These Michigan State House candidates raised the most money and lost

Elections for all 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives took place on Nov. 8, 2022. Republicans held a 56-53 majority heading into the election.

This article details the five candidates who raised the most money and lost their election. In the 2022 election cycle, 109 of 110 general elections were contested. The losing candidates are shown along with the percentage of the vote they received compared to the winner. In cases where the race was pushed to a runoff, vote percentages for both advancing candidates are included.

House candidates who raised the most money and lost their general election

This information comes from candidate reports to the Michigan Secretary of State covering the period of Jan. 1, 2021, through Oct. 24, 2022.

The candidates who raised the most money and lost their election were:

  • Jack O’Malley – $296,139 – District 103 (Lost general 48% – 50%)
  • Alex Garza – $252,062 – District 29 (Lost general 49% – 51%)
  • Kevin Whiteford – $250,762 – District 38 (Lost general 48% – 52%)
  • Shadia Martini – $216,269 – District 54 (Lost general 49% – 51%)
  • Lynn Afendoulis – $207,850 – District 81 (Lost general 44% – 56%)

House candidates who raised the most money and lost their general election last cycle

This information comes from candidate reports to the Michigan Secretary of State covering the period of Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2020.

The candidates who raised the most money and lost their election were:

  • Dan O’Neil – $547,296 – District 104 (Lost general 47% – 51%)
  • Julia Pulver – $522,512 – District 39 (Lost general 47% – 52%)
  • Bronwyn Haltom – $463,558 – District 61 (Lost general 46% – 54%)
  • Barb Anness – $457,299 – District 45 (Lost general 48% – 52%)
  • Martha Ptashnik – $269,327 – District 19 (Lost general 50% – 50%)

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines.

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.




About the author

Kalyn Stralow