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Michigan - 12th District

Incumbent -- Sander M. Levin (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Heavily Democratic and dependent on the vulnerable auto industry, the 12th includes well-settled suburbs in Macomb and Oakland counties above 8 Mile Road, Detroit's northern boundary. The shoe-shaped district borders Lake St. Clair at its heel and Detroit at its instep, before its toes extend to the city of Southfield.

Seventy percent of the 12th's residents live in Macomb in the district's eastern half. That county (shared with the 10th) supported Democrat Barack Obama with 53 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election. Warren, which is the district's most populous city, has been a traditional Democratic haven, and the city gave Obama 59 percent of its presidential vote in 2008. Clinton Township, at slightly less than 100,000 people, claims to be the most populous township in Michigan. St. Clair Shores, the self-proclaimed "boat capital of Michigan," has more than six miles of waterfront.

To the west, the 12th takes in several southern Oakland County communities near the Detroit boundary that are heavily Democratic and have large black populations: Southfield, which has become a haven for black urban professionals, as well as Lathrup Village and Oak Park. Other Oakland County communities in the 12th include Ferndale and Hazel Park, which also are solidly Democratic but are overwhelmingly white and have shed residents since 2000.

The district is lined with auto manufacturing facilities, including Sterling Heights' Chrysler stamping plant. Warren is home to the General Motors Technical Center design and engineering campus as well as the Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command. But layoffs have caused concern in Detroit and across the district, and municipal budget shortfalls have resulted in local governments raising taxes and cutting programs.

Major Industry

Auto manufacturing, auto and tank research and design

Cities

Warren, 134,056; Clinton, 96,796; Southfield, 71,739; St. Clair Shores, 59,715; Roseville, 47,299; Sterling Heights (pt.), 39,419

Notable

The Detroit Zoo is in Royal Oak, which received its name in 1819 when Gov. Lewis Cass and his companions christened a large tree.

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