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United States Senate election in Michigan, 2014

 

United States Senate election in Michigan, 2014

United States Senate election in Michigan, 2014

November 4, 2014

 
Nominee Gary Peters Terri Lynn Land
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,702,640 1,288,126
Percentage 54.6% 41.3%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Carl Levin
Democratic

Elected U.S. Senator

Gary Peters
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in Michigan was held on November 4, 2014, to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Michigan, concurrently with the election of the Governor of Michigan, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Carl Levin decided to retire instead of running for re-election to a seventh term. Primary contests took place on August 5, 2014, with U.S. Representative Gary Peters and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land unopposed on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots, respectively.[1] Peters defeated Land in the general election.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Failed to qualify

  • Terry Whitney, technology executive[1][3][4]

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Results

Democratic primary results[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Gary Peters 504,102 100%
Totals 504,102 100%

Republican primary

After Terri Lynn Land declared her candidacy in June 2013, Republicans attempted to recruit U.S. Representative Dave Camp and Oakland County District Court Judge Kimberly Small to run instead.[30] Camp, after earlier having said that he was not interested in running, reconsidered it, and Land indicated that she would consider dropping out if Camp decided to run.[31] Republicans were initially reluctant to rally around Land,[32][33] but after Camp and Small declined to run, other Republicans like U.S. Representative Justin Amash and Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra also said no, and a late attempt to convince cardiologist Rob Steele to run failed, Land emerged as the de facto nominee.[33]

Candidates

Declared

Withdrew

  • Matthew Wiedenhoeft, businessman and former minor league hockey player and coach (running for the State House)[3][35]

Declined

Endorsements

Polling

Results

Republican primary results[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Terri Lynn Land 588,084 100%
Totals 588,084 100%

Minor parties

Declared

Libertarian Party

U.S. Taxpayers Party

  • Richard A. Matkin[66]

Green Party

Independents

Candidates

Declared

  • Jeff Jones, retired financial services industry worker and pastor[68]
  • Paul Marineau, attorney and former Mayor pro tem of Douglas[69]

General election

Campaign

Early on, the open seat was considered to be competitive. But various missteps by the Land campaign[70] as well as Land's reluctance to appear in public after suffering a meltdown in front of the media in May[71][72] weighed down the Land campaign, allowing Peters to open up a consistent lead in the polls beginning in September. The Republican establishment effectively gave up on Land's campaign the following month.[73][74]

Debates

Peters has agreed to four debates; Land has not responded to any invitations.[75] Negotiations between the Land and Peters campaigns broke down over the format of proposed debates between the two candidates.[76]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Gary
Peters (D)
Terri Lynn
Land (R)
Other Undecided
Mitchell Research November 2, 2014 1,224 ± 2.8% 52% 40% 4%[77] 4%
Public Policy Polling November 1–2, 2014 914 ± 3.2% 51% 38% 4%[78] 6%
54% 41% 5%
EPIC-MRA October 26–28, 2014 600 ± 4% 50% 35% 5% 10%
Mitchell Research October 27, 2014 1,159 ± 2.88% 52% 38% 5%[79] 5%
Glengariff Group October 22–24, 2014 600 ± 4% 47.7% 32.6% 5.9% 13.8%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov October 16–23, 2014 2,394 ± 3% 49% 41% 1% 10%
Rasmussen Reports October 20–22, 2014 1,000 ± 3% 51% 42% 3% 4%
Public Policy Polling October 20–21, 2014 723 ± ? 53% 39% 8%
Clarity Campaign Labs October 19–20, 2014 1,032 ± ? 48% 33% 19%
Mitchell Research October 19, 2014 919 ± 3.23% 51.1% 37.5% 4.4%[80] 7%
EPIC-MRA October 17–19, 2014 600 ± 4% 45% 34% 4% 16%
Clarity Campaign Labs October 12–14, 2014 967 ± 3.16% 49% 36% 18%
Lake Research Partners October 11–13, 2014 ? ± ? 49% 37% 14%
Mitchell Research October 12, 2014 1,340 ± 2.68% 50% 39% 3.5%[81] 8%
Mitchell Research October 9, 2014 1,306 ± 2.71% 48% 43% 3.5%[82] 6%
Wenzel Strategies October 6–7, 2014 615 ± 3.93% 46.9% 44.3% 8.8%
Glengariff Group October 2–4, 2014 600 ± 4% 44% 35% 6% 15%
Public Policy Polling October 2–3, 2014 654 ± 3.8% 49% 42% 9%
Marketing Resource Group September 30–October 2, 2014 600 ± 4% 47.4% 36.4% 16.2%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov September 20–October 1, 2014 2,560 ± 2% 46% 41% 2% 11%
Lake Research Partners September 27–30 2014 600 ± 4% 45% 36% 18%
Mitchell Research September 29 2014 1,178 ± 2.86% 49% 36% 5%[83] 9%
EPIC-MRA September 25–29, 2014 600 ± 4% 42% 33% 11% 14%
Target Insyght September 22–24, 2014 616 ± 4% 48% 38% 6% 7%
Public Policy Polling September 18–19, 2014 852 ± 3.4% 47% 40% 13%
We Ask America September 18–19, 2014 1,182 ± 3% 42% 39% 5%[84] 14%
Rasmussen Reports September 17–18, 2014 750 ± 4% 41% 39% 5% 15%
Magellan Strategies September 14–15, 2014 717 ± 3.66% 45% 40% 5%[85] 5%
Mitchell Research September 14, 2014 829 ± 3.4% 43% 41% 8%[86] 9%
Denno Research September 11–13, 2014 600 ± 4% 44.7% 37.7% 17.7%
Suffolk September 6–10, 2014 500 ± 4.4% 45.6% 36.8% 6.4%[87] 11.2%
Public Policy Polling September 4–7, 2014 687 ± 3.7% 43% 36% 7%[88] 13%
45% 40% 15%
Glengariff Group September 3–5, 2014 600 ± 4% 47% 36.5% 3.5% 13%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov August 18–September 2, 2014 2,897 ± 3% 42% 43% 2% 13%
Mitchell Research August 27, 2014 1,004 ± 3.09% 46% 44% 10%
EPIC-MRA August 22–25, 2014 600 ± 4% 45% 39% 16%
Lake Research Partners August 6–11 2014 800 ± 3.5% 42% 38% 19%
Mitchell Research August 5, 2014 626 ± 5% 45% 44% 11%
Harper Polling August 4–5, 2014 549 ± 4.18% 45% 44% 11%
Marketing Resource Group July 26–30, 2014 600 ± 4% 46.7% 40% 13.3%
Rasmussen Reports July 28–29, 2014 750 ± 4% 45% 39% 6% 10%
Benenson Strategy Group July 26–29, 2014 900 ± 3.2% 47% 42% 11%
CBS News/NYT/YouGov July 5–24, 2014 3,849 ± 2.8% 44% 45% 1% 10%
Mitchell Research July 7–17, 2014 600 ± 4% 43% 38% 19%
EPIC-MRA July 12–15, 2014 600 ± 4% 45% 36% 19%
Denno Research July 9–11, 2014 600 ± 4% 39.5% 37.3% 23.2%
NBC News/Marist July 7–10, 2014 870 ± 3.3% 43% 37% 2% 19%
Public Policy Polling June 26–29, 2014 578 ± 4.1% 41% 36% 24%
Magellan Strategies June 5 & 8, 2014 753 ± 3.57% 50% 41% 5% 4%
Mitchell Research June 6, 2014 961 ± 3.16% 44.6% 41.5% 13.8%
Glengariff Group May 20–22, 2014 600 ± 4.3% 39.6% 35.3% 25%
EPIC-MRA May 17–20, 2014 600 ± 4% 44% 38% 18%
Hickman Analytics April 24–30, 2014 502 ± 4.4% 42% 37% 21%
Magellan Strategies April 14–15, 2014 875 ± 3.31% 46% 41% 8% 5%
Harper Polling April 7–8, 2014 538 ± 4.22% 40% 43% 18%
Mitchell Research April 9, 2014 1,460 ± 2.56% 38% 44% 18%
Public Policy Polling April 3–6, 2014 825 ± 3.4% 41% 36% 23%
Marketing Resource Group March 24–28, 2014 600 ± 4.1% 38% 40% 22%
Denno Research March 9–10, 2014 600 ± 4% 39.7% 36.7% 2% 21.7%
Clarity Campaigns February 22–23, 2014 859 ± 2.55% 46% 40% 14%
EPIC-MRA February 5–11, 2014 600 ± 4% 38% 41% 21%
Harper Polling January 19–20, 2014 750 ± 3.58% 37% 42% 21%
Rasmussen Reports January 14–15, 2014 500 ± 4.5% 35% 37% 8% 20%
Harper Polling January 7–8, 2014 1,004 ± 3.09% 36% 44% 20%
Public Policy Polling December 5–8, 2013 1,034 ± 3% 40% 42% 18%
Denno Research November 12–14, 2013 600 ± 4% 37% 36% 27%
Inside Michigan Politics October 29, 2013 794 ± 4% 43% 38% 19%
Public Policy Polling October 14–15, 2013 642 ± 3.9% 43% 36% 21%
MRG/Mitchell Research October 6–10, 2013 600 ± 4% 39% 40% 21%
EPIC-MRA September 7–10, 2013 600 ± 4% 38% 37% 25%
Mitchell Research August 26, 2013 1,881 ± 2.23% 36% 39% 25%
Denno Research July 23–24, 2013 600 ± 4% 39% 39% 22%
Public Policy Polling May 30–June 2, 2013 697 ± 3.7% 41% 36% 23%
Mitchell Research March 19 & 21, 2013 571 ± 4.1% 33% 32% 35%
Harper Polling March 9–10, 2013 1,744 ± 2.35% 21.14% 28.66% 50.20%

Results

General election results[89]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gary Peters 1,702,460 54.6 -12.9
Republican Terri Lynn Land 1,288,126 41.3 +18.2
Libertarian Jim Fulner 62,790 2 +20
Green Chris Wahmhoff 26,102 0.9 -1.2
U.S. Taxpayers Richard Matkin 37,442 1.2 +50
Majority 414,334
Turnout 3,116,920
Democratic hold Swing

See also

References

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  77. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 2%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 1%
  78. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 2%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 1%
  79. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 3%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 1%
  80. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 2.2%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 1.2%
  81. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 2%, Richard Matkin (TP) 0.5%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 1%
  82. ^ Jim Fullner (L) 1%, Richard Matkin (TP) 0.5%, Chris Wahmhoff (G) 2%
  83. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 3%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 1%
  84. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 3%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 1%
  85. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 5%, Richard Matkin (TP) 2%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 3%
  86. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 3%, Richard Matkin (TP) 2%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 3%
  87. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 3.2%, Richard Matkin (TP) 1.8%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 1.4%
  88. ^ Jim Fulner (L) 4%, Richard Matkin (TP) 2%, Chris Wahmhof (G) 1%
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External links

Official campaign websites
  • Jim Fulner for U. S. Senate
  • Jeff Jones for U.S. Senate
  • Terri Lynn Land for U.S. Senate
  • Paul Marineau for U.S. Senate
  • Gary Peters for U.S. Senate
  • Terry Whitney for U. S. Senate
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