Elissa Slotkin

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Elissa Slotkin


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2018 Result: Slotkin wins by nearly 5-point margin (50.6% to 46.8%)

Elissa Slotkin is a third-generation Michigander whose grandfather founded Hygrade Foods -- the creator of the iconic Ballpark Frank. She is a former intelligence officer and national security expert who has worked for the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, the Pentagon, and the State Department. Slotkin also worked in the White House under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She is a former Acting Assistant Secretary for Defense.

Slotkin has been endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and the Michigan AFL-CIO. She is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Bishop, a former state senator who has been a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act in Congress. Slotkin's mother, Judith, had no health insurance when she was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in 2009; she died in 2011.

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Elissa Slotkin (D)

Mike Bishop (R)

Campaign Spending

Total Raised: $6,205K; Cash on Hand: $999K (as of 10/17)

Total Raised: $3,162K; Cash on Hand: $782K (as of 10/17)

Outside Spending

Supporting: $2,764K; Opposing Bishop: $3,069K

Supporting: $689K; Opposing Slotkin: $4,060K

Polling Results

Election Results


2016: R+16.8

2014: R+12.5

2012: R+21.3


2016: R+6.7

2012: R+3.1

2008: D+5.6



The 8th congressional district is located in Southern Michigan, including part of the Democratic-leaning state capitol of Lansing. The district includes many suburbs of Detroit but also conservative strongholds such as Oakland County.

In the late 1990s the district was represented by current U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

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