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No Contest in Michigan: Money, Incumbency and Competitiveness, 2004

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Publication Date: April 2006

Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)

Author(s): Denise Roth Barber

Topic: Politics (Campaigns, lobbying, and pressure groups)

Type: Report

Coverage: Michigan


Michigan office seekers who are considering taking on incumbents face a daunting task if the 2004 House elections are any indication. In that election, 70 of the 72 incumbents seeking re-election won their races. And in 70 percent of the House races, the winners raised more than twice the amount their competitors did, rendering the races less than competitive.