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United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2014

United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2014

November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)

All 14 Michigan seats to the United States House of Representatives
  Majority party Minority party
 
Party Republican Democratic
Last election 9 5
Seats won 9 5
Seat change Steady 0 Steady 0
Popular vote 1,458,264 1,506,455
Percentage 47.6% 49.1%

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Michigan will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to elect the 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Michigan, one from each of the state's 18 congressional districts. The elections will coincide with the elections of other federal and state offices, including the election of Michigan's governor, as well as the Class 2 U.S. Senate Seat

Primary elections to determine major party nominees for the general election will be held Tuesday, August 5, 2014, and the partisan filing deadline was Tuesday, April 22, 2014.[1] The members of Congress elected at this election will serve in the 114th Congress.

According to the Rothenberg Political Report, all of Michigan's congressional seats except for the 1st, 7th, 8th and 11th districts are considered "safe" for the party of the incumbent.[2]

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • District 1 2
    • Republican primary 2.1
      • Candidates 2.1.1
      • Results 2.1.2
    • Democratic primary 2.2
      • Candidates 2.2.1
      • Results 2.2.2
  • District 2 3
    • Republican primary 3.1
      • Candidates 3.1.1
      • Results 3.1.2
    • Democratic primary 3.2
      • Candidates 3.2.1
      • Results 3.2.2
  • District 3 4
    • Republican primary 4.1
      • Candidates 4.1.1
      • Polling 4.1.2
      • Results 4.1.3
    • Democratic primary 4.2
      • Candidates 4.2.1
      • Results 4.2.2
  • District 4 5
    • Republican primary 5.1
      • Candidates 5.1.1
      • Polling 5.1.2
      • Results 5.1.3
    • Democratic primary 5.2
      • Candidates 5.2.1
      • Results 5.2.2
  • District 5 6
    • Democratic primary 6.1
      • Candidates 6.1.1
      • Results 6.1.2
    • Republican primary 6.2
      • Candidates 6.2.1
      • Results 6.2.2
  • District 6 7
    • Republican primary 7.1
      • Candidates 7.1.1
      • Results 7.1.2
    • Democratic primary 7.2
      • Candidates 7.2.1
      • Results 7.2.2
    • General election 7.3
      • Polling 7.3.1
  • District 7 8
    • Republican primary 8.1
      • Candidates 8.1.1
      • Results 8.1.2
    • Democratic primary 8.2
      • Candidates 8.2.1
      • Results 8.2.2
    • General election 8.3
      • Polling 8.3.1
  • District 8 9
    • Republican primary 9.1
      • Candidates 9.1.1
      • Polling 9.1.2
      • Results 9.1.3
    • Democratic primary 9.2
      • Candidates 9.2.1
      • Results 9.2.2
    • General election 9.3
      • Polling 9.3.1
  • District 9 10
    • Democratic primary 10.1
      • Candidates 10.1.1
      • Results 10.1.2
    • Republican primary 10.2
      • Candidates 10.2.1
      • Results 10.2.2
  • District 10 11
    • Republican primary 11.1
      • Candidates 11.1.1
      • Results 11.1.2
    • Democratic primary 11.2
      • Candidates 11.2.1
      • Results 11.2.2
  • District 11 12
    • Republican primary 12.1
      • Candidates 12.1.1
      • Polling 12.1.2
      • Results 12.1.3
    • Democratic primary 12.2
      • Candidates 12.2.1
      • Polling 12.2.2
      • Results 12.2.3
    • General election 12.3
      • Polling 12.3.1
  • District 12 13
    • Democratic primary 13.1
      • Candidates 13.1.1
      • Polling 13.1.2
      • Results 13.1.3
    • Republican primary 13.2
      • Candidates 13.2.1
      • Results 13.2.2
  • District 13 14
    • Democratic primary 14.1
      • Candidates 14.1.1
      • Results 14.1.2
    • Republican primary 14.2
      • Candidates 14.2.1
      • Results 14.2.2
  • District 14 15
    • Democratic primary 15.1
      • Candidates 15.1.1
      • Polling 15.1.2
      • Results 15.1.3
    • Republican primary 15.2
      • Candidates 15.2.1
      • Results 15.2.2
  • See also 16
  • References 17
  • External links 18

Overview

United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2012[3]
Party Votes Percentage Seats Before Seats After +/–
Democratic 1,506,455 49.1% 5 5 -
Republican 1,458,264 47.6% 9 9 -
Libertarian 53,679 1.8% 0 0 -
Green 22,995 0.75% 0 0 -
Independents 12,740 0.42% 0 0 -
U.S. Taxpayers 10,902 0.36% 0 0 -
Natural Law 1,673 0.05% 0 0 -
Total 3,006,708 100.00% 14 14 0

District 1

The 1st district includes the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and part of the Lower Peninsula. The district, which makes up about 44% of the land area of the state of Michigan, is the second-largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River by land area. The incumbent is Republican Dan Benishek, who has represented the district since 2011. He was re-elected with 48% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+5.

Benishek was re-elected in 2012 with 48.14% of the total votes cast, defeating Democratic former State Representative Gary McDowell by less than 2,000 votes in a field where two third-party candidates received a combined 4.3 percent of the vote.[4] As of September 30, 2013, Benishek had raised $676,545.98, and has $500,163.86 cash on-hand toward a presumed re-election bid.[5] Iron Mountain businessman and 2012 Republican National Convention delegate Alan Arcand has announced his intention to challenge Benishek in the Republican primary.[6] Former Kalkaska County Sheriff Jerry Cannon has been recruited by Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson to challenge Benishek in the general election.[7] The Rothenberg Political Report rates this race as "Toss-up/Tilt Republican."[2] Benishek defeated Arcand in the August 5 primary. Cannon was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[8]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dan Benishek 49,540 69.74%
Republican Alan Arcand 21,497 30.26%
Totals 71,037 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Failed to qualify
  • Kevin Glover[14]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jerry Cannon 31,104 100%

District 2

The 2nd district is located in West Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Bill Huizenga, who has represented the district since 2011. He was re-elected with 61% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+7.

As of September 30, 2013, Huizenga had raised $537,109.30 for the 2014 election cycle, and has $402,388.39 cash on-hand available toward a presumed re-election bid.[15]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bill Huizenga 54,416 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Dean Vanderstelt, retired business executive[17]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dean Vanderstelt 19,957 100%

District 3

The 3rd district is located in West Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Justin Amash, who has represented the district since 2011. He was re-elected with 53% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+4.

As of September 30, 2013, Amash had raised $555,863.56 for the 2014 election cycle, and has $313,844.71 cash on-hand available toward a presumed re-election bid.[18] In September 2013, Amash ended months of speculation regarding whether he would run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin, choosing instead to run for re-election to his House seat.[19] Amash faced a primary challenge from investment manager Brian Ellis.[20] Amash defeated Ellis in the Republican primary.[21]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

  • Justin Amash, incumbent U.S. Representative[19][22]
  • Brian Ellis, investment manager[20][23]
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Justin
Amash
Brian
Ellis
Undecided
Strategic National July 29, 2014 532 ± 4.2% 50.56% 31.02% 18.42%
Strategic National July 14, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 47% 24% 29%
EPIC-MRA June 10–11, 2014 814 ± 3.5% 55% 35% 10%
Practical Political Consulting May 27–29, 2014 472 ± 4.5% 42% 23% 35%
The Polling Company May 2014 ? ± ? 53% 23% 22%
Basswood Research February 6, 2014 300 ± 5.6% 60% 12% 28%

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Justin Amash 39,706 57.44%
Republican Brian Ellis 29,422 42.56%
Totals 69,128 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Failed to qualify
  • Richard A. Abbott[26]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bob Goodrich 20,378 100%

District 4

The 4th district is located in Northern and Central Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Dave Camp, who has represented the district since 1993 and previously represented the 10th district from 1991 to 1993. He was re-elected with 63% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+5.

As of September 30, 2013, Camp has raised $1,607,226.02 for the 2014 election cycle, and has $3,198,099.13 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[27] In July 2013, Camp announced he was considering running for the U.S. Senate to replace the retiring incumbent Carl Levin,[28] but then the following month announced that he will not do so.[29] In March 2014, he announced that he would not run for re-election.[30] State senator John Moolenaar was the winner of the Republican primary.[31]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Peter
Konetchy
Paul
Mitchell
John
Moolenaar
Undecided
Mitchell Research July 29–30, 2014 492 ± 4.42% 9% 37.8% 38% 15%
Strategic National July 29, 2014 540 ± 4.2% 10.63% 34.89% 34.51% 19.96%
EPIC-MRA July 12–13, 2014 802 ± 3.5% 7% 50% 27% 16%

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Moolenaar 34,399 52.40%
Republican Paul Mitchell 23,844 36.32%
Republican Peter Konetchy 7,408 11.28%
Totals 65,651 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Jeff Holmes, physician[43]
Withdrew
Declined

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff Holmes 23,496 100%

District 5

The 5th district is located in Central Michigan. The incumbent is Democrat Dan Kildee, who has represented the district since 2013. He was elected with 65% of the vote in 2012, succeeding his uncle, Democrat Dale Kildee. The district has a PVI of D+10.

As of September 30, 2013, Kildee has raised $243,246.99 for the 2014 election cycle, and has $210,492.27 cash on-hand available for his re-election bid.[47] He was unopposed in the August primary and will face Republican nominee Allen Hardwick in November.[48]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Daniel Kildee 46,065 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Allen Hardwick, computer repairman[50]
  • Tom Whitmire, health consultant[50]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allen Hardwick 13,557 51.32%
Republican Tom Whitmire 12,859 48.68%
Totals 26,426 100%

District 6

The 6th district is located in Southwest Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Fred Upton, who has represented the district since 1993 and previously represented the 4th district from 1987 to 1993. He was re-elected with 55% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+1.

As of September 30, 2013, Upton has raised $1,205,296.00 for the 2014 election cycle, and has $893,110.90 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[51] Upton was challenged for the Republican primary nomination by registered nurse Jim Bussler.[52] Paul Clements, a professor at Western Michigan University, is running for the Democratic nomination.[53] Upton won the Republican nomination/[54]

Upton's relatively disappointing performance in 2012 (winning with 55%, the smallest margin of his career, after outspending his opponent $4 million to $294,000), Clements' strong fundraising and outside spending on behalf of Clements has prompted speculation that Upton could suffer an upset loss. Even a close win for Upton could persuade him to retire, as happened to Republican Charles E. Chamberlain, who only narrowly defeated Democrat Milton Robert Carr in 1972, retiring in 1974 to be succeeded by Carr.[55]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Jim Bussler, registered nurse[52][56]
  • Fred Upton, incumbent U.S. Representative[57]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Fred Upton 37,731 71.17%
Republican Jim Bussler 15,283 28.83%
Totals 53,014 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Paul Clements, political science professor[53][58]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paul Clements 19,894 100%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Fred
Upton (R)
Paul
Clements (D)
Undecided
Hamilton Campaigns* October 24–26, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 47% 43% 10%
Hamilton Campaigns* October 2–5, 2014 ? ± ? 50% 35% 15%
Hamilton Campaigns* August 25–28, 2014 ? ± ? 57% 37% 6%
  • Internal poll for the Paul Clements campaign

District 7

The 7th district is located in Southern Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Tim Walberg, who has represented the district since 2011 and previously represented the district from 2007 to 2009. He was re-elected with 53% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+3.

As of September 30, 2013, Walberg had raised $482,372.42, and has $570,160.47 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[59] He is challenged in the August Republican primary by Douglas Radcliffe North.[60] Attorney and former State Representative Pam Byrnes has been recruited by Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson to challenge Walberg.[7][61][62] The Rothenberg Political Report rates this race as "Republican Favored."[2] Walberg won the Republican nomination.[63]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Douglas Radcliffe North[60]
  • Tim Walberg, incumbent U.S. Representative[64]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tim Walberg 38,046 79.30%
Republican Douglas North 9,934 20.70%
Totals 47,980 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Pam Byrnes, former State Representative[7][61][62][65]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pam Byrnes 25,048 100%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Tim
Walberg (R)
Pam
Byrnes (D)
Undecided
DCCC October 5, 2013 448 ± 4.6% 43% 42% 15%

District 8

The 8th district is located in Southern and Southeast Michigan. The incumbent is Republican Mike Rogers, who has represented the district since 2001. He was re-elected with 59% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+2.

As of September 30, 2013, Rogers had raised $869,321.02, and has $1,819,857.21 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[66] Rogers had considering running for the U.S. Senate,[67] but ultimately declined.[68]

Mike Rogers has decided not to seek re-election.[69] Rogers' retirement makes the formerly "Safe Republican" district more competitive. The Rothenberg Political Report now rates this race "Republican Favored"[70] and The Washington Post predicts a "scramble" in the race to win the seat.[71] Mike Bishop won the Republican nomination and Eric Schertzing won the Democratic nomination to fill Camp's seat.[72]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Bishop
Tom
McMillin
Other Undecided
EPIC-MRA July 19–20, 2014 800 ± 35% 45% 33% 22%

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Bishop 35,422 60.26%
Republican Tom McMillin 23,358 39.74%
Totals 58,780 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Eric Schertzing 13,535 42.81%
Democratic Susan Grettenberger 11,921 37.71%
Democratic Ken Darga 3,103 9.82%
Democratic Jeffrey Hank 3,054 9.66%
Totals 31,613 100%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Mike
Bishop (R)
Eric
Schertzing (D)
Jim
Casha (G)
James
Weeks (L)
Undecided
GBA Strategies* August 18–21, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 42% 37% 3% 10% 8%
  • * Internal poll for Eric Schertzing campaign

District 9

The 9th district is located in Southeast Michigan. The incumbent is Democrat Sander Levin, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 12th district from 1993 to 2013 and the 17th district from 1983 to 1993. He was re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+6.

As of September 30, 2013, Levin had raised $620,167.36, and has $347,066.37 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[88]

Republican candidate George Brikho has recently caused controversy by suggesting Adolf Hitler was a better leader than Hillary Clinton.[89]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sander Levin 40,877 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • George Brikho[91]
Withdrew
  • Greg Dildilian (running for the State House)[92]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican George Brikho 30,678 100%

District 10

The 10th district is located an area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan known as The Thumb. The incumbent is Republican Candice Miller, who has represented the district since 2003. She was re-elected with 69% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of R+6.

As of September 30, 2013, Miller had raised $395,759.26, and has $995,281.27 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[93] Miller declined an opportunity to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Carl Levin, declaring her intention to seek re-election instead.[94]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
Failed to qualify
  • Don Volaric[96]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Candice Miller 55,272 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Chuck Stadler, accountant[97]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Chuck Stadler 25,820 100%

District 11

The 11th district is located northwest of Detroit. The incumbent is Republican Kerry Bentivolio, who has represented the district since 2013. He was elected in 2012, winning the general election with 51% of the vote but losing the special election to fill the final few weeks of Republican Thaddeus McCotter's term. The district has a PVI of R+4.

As of September 30, 2013, he had raised $165,479.93, and has $38,677.61 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[98] Foreclosure attorney David Trott, a major campaign donor for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and a close friend to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is challenging Bentivolio in the Republican primary.[99] As of September 30, 2013, Trott had raised $647,719.32, and has $452,421.31 cash on-hand available for his primary challenge.[100] First quarter, 2014 Federal Election Commission filings show Trott self-funded his campaign with over $800,000 while acquiring approximately $850,000 from donors.[101] FEC filings by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio indicate he has raised approximately $440,000 from donors.[101]

Bobby McKenzie, who worked for the United States Department of State as a counter-terrorism specialist, will run for the Democratic Party nomination.[102][103] Democrat Jocelyn Benson, the Dean of Wayne State University Law School, was considering running for the seat[104] but declined to do so in the wake of the murder of a student at Wayne State University.[105] Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson said the party will field a top caliber opponent against the Republican nominee.[7] In the Republican primary, Trott defeated first term incumbent Bentivolio. On the Democratic side, Bobby McKenzie won the Democratic nomination.[106][107][108]

After his defeat, Bentivolio announced that he was running a write-in campaign. He alleged that after Trott won the primary, the Trott campaign "kept up the attacks, but they expanded it beyond me. After they won the race, they continued to beat up me, my family members, as well as my staff... I put them on notice: If they didn't stop I'm probably going to end up doing a write-in campaign. And they didn't stop." The Trott campaign has denied this, saying that "nothing like that occurred." Bentivolio does not think he will win, or even "get enough votes to keep [Trott] from getting elected... all I'm concerned about is getting people who want a voice through a protest vote to do a protest vote."[109]

The Rothenberg Political Report has rated this race "Republican Favored."[2]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Kerry
Bentivolio
David
Trott
Undecided
EPIC-MRA July 12–13, 2014 802 ± 3.5% 31% 53% 16%
National Research Inc.^ June 23–24, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 21% 39% 40%
MIRS May 2014 ? ± ? 33% 21% 46%
Murray Communications September 10, 2013 717 ± 3.66% 59.55% 40.45%
  • ^ Internal poll for David Trott campaign

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dave Trott 42,008 66.40%
Republican Kerry Bentivolio 21,254 33.60%
Totals 63,262 100%

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Anil
Kumar
Bobby
McKenzie
Bill
Roberts
Nancy
Skinner
Undecided
Target-Insyght June 17–19, 2014 400 ± 5% 21% 7% 5% 14% 54%

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Bobby McKenzie 13,441 34.29%
Democratic Anil Kumar 12,479 31.84%
Democratic Nancy Skinner 10,371 26.46%
Democratic Bill Roberts 2,906 7.41%
Totals 39,197 100%

General election

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
David
Trott (R)
Bobby
McKenzie (D)
James
Tatar (L)
Kerry
Bentivolio (WI)
Undecided
Mitchell Research October 15, 2014 472 ± 4.51% 47% 35% 2% 7% 10%
Tulchin Research* August 20–24, 2013 500 ± 4.38% 44% 40% 16%
  • * Internal poll for the Bobby McKenzie campaign

District 12

The 12th district is located between Detroit's western suburbs and Ann Arbor. The incumbent is Democrat John Dingell, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 15th district from 2003 to 2013, the 16th district from 1965 to 2003 and the 15th district from 1955 to 1965. He was re-elected with 68% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+15.

As of September 30, 2013, he had raised $299,148.00 and had $337,402.23 cash on-hand.[115] But after 29 terms, Dingell has decided to retire. Dingell is the longest serving congressman in United States history. This opens up a wide open race for the Democratic primary in this safe Democratic district.[116] One candidate is the congressman's wife, Wayne State University board member Deborah Dingell.[117] If she is elected, she will become the first person in U.S. history to succeed a living spouse in Congress.[118] She defeated Raymond Mullins for the Democratic nomination.[119]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Deborah
Dingell
Doug
Geiss
Hoon-Young
Hopgood
Jeff
Irwin
Rebekah
Warren
Undecided
Revsix/Mainstreet Strategies February 26–27, 2013 813 ± 3.4% 51.13% 2.33% 4.38% 3.48% 15.68% 23%
55.93% 21.59% 22.48%

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deborah Dingell 45,162 77.66%
Democratic Raymond Mullins 12,994 22.34%
Totals 58,156 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Terry Bowman[81]
Withdrew
  • Stephen Farkas[81][123]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terry Bowman 18,793 100%

District 13

The 13th district is located in Wayne County and includes much of the city of Detroit. The incumbent is Democrat John Conyers, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 14th district from 1993 to 2013 and the 1st district from 1965 to 1993. He was re-elected with 83% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+34.

As of September 30, 2013, Conyers had raised $266,996.51, and has $132,515.29 cash on-hand available for a presumed re-election bid.[124]

The Wayne County Clerk determined that Conyers did not supply enough valid signatures to make the primary ballot. Conyers could appeal or run as a write-in candidate.[125][126] While the Michigan Secretary of State confirmed the ruling, a federal judge ordered Conyers' name back on the ballot.[127] Conyers defeated Horace Sheffield III for the Democratic nomination.[128]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
  • John Conyers, incumbent U.S. Representative[129]
  • Horace Sheffield III, pastor of the New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church[130]

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Conyers 42,005 73.88%
Democratic Horace Sheffield III 14,850 26.12%
Totals 56,855 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Jeff Gorman[60]Retired Naval Officer(O-6 Captain)/Naval Aviator. Retired Commercial Airline Pilot (AFL-CIO member).

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Gorman 6,696 100%

District 14

The 14th district stretches from eastern Detroit westward to Farmington Hills, then north to the suburbs of Auburn Hills. The incumbent is Democrat Gary Peters, who has represented the district since 2013 and previously represented the 9th district from 2009 to 2013. He was re-elected with 82% of the vote in 2012 and the district has a PVI of D+29.

Peters is not running for re-election, he is instead running for the United States Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Carl Levin in 2014.[131]

Brenda Lawrence won the Democratic primary on August 5, 2014.[132][133]

Christina Conyers was the only filed Republican candidate for the GOP primary.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared
Withdrew
Declined

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Hansen
Clarke
Burgess
Foster
Rudy
Hobbs
Brenda
Lawrence
Undecided
Mitchell Research July 28–29, 2014 ? ± ? 25% 2% 38% 22% 13%
EPIC-MRA July 12–13, 2014 802 ± 3.5% 39% 4% 20% 28% 9%
Lake Research Partners* June 3–5, 2014 400 ± 4.9% 27% 0% 6% 35% 32%
Target Insyght May 20–22, 2014 400 ± 5% 32% 5% 8% 22% 33%
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Godfrey
Dillard
Vince
Gregrory
Rudy
Hobbs
Bert
Johnson
Brenda
Lawrence
LaMar
Lemmons
Jessica
McCall
Undecided
Lake Research Partners* November 14–18, 2013 406 ± 4.9% 0% 1% 6% 5% 37% 3% 0% 46%
  • * Internal poll for Brenda Lawrence campaign

Results

Democratic primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brenda Lawrence 26,387 35.62%
Democratic Rudy Hobbs 23,996 32.39%
Democratic Hansen Clarke 22,866 30.87%
Democratic Burgess Foster 831 1.12%
Totals 74,080 100%

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared
  • Christina Barr (chosen as nominee after original nominee withdrew)
  • Christina Conyers (withdrew after primary win)[145]

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christina Conyers 12,611 100%

See also

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External links

  • U.S. House elections in Michigan, 2014 at Ballotpedia
  • Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
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