United States Senate elections in Michigan, 2014

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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Michigan

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Gary Peters Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Carl Levin Democratic Party
Carl Levin.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Toss Up[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely D[2]

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2014 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Michigan will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election 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]

The election will fill the open Senate seat currently held by Carl Levin (D). Levin was first elected in 1978. On March 7, 2013, Levin announced that he would retire rather than seek re-election in 2014.[6]


Note: Prior to the signature filing deadline, candidates will be added when Ballotpedia writers come across declared candidates. 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.

Declared candidates

Declined to run

Race background

A new super PAC, Pure PAC, has been formed to support Republican candidates and has been running attack ads against Gary Peters. The ads attack Peters for his "runaway spending" and for supporting Obamacare. The PAC spent $15,000 on the ads, which will run for three weeks.[8]

Race ratings

Washington Post top 10 races

According to an analysis by The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate election in Michigan was considered one of the top 10 Senate races of 2014. Terri Lynn Land had a strong fundraising run in the third quarter of 2013.[9]


Gary Peters vs. Terri Lynn Land
Poll Gary Peters Terri Lynn LandUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Mitchell Research (August 26, 2013)
EPIC-MRA (September 7–10, 2013)
Mitchell Research (October 6–10, 2013)
Public Policy Polling (October 14–15, 2013)
Inside Michigan Politics (October 29, 2013)
Denno Research (November 12-14)
Public Policy Polling (December 5-8, 2013)
AVERAGES 39.43% 38.29% 22.29% +/-3.59 878.71
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign contributions

Gary Peters

Terri Lynn Land

Land contributed $1 million to her campaign in the third quarter, nearly half of her total contributions for the quarter.[21]

Election history


On November 6, 2012, Debbie Stabenow won re-election to the United States Senate. She defeated Pete Hoekstra (R), Scotty Boman (L), Harley Mikkelson (G), Richard Matkin (UST) and John Litle (NLP) in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Michigan General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Stabenow Incumbent 58.8% 2,735,826
     Republican Pete Hoekstra 38% 1,767,386
     Libertarian Scotty Boman 1.8% 84,480
     Green Harley Mikkelson 0.6% 27,890
     UST Richard Matkin 0.6% 26,038
     NLP John Litle 0.2% 11,229
Total Votes 4,652,849
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Carl Levin won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. (R), Scotty Boman (L), Harley G. Mikkelson (G), Michael N. Nikitin (U.S. Taxpayers Party) and Doug Dern (Natural Law) in the general election.[22]

U.S. Senate General Election, Michigan, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Levin Incumbent 62.7% 3,038,386
     Republican Jack Hoogendyk, Jr. 33.8% 1,641,070
     Libertarian Scotty Boman 1.6% 76,347
     Green Harley G. Mikkelson 0.9% 43,440
     U.S. Taxpayers Party Michael N. Nikitin 0.6% 30,827
     Natural Law Doug Dern 0.4% 18,550
Total Votes 4,848,620

See also

External links


  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 SENATE RACE RATINGS FOR JULY 18, 2014," accessed July 24, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed July 24, 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. Carl Levin, U.S. Senator from Michigan, "Newsroom: Sen. Carl Levin announces he will not seek re-election in 2014," March 7, 2013
  7. Washington Post "Dave Camp might run for Senate in Michigan" Accessed July, 2013
  8. Detroit Free Press, "Super PAC commercial targets U.S. Rep. Peters, parodies Pure Michigan ads," September 18, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Gary Peters April Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Gary Peters July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Gary Peters October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Gary Peters Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Gary Peters April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 20, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land Year-End." accessed April 29, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Terri Lynn Land April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 15, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "Two Senate Candidates Put Up $1 Million or More for 2014," October 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"