This post was last updated on August 5, 2020.
Michigan will see several interesting congressional races in 2020, with one open seat so far. Michigan has 14 congressional seats.
There are several articles that analyze the general political leanings of the districts.
Michigan Redistricting: Congressional Map Passed
Republican Michigander Congressional District Profiles
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(Upper Peninsula, Northern Lower Peninsula) Safe Republican.
CD12: 48.1-47.6 CD14: 52-45 CD16: 55-40 CD 18: 56-44 McCain: 48.5 Romney: 53.5 Trump 57.9
Following the retirement of Dan Benishek, conservative retired general Jack Bergman
defeated moderate state senator Tom Casperson
and former senator Jason Allen 39-32-28 in the 2016 R primary. He defeated Lon Johnson
in 2016 and Matt Morgan in 2018. Bergman has pledged to seek only one more term. Dana Ferguson defeated Linda O'Dell for the D nomination.
(Ottowa, Muskegon) Safe Republican.
CD12: 61-34 CD14: 64-33 CD16: 63-33 CD 18: 55-43 McCain: 50.4 Romney: 56 Trump 55.8
Republican former state rep. Bill Huizinga
won a close primary in 2010 to replace Pete Hoekstra, and was easily reelected since then. He has generally voted a fairly conservative line. This was the most Republican district in Michigan, but has been supplanted by more Trump-friendly areas. Bryan Berghoef will be the D nominee.
(Kent, Calhoun) Lean Republican.
CD12: 52.6-44.1 CD14: 58-39 CD16: 59-37 CD 18: 54-43 McCain: 48.6 Romney: 53.1 Trump 51.6
Republican state rep. Justin Amash
was elected in 2010. After years of voting as contrarian libertarian, he bolted the party, becoming an independent in 2019. He became a Libertarian party member in 2020, and considered running for president, but declined. Amash had previously attracted several primary challengers. Retail heir and veteran Peter Meijer
won the R primary with 50%. The other R candidates were state rep. Lynn Afendoulis
(18-P) of Grand Rapids Township, village trustee Joe Farrington
, lawyer Emily Rafi, and anti-establishment former village trustee Tom Norton
. State rep. Jim Lower (16-P) and businessman Joel Langlois announced campaigns, but later dropped out. The D nominee will be attorney Hillary Scholten.
(central Michigan) Safe Republican.
CD12: 63-34 CD14: 56-39 CD16: 62-32 CD 18: 63-37 McCain: 48.6 Romney: 53.4 Trump 59.5
Republican state senator John Moolenaar
of Midland succeeded Dave Camp
in 2014. He has won easily since then in a district has a swung heavily to Trump. The D candidates are Anthony Feig and Jerry Hilliard.
(Genesee, Saginaw, Bay) Safe democrat.
CD12: 31-65 CD14: 31-67 CD16: 35-61 CD 18: 36-60 McCain: 35.4 Romney: 38.4 Trump 45.5
Former Genesee Treasurer Dan Kildee
succeeded his uncle Dale Kildee in 2012. Former state rep. Tim Kelly
defeated former GM worker Earl Lackie
for the R nomination.
(SW Michigan) Lean Republican.
CD12: 55-43 CD14: 56-40 CD16: 59-36 CD 18: 50-46 McCain: 45 Romney: 50 Trump 51.3
Republican Fred Upton
has won by wide margins since defeating conservative Mark Siljander in 1986
. But in 2018, doctor Matt Longjohn held Upton to a 4-point margin. Upton won 62% against realtor Elana Oelke
in the primary. Progressive D state rep Jon Hoadley (14-20) of Kalamazoo won only 52% against teacher Jen Richardson in the D primary.
(south-central Michigan) Safe Republican.
CD12: 53-43 CD14: 53-41 CD16: 55-40 CD 18: 54-46 McCain: 47.4 Romney: 50.9 Trump 55.7
Republican Tim Walberg
defeated liberal democrat Mark Schauer in a hard-fought race in 2010. This followed Schauer's defeat of Walberg in 2008, Walberg's defeat of RINO Joe Schwarz in 2006, and Schwarz's winning a divided Republican primary to replace Nick Smith in 2004. Walberg defeated D state rep (12-16) Gretchen Driskell
in 2016 and 2018. She is running again in 2020.
(Ingham, Livingston, N Oakland) Lean democrat.
CD12: 59-37 CD14: 55-42 CD16: 56-39 CD 18: 47-51 McCain: 46.4 Romney: 51.1 Trump 50.6
R congressman Mike Bishop, who succeeded Mike Rogers
in 2014, lost to former DOD official Elissa Slotkin in the 2018 wave. Television anchor and Trump USCIS official Paul Junge
is won the R primary with 35%. Other R candidates were businessman Mike Detmer
, veteran Alan Hoover
, and attorney Kristina Lyke
. State Board of Education member Nikki Snyder
was disqualified due to lack of signatures.
(S Macomb, Royal Oak, Bloomfield) Safe democrat.
CD12: 34-62 CD14: 36-60 CD16: 37-58 CD 18: 37-60 McCain: 40.4 Romney: 41.8 Trump 43.7
Democrat Sander Levin
, who has represented this district since 1982, retired in 2018. His son Andy Levin defeated progressive state rep Ellen Lipton (08-14) and Martin Brook for the D nomination. Veteran Charles Langworthy
defeated businessman Gabi Grossbard
for the R nomination.
(N Macomb, the Thumb) Safe Republican.
CD12: 69-30 CD14: 69-29 CD16: 63-32 CD 18: 60-35 McCain: 50 Romney: 55.2 Trump 63.8
Self-funding businessman Paul Mitchell
, first elected in 2016, is retiring in 2020, citing frustration with Congress. Self-funding businesswoman Lisa McClain
won the R primary with 42%.
State Rep Shane Hernandez
had 36% and retired Air Force Gen. Doug Slocum
had 22%. Environmental activist Kimberly Bizon defeated Kelly Noland for the D nomination.
(NW Wayne, SW Oakland, Troy) Likely democrat.
CD12: 50.8-44.4 CD14: 56-41 CD16: 53-40 CD 18: 45-52 McCain: 48.4 Romney: 52.2 Trump 49.7
In 2018, establishment Republican businessman David Trott
retired retirement after two terms. Pro-Trump businesswoman Lena Epstein
defeated several other candidates in the primary. Businesswoman Haley Stevens won D nomination and the general in this district which swung heavily against Trump. Nurse and lawyer Eric Esshaki
won the R nomination with 31%. The other R candidates were businessman Frank Acosta
, former Congressman Kerry Bentivolio
, businesswoman Carmelita Greco
, and GOP official Whitney Williams
. As this district is likely to be chopped up in redistricting, stronger candidates avoided the race.
(Downriver, Ann Arbor) Safe democrat.
CD12: 29-68 CD14: 31-65 CD16: 29-64 CD 18: 29-68 McCain: 31.2 Romney: 32.7 Trump 34.5
In 2014, democrat Debbie Dingell
easily replaced her husband John Dingell
in Congress after his 58 years (!) in office. She defeated a challenge in the D primary by Solomon Rajput. The R nominee will be businessman Jeff Jones
(W Detroit, Westland) Safe democrat.
CD12: 14-82 CD14: 16-80 CD16: 16-77 CD 18: 0-84 McCain: 14 Romney: 14 Trump 18
In November 2017, congressman John Conyers, who represented this district since 1964, announced his resignation in a sexual harassment scandal. Rep Rashida Tlaib (08-14), a Muslim who lost a state senate race in 2014, defeated Detroit council president Brenda Jones, Westland Mayor William Wild, the only suburban candidate, state sen Coleman Young (10-18), state senator Ian Conyers (16-18), and rep Shanelle Jackson (06-12) for the D nomination. Without Jackson and Young on the ballot, however, Jones won the primary for a special election held on the same day. Tlaib has made national news due to her anti-Semitic remarks and attacks on President Trump. Tlaib won the 2020 D primary in 2020 with 66% to Jones' 34%. GOP official David Dudenhoefer
won the R primary over Linda Sawyer and engineer Al Lemmo
(E Detroit, Southfield, Farmington, Pontiac) Safe democrat.
CD12: 16-82 CD14: 20-78 CD16: 19-79 CD 18: 17-81 McCain: 18 Romney: 18 Trump 18
In 2014, Southfield mayor Brenda Lawrence
succeeded Gary Peters, who was elected to the US Senate. She easily defeated a primary challenge from Terrance Morrison. Construction contractor Robert Patrick
won the R primary over attorney Daryle Houston