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MICHIGAN

michiganPopulation: 9,922,576 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 19, 2016.

Primary: August 2, 2016.

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Michigan (D+4) is a state that’s gone left in Presidential elections in the last few cycles, but the GOP is still competitive on the local level. Michigan is still hurting from the loss of many traditional industrial jobs and was the only state to lose population from 2000 till 2010. It is 79% White and 13% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 16. Michigan is regarded as a moderately Democratic state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Debbie Stabenow. (Pic: Congress)

Debbie Stabenow. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Debbie Sta­benow (D)
Committees: Agriculture (Ranking), Budget, Energy, Finance.

Democratic nominee: Debbie Sta­benow
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
County Commissioner and State Senator Debbie Sta­benow (b.1950) served two terms in the House before defeating an incumbent Republican in 2000. She was re-elected in 2012 with 59%.

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Gary Peters. (Pic: Congress)

Gary Peters. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Gary Peters (D)
Committees: Commerce, Homeland Security, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeGary Peters
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2020.

Status, May 20, 2016:
State Senator and lawyer Gary Peters (b.1958) served 3 terms in the House before taking this open seat with 55%.

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Representatives: 14 Representatives; 5 Democrats and 9 Republicans.

Dan Benishek. (Pic: Congress)

Dan Benishek. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Dan Benishek (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeLon Johnson
Republican nomineeJack Bergman

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers all of the Upper Peninsula and the northern parts of the Lower Peninsula. It is 93% White. Surgeon Dan Benishek (b.1952) won it in 2010 and took 52% in 2014 but is not running again. The Dems nominated well-connected former State Party Chair Lon Johnson. The GOP nominated retired Marine Lieutenant General Jack Bergman.

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Bill Huizenga. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Huizenga. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Bill Huizenga (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeDennis Murphy
Republican nominee: Bill Huizenga

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+7) covers central, western parts along Lake Michigan, and has the highest concentration of Dutch-Americans in the USA. It is 84% White. Lawyer Bill Huizenga (b.1969) was first elected in 2010 and took 65% in 2014. The Dems are running engineer Dennis Murphy.

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Justin Amash. (Pic: Congress)

Justin Amash. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Justin Amash (R)
Committees: Oversight.

Democratic nomineeDouglas Smith
Republican nominee: Justin Amash

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+4) covers central, western parts inland, including Grand Rapids. It is 84% White. Lawyer and State Representative Justin Amash (b.1980) first won it in 2010 and took 58% in 2014. The Dems are running sheet metal worker Douglas Smith.

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John Moolenaar. (Pic: Congress)

John Moolenaar. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: John Moolenaar (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Budget, Science.

Democratic nominee: NONE
Republican nomineeJohn Moolenaar

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers central Michigan, and is 94% White. Chemist and State Senator John Moolenaar (b.1961) held the seat with 56% in 2014.

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Dan Kildee. (Pic: Congress)

Dan Kildee. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Dan Kildee (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Dan Kildee
Republican nomineeAllen Hardwick

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+10) covers central, eastern areas, parts of the Lake Huron shoreline and all of Flint. It is 78% White and 16% Black. Lawyer Dan Kildee (b.1958) won the seat in 2012 after his uncle. He took 67% in 2014 against web designer Allen Hardwick, who is running again.

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Fred Upton. (Pic: Congress)

Fred Upton. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Fred Upton (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce (Chair).

Democratic nomineePaul Clements
Republican nominee: Fred Upton

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+1) covers the southwestern corner of the State, including Kalamazoo. It is 85% White. Fred Upton (b.1953) was a journalist until he started to work on the staff of several politicians. He was first elected in 1986 and won 56% in 2014 against college professor Paul Clements, who is running again.

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Tim Walberg. (Pic: Congress)

Tim Walberg. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Tim Walberg (R)
Committees: Education, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Gretchen Driskell
Republican nominee: Tim Wal­berg

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+3) covers the southeastern and south central areas of the state, including suburbs of Ann Arbor and Lansing. It is 91% White. Pastor and State Representative Tim Walberg (b.1951) was first elected in 2006, but lost in 2008. He got it back in 2010 and took 53% in 2014. The Dems are running State Representative Gretchen Driskell.

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Mike Bishop. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Bishop. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Mike Bishop (R)
Committees: Education, Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeSuzanna Shkreli
Republican nomineeMike Bishop

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+2) lies in southern and southwestern Michigan and contains Lansing with eastern suburbs. It is 86% White. Lawyer and State Senator Mike Bishop (b.1967) held the seat with 55% in 2014. The Dems replaced ther candidate for health reasons after the primary and nominated Assistant County Prosecutor Suzanna Skhreli.

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Sander Levin. (Pic: Congress)

Sander Levin. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Sander Levin (D)
Committees: Ways and Means (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Sander Levin
Republican nomineeChris Morse

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+6) contains northern suburbs of Detroit and is 84% White and 10% Black. Lawyer Sander Levin (b.1931) was first elected in 1982 and took 60% in 2014. The GOP is running stockbroker Chris Morse.

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Candice Miller. (Pic: Congress)

Candice Miller. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Candice Miller (R)
Committees: Administration (Chair), Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeFrank Accavitti
Republican nomineePaul Mitchell

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers the area of central, eastern Michigan known as ‘The Thumb’. It is 93% White. Former SoS Candice Miller (b.1954) was first elected in 2002 and took 69% in 2014. She is not seeking re-election in 2016 and the GOP nominated businessman and former State Party Finance Chair Paul Mitchell. The Dems have nominated lawyer and former County Commissioner and State Representative Frank Accavitti.

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Dave Trott. (Pic: Congress)

Dave Trott. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Dave Trott (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeAnil Kumar
Republican nomineeDave Trott

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+4) covers western and northwestern suburbs of Detroit and is 84% White. Lawyer Dave Trott (b.1960) defeated an incumbent GOP Congressman in the 2014 primary and got 56% in November. The Dems are running physician Anil Kumar, who lost the 2014 primary.

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Debbie Dingell. (Pic: Congress)

Debbie Dingell. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Debbie Dingell (D)
Committees: Budget, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeDebbie Dingell
Republican nomineeJeff Jones

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+15) covers Ann Arbor and suburbs southwest of Detroit. It is 79% White and 10% Black. Businesswoman and activist Debbie Dingell (b.1953) is the wife of former Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House ever. She won 65% in her first election in 2014. The GOP is running Baptist Pastor Jeff Jones.

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John Conyers. (Pic: Congress)

John Conyers. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: John Conyers (D)
Committees: Judiciary (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: John Conyers
Republican nominee: Jeff Gorman

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+33) covers central and western parts of Detroit, with suburbs. It is 37% White and 54% Black. Lawyer and veteran John Conyers (b.1929) was first elected all the way back in 1964 and is currently the longest serving member of the House. He won 79% in 2014 against retired pilot Jeff Gorman, who is running again.

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Brenda Lawrence. (Pic: Congress)

Brenda Lawrence. (Pic: Congress)

District 14
Representative: Brenda Lawrence (D)
Committees: Oversight, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeBrenda Lawrence
Republican nomineeHoward Klausner

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+29) covers central and northwestern parts of Detroit with suburbs. It is 34% White and 57% Black. Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence (b.1954) held the seat with 78% in 2014. The GOP is running physician Howard Klausner.

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STATE LEVEL

Rick Snyder. (Pic: State of MI)

Rick Snyder. (Pic: State of MI)

Governor: Rick Snyder (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rick Snyder

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Lawyer and businessman Rick Snyder (b.1958) was first elected in 2010 and won 51% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Brian Calley. (Pic: State of MI)

Brian Calley. (Pic: State of MI)

Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Brian Calley

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee, but must be approved formally approved by the State Convention. Lawyer and State Representative Brian Calley (b.1977) has been the LG since 2011 and is term limited.

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Ruth Johnson. (Pic: State of MI)

Ruth Johnson. (Pic: State of MI)

Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Businesswoman and State Representative Ruth Johnson (b.1955) was first elected in 2010 and took 54% in 2014. She is term limited.

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Bill Schuette. (Pic: State of MI)

Bill Schuette. (Pic: State of MI)

Attorney General­: Bill Schu­ette (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 20, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, May 20, 2016:
Lawyer Bill Schu­ette (b.1953) was first elected in 2010 and took 52% in 2014. He is term limited.

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State Senate: 38 (11D / 27R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2018.
State House: 110 (47D / 63R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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