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+Rick Snyder/Brian Calley (R) i
1,607,399
50.92%
Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown (D)
1,479,057
46.86%
Mary Buzuma/Scott Boman (L) 35,723
1.13%
Mark McFarlin/Richard Mendoza (UST)
19,368
0.61%
Paul Homeniuk/Candace R. Caveny (G)
14,934
0.47%
write-ins (5)
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3,156,531

Registered Voters: 7,446,280.  Total voters: 3,188,956.
Plurality: 128,342 votes (4.07 percentage points)

 MI Secretary of State




Notes:  Gov. Rick Snyder (R) won a second term, defeating former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer (D) and three other candidates. 
Both Snyder and Schauer were unopposed in the Aug. 5 primaries.

Schauer brought two decades of public service experience to his bid.  He served as executive director of the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan for four years.  He was elected to the Battle Creek City Commission, to three terms in the Michigan House, and in 2002 to the Michigan Senate, where he rose to the position of Minority Leader.  In 2008 he was elected to Congress in MI-7, defeating freshman U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R), but he lost to Walberg in a 2010 rematch.  Following that defeat he took up a position as a business development representative in organized labor.  In April and May 2013, leading Michigan Democrats coalesced around a possible gubernatorial run by Schauer, and he announced his candidacy on May 28.
  On Apr. 3, 2014 Schauer announced Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown as his running mate. 

On the Republican side there was some talk in 2013 that there might be a Tea Party challenge to Gov. Snyder, but that did not happen.  Snyder formally launched his re-election campaign on Feb. 3, 2014, touting Michigan as the "comeback state."  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley remained on the ticket with Snyder. 


Snyder and Schauer engaged in just one debate, a town hall style event at Wayne State University on Oct. 12 (>). 

The Lansing State Journal reported that spending in the race totalled $58.3 million, comprising $21.7 million by the campaigns and $36.6 million by outside groups.


Campaign Managers:
Rick Snyder 
Kyle Robertson
(Dec. 2013)  Campaign manager on Mike Pence for Indiana, Nov. 2009-Nov. 2013.  Director of outreach for the U.S. House Small Business Committee, Jan.-Nov. 2009.  Campaign manager on Blaine Luetkemeyer for Congress (MO), Aug.-Nov. 2008.  Campaign manager on Jim Ryun for Congress (KS), May 2007-Aug. 2008.  Midwest field representative for the NRCC, Jan.-Dec. 2006.  Legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (KY-4), Jan.-Dec. 2005.  Political director on Geoff Davis for Congress, Dec. 2003-Jan. 2005.  Campaign manager on Sean Connaughton for Prince William County Chairman, Apr.-Nov. 2003.  Studied at University of Kentucky.

Mark Schauer
  B.J. Neidhardt (Brad)
Campaign manager on Betty Sutton for Congress (OH), 2012.  Deputy executive director of the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, 2011.  Regional political desk at the DCCC, 2010.  Regional political director at the DSCC, 2009-10.  Washington director for U.S. Rep. Schauer, 2008-09; campaign manager on Mark Schauer for Congress, 2007-09.  Caucus director for Michigan Senate Democrats, 2006-07.  Campaign coordinator on Tarryl Clark for State Senate (MN).  Campaign manager on Nick Clooney for Congress (KY), 2004.  Regional field director on Dick Gephardt for President's Iowa caucus campaign, 2003-04.  Regional field director on Jeanne Shaheen for Senate (NH), 2002.   Field director on Kelleher for Congress (IL), 1999-2000.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Illinois Wesleyan University, 2002.





See also:
Chad Livengood.  "Mark Schauer looks back at failed bid."  The Detroit News, Dec. 8, 2014.

Paul Egan.  "Governor's race was second most costly in state history."  Lansing State Journal, Dec. 5, 2014.

"Michigan Gubernatorial Campaign Ads."  C-SPAN, Oct. 12, 2014.

Chad Livengood.  "Election 2014: Mark Schauer keen on 'voter contact.'"  The Detroit News, Sept. 24, 2014.

Paul Egan.  "Fight over Snyder's running mate on tap at GOP convention," Lansing State Journal, Aug. 21, 2014.

Stateside Staff.  "Gov. Snyder official kicks off his re-election campaign."  Michigan Radio, Feb. 3, 2014.

Jonathan Oosting.  "Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer on running for governor: 'I'm ready to work, and I'm ready to win.'"  mlive.com, May 28, 2013.






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