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Michigan 9th District


Joe Knollenberg*

Joe Knollenberg* (R)*

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Gary Peters

Gary Peters (D)

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Michigan Snapshot

RCP Senate Ranking: Toss Up

Presidential Race:
Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Competitive House Races: MI-7
| MI-9

Key 2006 State Races: Senate | Governor

2004 President: Kerry (D) vs. Bush (R)

Polling Data

PollDateSampleKnollenberg (R)Peters (D)Spread
EPIC-MRA8/21 - 8/23400 LV4336Knollenberg +7

Race Summary

Rep. Joe Knollenberg's Oakland County district is the home of the Reagan Democrat, and though he's won re-election to eight terms, he won just 52% against a weak and underfunded challenger in 2006. Democrats have their sites the seat now, and former State Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters (D) has raised the funds necessary to compete in November. Michigan is in the midst of a one-state recession, and deeply unhappy voters could take out their frustrations on incumbents.

Previous Election Results

2006: Knollenberg (R) 52, Skinner (D) 46
2004: Knollenberg (R) 58, Reifman (D) 40
2002: Knollenberg (R) 58, Fink (D) 40

2004: Bush (R) 51, Kerry (D) 49
2000: Bush (R) 51, Gore (D) 47