No
13th Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.
Republican Party Harry T. Sawicki
Libertarian Party Chris Sharer
Independent Martin Gray (UST)
Hansen Clarke Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr. No
14th Democratic Party Gary Peters
Republican Party John Hauler
Libertarian Party Leonard Schwartz
Green Party Douglas Campbell
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic Party Gary Peters No
15th District Removed in Redistricting John D. Dingell, Jr. N/A N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals will be added when official election results are certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gary McDowell
Republican Party Dan BenishekGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Emily Salvette
Green Party Ellis Boal


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: Derek Bailey withdrew from the primary on April 23, 2012[5]

Republican Party Republican Primary

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Republican Party Bill HuizengaGreen check mark transparent.png
Democratic Party Willie German, Jr. (Write-in)
Libertarian Party Mary Buzuma
Green Party William Opalicky
Independent Ronald Graeser (UST)


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

No candidates declared an intent to run.

Republican Party Republican Primary

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Steve Pestka
Republican Party Justin AmashGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Bill Gelineau


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Debra Freidell Wirth
Republican Party Dave CampGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Gelineau
Green Party Pat Timmons
Independent George Zimmer (UST)


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Green Party Green Party candidate

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Dan KildeeGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Jim Slezak
Libertarian Party Gregory Creswell
Independent David Davenport


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Mike O'Brien
Republican Party Fred UptonGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Christie Gelineau
Independent Jason Gatties


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Note: John Waltz withdrew from the primary in February 2012[13]

Republican Party Republican Primary

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Kurt R. Haskell
Republican Party Tim WalbergGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Ken Proctor
Green Party Richard Wunsch


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Mike Stahly initially appear on the official candidate list, but was later disqualified.[16]

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Lance Enderle
Republican Party Mike RogersGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Daniel Goebel
Independent Preston Brooks


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Democrat Michael Magdich initially appeared on the official candidate list, but was later disqualified.[16]

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Sander LevinGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Volaric
Libertarian Party Jim Fulner
Green Party Julia Williams
Independent Les Townsend (UST)


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

Note: Democrat Allen James O'Neil initially expressed interest in running, but failed to appear on the official candidate list.

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Chuck Stadler
Republican Party Candice MillerGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Bhagwan Dashairya


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Syed Taj
Republican Party Kerry BentivolioGreen check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Tatar
Green Party Steven Paul Duke
Independent Daniel Johnson (NLP)


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Incumbent Thaddeus McCotter initially filed to run but did not receive sufficient signatures to qualify and later withdrew from the election completely.

12th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John D. DingellGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Cynthia Kallgren
Libertarian Party Richard Secula


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

13th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John Conyers, Jr.Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Harry T. Sawicki
Libertarian Party Chris Sharer
Independent Martin Gray (UST)


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Note: Godfrey Dillard and Shanelle Jackson did not collect enough signatures to secure a spot on the ballot[35]

14th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Gary PetersGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Hauler
Libertarian Party Leonard Schwartz
Green Party Douglas Campbell


August 7, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

See also

External links

References

  1. Michigan Secretary of State "2012 Registration Deadlines and Election Dates," Accessed June 29, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in Michigan," September 2012
  4. "UP's Benishek welcomes McDowell to Congressional race" September 14, 2011
  5. Elect Derek Bailey "Author Archives" May 15, 2012
  6. Miami Herald "Gay activist Trevor Thomas runs for Congress in Michigan; 'Time to return to values of Jerry Ford'" March 31, 2012
  7. Michigan Secretary of State "Candidate Filing List" May 17, 2012
  8. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  9. "Dan Kildee announcing run for 5th District seat in U.S. Congress to be vacated by uncle, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee" November 1, 2011
  10. "Former Republican challenger John Kupiec not disappointed U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee won't seek another term" September 21, 2011
  11. "Former Republican challenger John Kupiec not disappointed U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee won't seek another term" July 15, 2011
  12. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  13. Waltz 2012 "Announcement" May 21, 2012
  14. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  15. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  17. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  18. "Latest Link: Rogers Rival Running in 2012" July 13, 2011
  19. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  20. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  21. "Race Ratings: GOP Shores Up Freshmen in Competitive Michigan" September 21, 2011
  22. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  23. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  24. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  25. "Detroit-area doctor to seek 11th US House seat" November 2, 2011
  26. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  27. "War veteran decides to run for U.S. Congress" October 27, 2011
  28. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  29. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  30. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 "Anderson expected to enter 13th Congressional District race" October 28, 2011
  32. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  33. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  34. [http://www.freep.com/article/20120608/NEWS15/120608029/Shanelle-Jackson-13th-Congressional-District-signatures Detroit Free Press "A second signature count puts Shanelle Jackson back on ballot," June 8, 2012
  35. Detroit News "John Conyers challenger deemed ineligible for primary ballot" May 29, 2012
  36. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  37. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  38. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012
  39. Secretary of State "2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate List" May 31, 2012