Sunday, May 29, 2005

Iosco County

Iosco County:
Location – Northeastern Michigan
Population – 27,339 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.92% White, .41% Black, .66% American Indian, .46% Asian, .23% Some other Race, 1.27% Two or more races, .98% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Tawas City (pop 2,005)

Iosco County is a rural county on Lake Huron’s coast in Northeastern Michigan. It is between Standish and Harrisville.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Tony Stamas (R) – 36th District
State Representative – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 103rd District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 66.51%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 33.49%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 70.96%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.86%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.51%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.49%

Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 66.73%, Donald Brewster (R) – 31.62%

State Senator:
37th District – Walt North (R) – 56.24%, Kay Ann Chase (D) – 43.76%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 51.62%, Don Birgel (R) – 48.38%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Spence Abraham (R) – 52.60%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.83%
Congress:
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 72.97%, Ronald Actis (D) – 25.11%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 65.55%, Don Birgel (R) – 34.45%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.32%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.17%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 54.81%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.49%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 50.86%, Mike Cox (R) – 46.24%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 62.80%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 34.89%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 61.76%, Don Hooper (R) – 36.59%
State Senate:
36th District – Andy Neumann (D) – 53.87%, Tony Stamas (R) – 46.13%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 65.60%, Ken Carlson (R) – 34.40%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 63.67%, Don Hooper (R) – 34.37%

State Representative
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 61.27%, Bruce Rendon (R) – 38.73%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
IOSCO COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6345 (47.99%), Gore – 6505 (49.20%)
2004 – Bush – 7301 (52.13%), Kerry – 6557 (46.82%)

Alabaster Township
2000 - 178 (56.69%), 130 (41.40%)
2004 – 191 (56.01%), 147 (43.11%)

Au Sable Township
2000 - 458 (44.47%), 545 (52.91%)
2004 – 523 (48.47%), 542 (50.23%)

Baldwin Township
2000 - 518 (53.68%), 412 (42.69%)
2004 – 573 (56.18%), 440 (43.14%)

Burleigh Township
2000 - 139 (44.84%), 163 (52.58%)
2004 – 172 (48.59%), 178 (50.28%)

East Tawas City
2000 - 758 (51.53%), 665 (45.21%)
2004 – 867 (58.31%), 609 (40.95%)

Grant Township
2000 - 349 (42.00%), 459 (55.23%)
2004 – 412 (48.07%), 439 (51.23%)

Oscoda Township
2000 - 1622 (47.59%), 1686 (49.47%)
2004 – 1977 (52.43%), 1750 (46.41%)

Plainfield Township
2000 - 923 (44.23%), 1119 (53.62%)
2004 – 1019 (48.45%), 1065 (50.64%)

Reno Township
2000 - 131 (47.64%), 133 (48.36%)
2004 – 143 (49.65%), 141 (48.96%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 97 (42.92%), 125 (55.31%)
2004 – 137 (48.07%), 148 (51.93%)

Tawas City
2000 - 466 (52.18%), 404 (45.24%)
2004 – 496 (55.42%), 384 (42.91%)

Tawas Township
2000 - 454 (54.63%), 364 (43.80%)
2004 – 506 (55.79%), 388 (42.78%)

Whittemore City
2000 - 87 (45.31%), 95 (49.48%)
2004 – 75 (42.37%), 100 (56.50%)

Wilber Township
2000 - 165 (43.08%), 205 (53.52%)
2004 – 210 (47.62%), 226 (51.25%)

Iosco County leans conservative democrat, but swung to Bush in 2004, mostly due to the increases in the Tawas area, as well as the flip of Oscoda Township. Like most of Northeastern Michigan, It should continue to be competitive in the future.

Redistricting butchered the 5th district in Congress, and placed Iosco in Stupak's UP based first district. The State Senate seat was changed from a St Ignace based seat to an Alpena to Midland seat. The state representative seat changed slightly, but is still based near West Branch in Ogemaw County.

Iron County

Iron County:
Location – The UP
Population – 13,138 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.28% White, 1.10% Black, 1.02% American Indian, .20% Asian, .24% Some other Race, 1.16% Two or more races, .64% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Crystal Falls (pop 1,791)

Iron County is a rural county in the UP. It is between Ironwood and Iron Mountain on the Wisconsin Border. It is strongly democrat in most cases.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Michael Prusi (D) – 38th District
State Representative – Rich Brown (D) – 110th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 54.33%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 45.67%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 60.32%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 38.06%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 57.11%, John Smietanka (R) – 42.89%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 70.26%, Michelle McManus (R) – 28.05%

State Senator:
38th District – Don Koivisto (D) – 78.63%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 19.23%

State Representative:
110th District – Paul Tesanovich (D) – 73.85%, Luke Gunderman (R) – 19.08%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Debbie Stabenow (D) – 48.88%, Spence Abraham (R) – 48.50%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 66.03%, Chuck Yob (R) – 32.94%

State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 53.68%, Gregg Nominelli (R) – 46.32%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 53.51%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 44.44%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 49.19%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 47.40%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 54.61%, Mike Cox (R) – 42.27%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 68.58%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 29.76%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 73.11%, Don Hooper (R) – 26.01%
State Senate:
38th District – Michael Prusi (D) – 66.44%, David Schoenow (R) – 33.56%

State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 77.65%, Barry Fay (R) – 22.35%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 71.14%, Don Hooper (R) – 27.96%

State Representative
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 69.48%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 27.16%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
IRON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 2967 (47.95%), Gore – 3014 (48.71%)
2004 – Bush – 3224 (49.52%), Kerry – 3215 (49.38%)

Caspian City
2000 - 156 (33.77%), 287 (62.12%)
2004 – 183 (39.96%), 270 (58.95%)

Crystal Falls City
2000 - 355 (41.09%), 479 (55.44%)
2004 – 371 (43.29%), 478 (55.78%)

Gaastra City
2000 - 71 (43.03%), 87 (52.73%)
2004 – 76 (43.93%), 97 (56.07%)

Mastodon Township
2000 - 165 (43.77%), 186 (49.34%)
2004 – 203 (49.03%), 203 (49.03%)

Crystal Falls Township
2000 - 390 (45.99%), 436 (51.42%)
2004 – 435 (46.47%), 490 (52.35%)

Iron River City
2000 - 662 (48.18%), 672 (48.91%)
2004 – 716 (49.21%), 723 (49.69%)

Hematite Township
2000 - 87 (49.43%), 83 (47.16%)
2004 – 90 (46.88%), 102 (53.13%)

Stambaugh Township
2000 - 330 (53.14%), 269 (43.32%)
2004 – 380 (54.91%), 304 (43.93%)

Mansfield Township
2000 - 91 (54.82%), 71 (42.77%)
2004 – 96 (53.33%), 82 (45.56%)

Bates Township
2000 - 288 (55.07%), 222 (42.45%)
2004 – 310 (57.94%), 219 (40.93%)

Iron River Township
2000 - 372 (60.78%), 222 (36.27%)
2004 – 364 (58.80%), 247 (39.90%)

Iron County is the fourth most democrat county in the UP in most years (behind Alger, Gogebic, and Marquette). It surprisingly went to Bush in 2004, although it was narrow. It flipped due to narrower losses in Caspian, a tie in Mastaton, and gains in Bates and Stambaugh. It’ll probably be competitive at the top of the ticket, but still strongly dem in local areas

Isabella County

Isabella County:
Location – Central Michigan
Population – 63,351 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 89.12% White, 3.67% Black, 1.54% American Indian, 2.85% Asian, .93% Some other Race, 1.83% Two or more races, 2.49% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Mt. Pleasant (pop 25,946)

Isabella County is a mostly rural county outside of Mt Pleasant. Mt Pleasant is known for two things – the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation and Central Michigan University. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is one of the largest east of the Mississippi River, and is also a concert hall and a four or five star hotel. Beal City is the former home of Governor John Engler. Isabella County is a competitive county in elections.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Dave Camp (R) – 4th District
State Senator – Alan Cropsey (R) – 33th District
State Representative – Bill Caul (R) – 99th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.74%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.26%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.45%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.08%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.82%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.18%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 88.51%, Dan Marsh (LIB) - 8.54%

State Senator:
23th District – Joanne Emmons (R) – 63.38%, Louis Gula (D) – 34.08%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 52.05%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 47.95%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 51.71%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.83%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 63.78%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.81%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 51.10%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 48.90%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.50%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.80%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 55.22%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 41.75%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 49.27%, Gary Peters (D) – 47.21%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 60.73%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 37.14%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 64.25%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 33.13%
State Senate:
33rd District – Alan Cropsey (R) – 57.02%, Mark Munsell (D) – 42.98%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 63.11%, Justin Eastman (D) – 36.89%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 62.44%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 36.58%

State Representative
99th District – Bill Caul (R) – 52.79%, Sharon Stangle Tillman (D) – 47.21%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

ISABELLA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 10053 (47.71%), Gore – 10228 (48.85%)
2004 – Bush – 11754 (48.19%), Kerry – 12334 (50.57%)

Broomfield Township
2000 - 390 (57.27%), 267 (39.21%)
2004 – 461 (55.88%), 354 (42.91%)

Chippewa Township
2000 - 640 (42.92%), 804 (53.92%)
2004 – 823 (47.38%), 887 (51.07%)

Clare City
2000 - 4 (66.67%), 2 (33.33%)
2004 – 13 (65.00%), 7 (35.00%)

Coe Township
2000 - 677 (51.96%), 584 (44.82%)
2004 – 802 (52.52%), 710 (46.50%)

Coldwater Township
2000 - 138 (46.15%), 153 (51.17%)
2004 – 169 (47.61%), 183 (51.55%)

Deerfield Township
2000 - 831 (53.61%), 677 (43.68%)
2004 – 959 (52.78%), 840 (46.23%)

Denver Township
2000 - 229 (50.00%), 218 (47.60%)
2004 – 230 (44.23%), 280 (53.85%)

Fremont Township
2000 - 290 (55.88%), 216 (41.62%)
2004 – 343 (59.34%), 232 (40.14%)

Gilmore Township
2000 - 271 (44.07%), 319 (51.87%)
2004 – 332 (46.06%), 364 (51.49%)

Isabella Township
2000 - 408 (46.36%), 437 (49.66%)
2004 – 468 (48.70%), 480 (49.95%)

Lincoln Township
2000 - 437 (53.95%), 343 (42.35%)
2004 – 512 (55.59%), 401 (43.54%)

Mount Pleasant City
2000 - 2445 (40.31%), 3317 (54.69%)
2004 – 2721 (40.01%), 3982 (58.52%)

Nottawa Township
2000 - 527 (57.10%), 378 (40.95%)
2004 – 584 (55.83%), 454 (43.40%)

Rolland Township
2000 - 302 (53.55%), 242 (42.91%)
2004 – 350 (54.43%), 288 (44.73%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 571 (50.80%), 531 (47.25%)
2004 – 685 (52.45%), 610 (46.71%)

Union Township
2000 - 1274 (47.93%), 1283 (48.27%)
2004 – 1545 (47.09%), 1689 (51.48%)

Vernon Township
2000 - 343 (57.17%), 238 (39.67%)
2004 – 420 (57.77%), 296 (40.72%)

Wise Township
2000 - 276 (54.87%), 219 (43.54%)
2004 – 337 (54.44%), 277 (44.75%)

Both in 2000 and 2004, Mt. Pleasant swung the county to the democrats at the top of the ticket. In 04, the Nader votes all went to Kerry, mostly likely due to Iraq. CMU isn’t quite as democrat as MSU, U-M, or Wayne State, most likely due to it’s northern location. I expect this county will continue to be a competitive, and may move slightly to the right when the Iraq War ends.

Redistricting affected the state senate and state rep districts here. The State Senate district now stretches southward to Clinton County, and state representative district now covers part of more republican Midland County, instead of Clare County which swings.

Jackson County

Jackson County:
Location – South Central Michigan
Population – 158,422 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 88.54% White, 7.92% Black, .40% American Indian, .53% Asian, .83% Some other Race, 1.74% Two or more races, 2.20% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Jackson (pop 36,316)

Jackson County is the birthplace of the Republican Party. It is between Ann Arbor and Albion, and between Lansing and Hudson. It is a marginally Republican County. The City of Jackson tilts democrat(although less than other core cities), Leoni and Blackman Townships swing, and the rest of the county tilts republican. Until recently, Concord was the home of the Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent. Jackson has one of the largest prisons in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District
State Senator:
17th District – Beverly Hammerstrom (R) – Grass Lake, Leoni, Norvell, and Summit Townships
19th District – Mark Schauer (D) – Rest of County
State Representative:
64th District – Rick Baxter (R) – Concord and Hanover Townships, Jackson City, Napoleon, Parma, Pulaski, Sandstone, Spring Arbor, and Summit Townships.
65th District – Leslie Mortimer (R) – Blackman, Columbia, Grass Lake, Henrietta, Leoni, Liberty, Norvell, Rives, Springport, Tompkins, and Waterloo Townships

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.29%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.71%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 74.10%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 24.29%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.08%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.92%

Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 58.16%, Jim Berryman (D) - 38.75%

State Senator:
19th District – Phillip Hoffman (R) – 69.05%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 30.95%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 53.81%, Martin J Griffin (D) – 46.19%
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 61.88%, Debbie Phelps (D) – 38.12%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.80%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 43.45%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 61.90%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 34.89%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 60.48%, Lou Adams (D) – 39.52%
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 62.66%, Brenda Abbey (D) – 37.34%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 51.83%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.92%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 61.50%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.34%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.49%, Gary Peters (D) – 42.70%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 55.68%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 42.62%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 60.42%, Mike Simpson (D) – 37.94%

State Senate:
17th District – Beverly Hammerstrom (R) – 62.06%, Sharon LeMasters (D) – 37.94%
19th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 52.28%, Mark Schauer (D) – 47.72%

State Representative:
64th District – Clark Bisbee (R) – 64.06%, Robert McNitt (D) – 35.94%
65th District – Jerry Kratz (R) – 56.67%, Sharon Renier (D) – 43.33%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 57.50%, Sharon Renier (D) – 36.46%

State Representative:
64th District – Rick Baxter (R) – 49.81%, Martin J Griffin (D) – 48.87%
65th District – Leslie Mortimer (R) – 50.93%, Mike Simpson (D) – 49.07%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

JACKSON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 32066 (51.76%), Gore – 28160 (45.46%)
2004 – Bush – 40029 (55.75%), Kerry – 31025 (43.21%)

Blackman Township
2000 - 3249 (49.26%), 3202 (48.55%)
2004 – 4258 (54.69%), 3454 (44.37%)

Columbia Township
2000 - 2077 (55.67%), 1541 (41.30%)
2004 – 2532 (59.42%), 1693 (39.73%)

Concord Township
2000 - 713 (60.89%), 421 (35.95%)
2004 – 843 (62.72%), 483 (35.84%)

Grass Lake Township
2000 - 1242 (54.88%), 939 (41.49%)
2004 – 1684 (58.94%), 1132 (39.62%)

Hanover Township
2000 - 980 (58.51%), 665 (39.70%)
2004 – 1199 (61.17%), 749 (38.01%)

Henrietta Township
2000 - 927 (52.17%), 798 (44.91%)
2004 – 1196 (55.06%), 952 (43.83%)

Jackson City
2000 - 4259 (38.72%), 6431 (58.46%)
2004 – 5257 (41.93%), 7142 (56.97%)

Leoni Township
2000 - 2474 (46.58%), 2703 (50.89%)
2004 – 3216 (51.28%), 2971 (47.37%)

Liberty Township
2000 - 845 (59.17%), 546 (38.24%)
2004 – 1106 (64.04%), 610 (35.32%)

Napoleon Township
2000 - 1521 (49.30%), 1477 (47.88%)
2004 – 1893 (55.32%), 1484 (43.66%)

Norvell Township
2000 - 715 (50.39%), 661 (46.58%)
2004 – 962 (54.88%), 774 (44.15%)

Parma Township
2000 - 586 (51.22%), 497 (43.44%)
2004 – 714 (57.21%), 523 (41.91%)

Pulaski Township
2000 - 473 (58.18%), 313 (38.50%)
2004 – 635 (62.75%), 363 (35.87%)

Rives Township
2000 - 1229 (59.11%), 802 (38.58%)
2004 – 1464 (63.62%), 809 (35.16%)

Sandstone Township
2000 - 1023 (62.61%), 576 (35.25%)
2004 – 1293 (66.68%), 626 (32.28%)

Spring Arbor Township
2000 - 2262 (67.36%), 1032 (30.73%)
2004 – 2763 (70.77%), 1105 (28.30%)

Springport Township
2000 - 441 (55.13%), 330 (41.25%)
2004 – 577 (62.45%), 332 (35.93%)

Summit Township
2000 - 5800 (56.30%), 4180 (40.57%)
2004 – 6894 (59.56%), 4579 (39.56%)

Tompkins Township
2000 - 652 (56.40%), 485 (41.96%)
2004 – 772 (58.62%), 537 (40.77%)

Waterloo Township
2000 - 598 (49.46%), 561 (46.40%)
2004 – 771 (51.92%), 701 (47.21%)

President Bush made some major strides in Jackson County from 2000 to 2004, and flipped Leoni Township. He might have saved two competitive open state representative seats for us in 2004. Both of them were competitive after redistricting. The state senate redistricting benefitted the democrats here. Instead of the Hoffman seat which was solidly GOP, the district covers all of Calhoun County, and most of Jackson, but without solidly GOP Summit Township. I expect a lot of fights for the state representative and state senate seats in Jackson. All of them are competitive, as the county is as a whole in presidential and gubenatorial elections. Jackson leans slightly republican, but not by that much outside of Bush 2004.

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 238,603 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 84.57% White, 9.73% Black, .41% American Indian, 1.83% Asian, 1.27% Some other Race, 2.15% Two or more races, 2.64% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Kalamazoo (pop 77,145)

Kalamazoo is one of the two counties in West Michigan which lean democrat. It is a competitive county which is the home of Western Michigan University, which is one of the largest in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Fred Upton (R) – 6th District
State Senator:
20th District – Tom George (R)
State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – Kalamazoo, part of Kalamazoo Township, Cooper Township
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – Portage and Parchment Cities, part of Kalamazoo Township, Alamo, Ostemo, Prarie Ronde, and Texas Townships.
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – Galesburg City, Brady, Charleston, Climax, Comstock, Pavilion, Richland, Ross, Schoolcraft, and Wakeshma Townships.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.58%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.42%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.48%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.32%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 53.83%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.17%

Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.33%, Clarence Annan (D) - 31.51%

State Senator:
21st District – Dale Shugars (R) – 53.37%, Kristi Carambula (D) – 46.63%

State Representative:
60th District – Ed LaForge (D) – 63.54%, Gloria Jean Ham (R) – 36.43%
61st District – Charles Perricone (R) – 66.43%, Bob Goodwin (D) – 33.57%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roost (R) – 61.75%, Tom Cook (D) – 38.25%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 51.75%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 45.53%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.38%, James Bupp (D) – 30.62%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 66.50%, Gloria Krueger Ham (R) – 33.50%
61st District – Tom George (R) – 54.38%, Curtis Bell (D) – 44.32%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roest (R) – 58.61%, Tom Cook (D) – 39.25%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.29%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 46.54%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 58.28%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 39.48%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.49%, Gary Peters (D) – 45.95%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 56.66%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 41.72%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 67.40%, Gary C Giguere (D) – 31.34%

State Senate:
20th District – Tom George (R) – 56.44%, Ed La Forge (D) – 43.56%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 64.01%, Mark Liddle (R) – 35.99%
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – 56.53%, James Houston (D) – 43.47%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 61.21%, Judy Mackinder (R) – 38.79%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 62.10%, Scott Elliot (D) – 35.33%

State Representative:
60th District – Alexander Lipsey (D) – 68.48%, Nick Fedesna (R) – 31.52%
61st District – Jack Hoogendyk (R) – 54.89%, James Houston (D) – 45.11%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 58.02%, James Geary (D) – 41.98%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

KALAMAZOO COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 48254 (47.94%), Gore - 48807 (48.49%)
2004 – Bush – 57147 (47.71%), Kerry – 61472 (51.31%)

Alamo Township
2000 – 1152 (58.60%), 752 (38.25%)
2004 – 1288 (57.86%), 918 (41.24%)

Brady Township
2000 - 1165 (55.74%), 859 (41.10%)
2004 – 1441 (58.38%), 911 (41.00%)

Chareston Township
2000 - 472 (52.62%), 381 (42.47%)
2004 – 592 (57.70%), 419 (40.84%)

Climax Township
2000 - 600 (55.15%), 457 (42.00%)
2004 – 757 (59.09%), 509 (39.73%)

Comstock Township
2000 - 2996 (48.04%), 3074 (49.29%)
2004 – 3844 (50.33%), 3734 (48.89%)

Cooper Township
2000 - 2288 (53.20%), 1900 (44.18%)
2004 – 2825 (52.94%), 2462 (46.14%)

Galesburg City
2000 - 295 (45.88%), 327 (50.86%)
2004 – 365 (48.86%), 372 (49.80%)

Kalamazoo City
2000 - 8562 (34.72%), 14824 (60.11%)
2004 – 9378 (32.34%), 19377 (66.61%)

Kalamazoo Township
2000 - 3983 (42.08%), 5145 (54.35%)
2004 – 4405 (41.26%), 6165 (57.74%)

Oshtemo Township
2000 - 3830 (49.92%), 3598 (46.89%)
2004 – 4703 (48.71%), 4850 (50.23%)

Parchment City
2000 - 450 (48.54%), 455 (49.08%)
2004 – 516 (51.34%), 482 (47.96%)

Pavilion Township
2000 - 1273 (53.35%), 1045 (43.80%)
2004 – 1643 (53.24%), 1412 (45.76%)

Portage City
2000 - 11124 (52.45%), 9422 (44.43%)
2004 – 13115 (52.62%), 11597 (46.53%)

Prairie Ronde Township
2000 - 662 (63.11%), 359 (34.22%)
2004 – 848 (64.78%), 456 (34.84%)

Richland Township
2000 - 2002 (57.23%), 1404 (40.14%)
2004 – 2354 (56.93%), 1730 (41.84%)

Ross Township
2000 - 1611 (58.60%), 1040 (37.83%)
2004 – 1900 (60.86%), 1197 (38.34%)

Schoolcraft Township
2000 - 1848 (54.76%), 1423 (42.16%)
2004 – 2288 (57.47%), 1652 (41.50%)

Texas Township
2000 - 3592 (61.26%), 2134 (36.39%)
2004 – 4509 (60.22%), 2919 (38.99%)

Wakeshma Township
2000 - 349 (60.28%), 208 (35.92%)
2004 – 406 (63.54%), 221 (34.59%)

Kalamazoo County has taken a bit of a democrat turn in the last few years. Much of that I suspect has to do with Western Michigan University’s influence, although democrats have done well here in the past. Howard Wolpe won here as a congressman back in the 1980’s before redistricting took away Battle Creek. In 2004, Bush gained 9000 votes, but Kerry gained 13,000, most of it in the city of Kalamazoo. Parchment and Comstock Township(eastern suburb of Kalamazoo) flipped to Bush, and Oshtemo Township(West of WMU) flipped to Kerry. Hoogendyk’s seat may be competitve if Oshtemo or his portion of Kalamazoo Township becomes more democrat or if Portage flips. I expect this county to still be competitive, but with a slight democrat lean in the next few elections. Redistricting only made minor changes to the districts.

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 16,571 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.54% White, .21% Black, .78% American Indian, .22% Asian, .10% Some other Race, 1.10% Two or more races, .86% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Kalkaska (pop 2,226)

Kalkaska County is a rural county in Northern Michigan between Traverse City and Grayling. It strongly leans GOP. It is infamously known as the school district which closed its doors in March back in 1993, before Proposal A was passed.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.11%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.89%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.68%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.11%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 52.68%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.32%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 51.87%, Michelle McManus (R) - 46.85%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 62.30%, Joel Casler (D) – 37.70%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 63.93%, Elaine Felts (D) – 36.07%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.35%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.85%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 49.61%, Chuck Yob (R) – 49.50%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 64.13%, Tony Hefner (D) – 35.87%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 56.62%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.02%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.80%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.24%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 60.33%, Gary Peters (D) – 37.93%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 53.95%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 44.45%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 66.17%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 32.26%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 61.19%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 36.90%

State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R) – 58.25%, Joel Casler (D) – 39.80%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.10%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 32.09%

State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R) – 65.07%, Tom Karas (D) – 34.93%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

KALKASKA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 3842 (56.10%), Gore – 2774 (40.50%)
2004 – Bush – 5084 (60.67%), Kerry – 3189 (38.05%)

Bear Lake Township
2000 - 186 (48.56%), 186 (48.56%)
2004 – 238 (55.22%), 187 (43.39%)

Blue Lake Township
2000 – 156 (55.12%), 115 (40.64%)
2004 – 165 (58.72%), 110 (39.15%)

Boardman Township
2000 - 286 (58.49%), 183 (37.42%)
2004 – 414 (63.40%), 234 (35.83%)

Clearwater Township
2000 - 631 (56.90%), 416 (37.51%)
2004 – 784 (60.68%), 481 (37.09%)

Cold Springs Township
2000 - 375 (54.82%), 289 (42.25%)
2004 – 475 (59.75%), 311 (39.12%)

Excelsior Township
2000 - 183 (53.67%), 143 (41.94%)
2004 – 254 (57.99%), 183 (41.78%)

Garfield Township
2000 - 181 (49.73%), 172 (47.25%)
2004 – 259 (56.67%), 198 (43.33%)

Kalkaska Township
2000 - 1071 (58.68%), 709 (38.85%)
2004 – 1320 (61.51%), 804 (37.47%)

Oliver Township
2000 - 84 (56.00%), 64 (42.67%)
2004 – 101 (63.52%), 57 (35.85%)

Orange Township
2000 - 266 (65.52%), 131 (32.27%)
2004 – 409 (70.40%), 164 (28.23%)

Rapid River township
2000 - 197 (56.61%), 139 (39.94%)
2004 – 311 (61.71%), 184 (36.51%)

Springfield Township
2000 - 226 (48.39%), 227 (48.61%)
2004 – 358 (55.50%), 276 (42.79%)

Kalkaska County took a strong right shift in 2004, although it has always been conservative. The gain here was on par with the gains in rural Southern Michigan. Redistricting helped the GOP here, as Kalkaska was moved from Stupak’s UP based district to Dave Camp’s Midland based district. The State Senate district was still Traverse City based, and the county moved to a Traverse City state representative district as well. Bear Lake and Springfield townships were pickups for Bush. Bear Lake is working class area west of Grayling and heavily rural and outdoors based. Springfield Township is in the Southwestern most part of the county.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Kent County

Kent County:
Location – West Michigan, Grand Rapids area
Population – 574,335 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 83.13% White, 8.93% Black, .52% American Indian, 1.86% Asian, 3.34% Some other Race, 2.16% Two or more races, 7.00% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Grand Rapids (pop 197,800)

Kent County is the 4th largest county in the state, and is the largest outside of the Detroit Area.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – Alpine, Sparta, and Tyrone Townships, part of Solon Township
3rd District – Vern Ehlers (R) – Rest of County

State Senators:
28th District – Ken Sikkema (R) – Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Bowne, Byron, Caledonia, Cannon, Courtland, Gaines, Grand Rapids, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Spencer, and Tyrone Townships. Cedar Springs, East Grand Rapids, Rockford, Walker, and Wyoming Cities.
29th District – Bill Hardiman (R) – Cascade, Grattan, Lowell, and Vergennes Townships. Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Kentwood cities.
30th District – Grandville City and Sparta Township.

State Representative:
72nd District – Glenn Steil Jr (R) – Caledonia, Cascade, and Gaines Townships, Kentwood City.
73rd District – Tom Pearce (R) – Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, and Tyrone Townships. Cedar Springs and Rockford townships.
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – Alpine Township and Grandville City.
75th District – Jerry Kooiman (R) – Part of Grand Rapids
76th District – Michael Sak (D) – Part of Grand Rapids
77th District – Kevin Green (R) – Byron Township, Wyoming City
86th District – Dave Hildenbrand (R) – Ada, Bowne, Grand Rapids, Grattan, Lowell, and Vergennes Townships. East Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Walker Cities, part of Grand Rapids City.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 76.58%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 23.42%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 78.50%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 20.40%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 62.98%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 37.04%

Congress:
3rd District – Vern Ehlers (R) – 73.60%, John Ferguson (D) - 24.16%

State Senators:
30th District – Glenn Steil Sr (R) – 62.48%, Carol Hennessy (D) – 37.52%
31st District – Ken Sikkema (R) – 79.93%, Jason Robert May (D) – 20.07%

State Representative:
72nd District – Mark Jansen (R) – 77.27%, Judy Crandall (D) – 22.73%
73rd District – Doug Hart (R) – 74.82%, Dennis Brown (D) – 25.18%
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 71.34%, Bonnie Reffitt (R) – 28.66%
75th District – William Byl (R) – 63.30%, Janice Hanley (D) – 36.70%
76th District – Steve Pestka (D) – 54.47%, James Kozak (R) – 45.53%
77th District – Joanne Voorhees (R) – 60.00%, Karl Holzhueter (D) – 38.10%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 61.21%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 36.57%
Congress:
3rd District – Vern Ehlers (R) – 65.15%, Timothy Steele (D) – 32.96%

State Representative:
72nd District – Mark Jansen (R) – 73.58%, Christopher Vogt (D) – 26.42%
73rd District – Doug Hart (R) – 71.47%, Dennis Brown (D) – 28.53%
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 68.05%, Alton Nielsen (D) - 28.74%
75th District – Jerry Kooiman (R) – 53.45%, Janice Hanley (D) – 46.55%
76th District – Steve Pestka (D) – 65.96%, Patrick Miller (R) – 31.54%
77th District – Joanne Voorhees (R) – 59.93%, Levi Rickert (D) – 40.07%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 60.63%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 38.53%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 69.88%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 28.44%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 62.67%, Gary Peters (D) – 35.20%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 51.83%, Carl Levin (D) – 46.90%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 70.46%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 26.88%
3rd District – Vern Ehlers (R) – 70.86%, Kathryn Lynnes (D) – 27.49%

State Senate:
28th District – Ken Sikkema (R) – 73.15%, Michelle Berry (D) – 25.48%
29th District – Bill Hardiman (R) – 53.82%, Steve Pestka (D) – 44.74%
30th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 72.29%, John O’Brien (D) – 25.85%

State Representative:
72nd District – Glenn Steil Jr (R) – 72.76%, Christopher Vogt (D) – 25.26%
73rd District – Doug Hart (R) – 69.94%, Fred Clowney (D) – 28.26%
74th District – Willam Van Regenmorter (R) – 71.80%, Beverly Barringer (D) – 26.61%
75th District – Jerry Kooiman (R) – 53.85%, Peter Van Meulen (D) – 44.71%
76th District – Michael Sak (D) – 60.70%, Mark Kubik (R) – 37.21%
77th District – Joanne Voorhees (R) – 70.66%, Virginia Smith (D) – 27.60%
86th District – James Koetje (R) – 68.94%, James McDonald (D) – 28.99%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 68.82% vs Kimon Kotos (D) – 28.65%
3rd District – Vern Ehlers (R) – 66.60%, Peter Hickey (D) – 31.59%

State Representative:
72nd District – Glenn Steil Jr (R) – 68.42%, Thomas Burke (D) – 30.00%
73rd District – Tom Pearce (R) – 68.04%, Fred Clowney (D) – 29.67%
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 67.87%, Dawn Sloboda (D) – 30.36%
75th District – Jerry Kooiman (R) – 52.22%, Christopher Vogt (D) – 47.78%
76th District – Michael Sak (D) – 67.42%, Holly Zuidema (R) – 30.77%
77th District – Kevin Green (R) – 66.10%, Albert Abassee (D) – 28.96%
86th District – Dave Hildenbrand (R) – 67.18%, James Turner (D) - 31.00%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

KENT COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 148602 (59.36%), Gore – 95442 (38.13%)
2004 – Bush – 171201 (58.85%), Kerry – 116909 (40.19%)

Ada Township
2000 - 3909 (68.59%), 1658 (29.09%)
2004 – 4933 (69.07%), 2157 (30.20%)

Algoma Township
2000 - 2426 (68.85%), 1130 (31.14%)
2004 – 3455 (68.08%), 1577 (31.07%)

Alpine Township
2000 - 3321 (57.79%), 2252 (39.19%)
2004 – 3722 (57.74%), 2658 (41.23%)

Bowne Township
2000 - 1108 (75.99%), 330 (22.63%)
2004 – 1327 (76.57%), 387 (22.33%)

Byron Township
2000 - 6518 (77.71%), 1777 (21.19%)
2004 – 8086 (77.71%), 2264 (21.76%)

Caledonia Township
2000 - 3626 (72.67%), 1239 (24.83%)
2004 – 4662 (74.26%), 1570 (25.01%)

Cannon Township
2000 - 4621 (70.65%), 1797 (27.47%)
2004 – 5572 (70.80%), 2222 (28.23%)

Cascade Township
2000 – 6523 (71.34%), 2449 (26.48%)
2004 – 7254 (69.11%), 3160 (30.11%)

Cedar Springs City
2000 - 563 (56.41%), 403 (40.38%)
2004 – 764 (62.47%), 446 (36.47%)

Courtland Township
2000 - 2004 (68.09%), 849 (28.85%)
2004 – 2667 (69.51%), 1132 (29.50%)

East Grand Rapids City
2000 - 3865 (59.25%), 2494 (38.23%)
2004 – 3807 (54.68%), 3107 (44.63%)

Gaines Township
2000 - 6690 (72.63%), 2376 (25.80%)
2004 – 8110 (71.19%), 3202 (28.11%)

Grand Rapids City
2000 - 34328 (46.54%), 37187 (50.42%)
2004 – 36115 (43.615), 45794 (55.30%)

Grand Rapids Township
2000 - 5370 (67.42%), 2433 (30.55%)
2004 – 6349 (66.76%), 3077 (32.36%)

Grandville City
2000 - 6094 (72.78%), 2106 (25.15%)
2004 – 6537 (72.54%), 2397 (26.60%)

Grattan Township
2000 - 1174 (63.94%), 606 (33.01%)
2004 – 1357 (63.68%), 756 (35.48%)

Kentwood City
2000 - 11857 (60.81%), 7195 (36.90%)
2004 – 13014 (58.27%), 9126 (40.86%)

Lowell City
2000 - 866 (56.23%), 632 (41.04%)
2004 – 1072 (59.59%), 701 (38.97%)

Lowell Township
2000 - 1552 (63.42%), 833 (34.04%)
2004 – 1885 (63.64%), 1047 (35.35%)

Nelson Township
2000 - 1054 (61.57%), 605 (35.34%)
2004 – 1370 (62.39%), 797 (36.29%)

Oakfield Township
2000 - 1354 (57.84%), 909 (38.83%)
2004 – 1763 (61.71%), 1060 (37.10%)

Plainfield Township
2000 – 9274 (60.56%), 5602 (36.58%)
2004 – 11130 (63.30%), 6265 (35.63%)

Rockford City
2000 - 1383 (62.10%), 791 (35.52%)
2004 – 1708 (62.45%), 1002 (36.64%)

Solon Township
2000 - 1223 (60.88%), 736 (36.64%)
2004 – 1703 (63.90%), 937 (35.16%)

Sparta Township
2000 - 2352 (63.66%), 1264 (34.05%)
2004 – 2686 (63.42%), 1488 (35.14%)

Spencer Township
2000 - 892 (57.59%), 621 (40.09%)
2004 – 1039 (55.62%), 803 (42.99%)

Tyrone Township
2000 - 1162 (64.41%), 611 (33.87%)
2004 – 1384 (67.25%), 654 (31.78%)

Vergennes Township
2000 - 1279 (69.17%), 522 (28.23%)
2004 – 1640 (70.30%), 672 (28.80%)

Walker City
2000 - 6249 (61.82%), 3623 (35.84%)
2004 – 7528 (62.07%), 4472 (36.87%)

Wyoming City
2000 - 15965 (59.15%), 10412 (38.58%)
2004 – 18524 (60.18%), 11979 (38.92%)


Kent County is a solid GOP county, although it took a slight democrat turn in 2004 due to major democrat gains in the heavily minority (35%+) City of Grand Rapids. I suspect Iraq hurt Bush here among many Christians as well as there’s a pacifist streak here. East Grand Rapids is a rich suburb, and followed a similar pattern across the country where the most affluent tilted more democrat. Jerry Kooiman’s seat is going to be very competitive in 2006. He’s term limited out, and John Kerry won that district. Sak’s seat is not impossible, but a major longshot for the GOP. Bill Hardiman’s state senate seat is competitive and marginally GOP. The rest of the districts are solid GOP.

Keweenaw County

Keweenaw County:
Location – Upper Penninsula
Population – 2,301 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 94.96% White, 3.52% Black, .13% American Indian, .13% Asian, .17% Some other Race, 1.09% Two or more races, .78% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Eagle River (unincorporated area)

Keweenaw County is the northernmost and smallest county in the state. It is the home of Isle Royale National Park, and Copper Harbor on Lake Superior.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D)
State Senators:
38th District – Michael Prusi (D)
State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 56.26%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 43.74%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 67.92%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 30.09%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.35%, John Smietanka (R) – 47.65%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 60.59%, Michelle McManus (R) - 35.32%

State Senators:
38th District – Don Koivisto (D) – 74.36%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 22.98%

State Representative:
110th District – Paul Tesanovich (D) – 74.65%, Luke Gunderman (R) – 21.20%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.78%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 43.39%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 58.50%, Chuck Yob (R) – 39.85%

State Representative:
110th District – Gregg Nominelli (R) – 57.03%, Rich Brown (D) – 42.97%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 52.00%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.99%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 58.40%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.15%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.15%, Gary Peters (D) – 45.05%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 60.80%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 36.71%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) - 65.78%, Don Hooper (R) – 32.61%

State Senate:
38th District – Michael Prusi (D) – 53.92%, David Schoenow (R) – 46.08%

State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 61.23%, Barry Fay (R) – 38.77%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 65.42%, Don Hooper (R) – 32.53%

State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 62.19%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 28.37%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

KEWEENAW COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 740 (55.10%), Gore – 540 (40.21%)
2004 – Bush – 781 (54.27%), Kerry – 630 (43.78%)

Allouez Township
2000 - 429 (50.71%), 376 (44.44%)
2004 – 475 (51.46%), 430 (46.59%)

Eagle Harbor Township
2000 - 134 (62.33%), 76 (35.35%)
2004 – 144 (62.34%), 84 (36.36%)

Grant Township
2000 - 99 (60.74%), 49 (30.06%)
2004 – 92 (55.76%), 69 (41.82%)

Houghton Township
2000 – 54 (65.85%), 27 (32.93%)
2004 – 48 (61.54%), 27 (34.62%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 24 (64.86%), 12 (32.43%)
2004 – 22 (52.38%), 20 (47.62%)

Keweenaw County is the northernmost county and votes similar to the rest of the UP. This is one of the few counties where John Kerry improved over Gore, although Bush still won it.

Lake County

Lake County:
Location – West/Northwest Michigan
Population – 11,333 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 84.66% White, 11.17% Black, 1.01% American Indian, .15% Asian, .57% Some other Race, 2.40% Two or more races, 1.69% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Baldwin (pop 1107)

Lake County is one of the few Democrat leaning counties in Western Michigan (Muskegon and Kalamazoo are the others). It is also one of the most economically depressed counties in the state. It’s small enough where it does not affect most of the districts.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
100th District – Goeff Hansen (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 53.49%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 46.51%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 59.75%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 39.07%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 59.05%, John Smietanka (R) – 40.95%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 49.91%, Bob Shrauger (D) - 47.85%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 54.75%, Brian Baldwin (D) – 45.25%

State Representative:
100th District – Glenn Perley (D) – 55.63%, M. Pumford (R) – 44.37%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Debbie Stabenow (D) – 50.12%, Spence Abraham (R) – 46.17%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 49.14%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 46.90%

State Representative:
100th District – Cheryl Sterling (D) – 52.67%, M. Pumford (R) – 47.33%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.24%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 45.84%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 52.61%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 44.17%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 50.28%, Mike Cox (R) – 46.58%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 66.20%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 31.96%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) - 56.12%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 40.62%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 51.55%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 45.63%

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 50.32%, Don Sterling (D) – 49.68%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 57.43%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 40.10%

State Representative:
100th District – Ronald Griffin (D) – 52.60%, Goeff Hansen (R) – 47.40%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

LAKE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 1961 (41.79%), Gore - 2584 (55.06%)
2004 – Bush – 2502 (47.70%), Kerry – 2675 (51.00%)

Chase Township
2000 - 278 (56.85%), 189 (38.65%)
2004 – 350 (60.45%), 224 (38.59%)

Cherry Valley Township
2000 - 84 (45.41%), 96 (51.89%)
2004 – 101 (53.16%), 87 (45.79%)

Dover Township
2000 - 77 (49.68%), 77 (49.68%)
2004 – 114 (56.44%), 87 (43.07%)

Eden Township
2000 - 59 (38.56%), 88 (57.52%)
2004 – 75 (42.86%), 100 (57.14%)

Elk Township
2000 - 233 (46.23%), 260 (51.59%)
2004 – 284 (49.65%), 280 (48.95%)

Ellsworth Township
2000 - 148 (48.21%), 150 (48.86%)
2004 – 205 (53.66%), 168 (43.98%)

Lake Township
2000 - 206 (45.18%), 229 (50.22%)
2004 – 241 (49.69%), 238 (49.07%)

Newkirk township
2000 - 97 (38.96%), 147 (59.04%)
2004 – 136 (44.74%), 159 (52.30%)

Peacock Township
2000 - 87 (41.43%), 121 (57.62%)
2004 – 102 (45.13%), 122 (53.98%)

Pinora Township
2000 - 141 (52.61%), 118 (44.03%)
2004 – 194 (58.43%), 133 (40.06%)

Pleasant Plains Township
2000 - 201 (34.42%), 362 (61.99%)
2004 – 242 (39.35%), 365 (59.35%)

Sauble Township
2000 - 93 (43.46%), 114 (53.27%)
2004 – 113 (54.33%), 92 (44.23%)

Sweetwater Township
2000 - 51 (44.35%), 59 (51.30%)
2004 – 77 (61.11%), 48 (38.10%)

Webber Township
2000 - 155 (31.50%), 324 (65.85%)
2004 – 205 (39.27%), 313 (59.95%)

Yates Township
2000 - 51 (16.61%), 250 (81.43%)
2004 – 63 (19.27%), 259 (79.20%)

Lake County is one of the few Democrat Counties in Western Michigan, and the only one in Northwest Michigan. It is also one of the smallest counties in the state. President Bush lost the county twice, but improved immensely there in 2004.

Lapeer County

Lapeer County:
Location – Thumb
Population – 87,904 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.17% White, .82% Black, .38% American Indian, .39% Asian, 1.07% Some other Race, 1.16% Two or more races, 3.11% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Lapeer (pop 9072)

Lapeer County is in the SW portion of the thumb. It is East of Flint and West of Port Huron, and is north of Oakland County. It is largely rural, but becoming more exurban as people move from Oakland and Genesee Counties. It was recently a competitive county, but is becoming solidly republican.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
10th District – Candice Miller (R)
State Senators:
25th District – Jud Gilbert (R)
State Representative:
82nd District – John Stahl (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R), – 65.62%Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 34.38%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 72.76%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 25.16%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 53.45%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.55%

Congress:
5th District – Jim Barcia (D) – 57.95%, Donald Brewster (R) – 38.23%
9th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 50.73%, Tom McMillan (R) – 46.61%

State Senators:
27th District – Dan DeGrow (R) – 65.92%, Dan Bewersdorff (D) – 34.08%

State Representative:
82nd District – Jud Gilbert (R) – 61.18%, Pamela Wall (D) – 38.82%
83rd District – Stephen Ehardt (R) – 55.38%, John Espinoza (D) – 44.62%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 55.66%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 40.58%
Congress:
5th District – Jim Barcia (D) – 61.78%, Ronald Actis (R) – 34.43%
9th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 54.15%, Grant Garrett (R) – 42.83%

State Representative:
82nd District – Jud Gilbert (R) – 57.70%, Mike Delling (D) – 42.30%
83rd District – Stephen Ehardt (R) – 58.73%, Donna Grant (D) – 41.27%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 58.98%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 39.40%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 62.25%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 35.26%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 58.23%, Gary Peters (D) – 38.88%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 51.63%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 46.38%
Congress:
10th District – Candice Miller (R) - 64.21%, Carl Marlinga (D) – 34.19%

State Senate:
25th District – Jud Gilbert (R) – 60.23%, Thomas Hamilton (D) – 39.77%

State Representative:
82nd District – John Stahl (R) – 58.99%, Eric Knuth (D) – 36.86%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
10th District – Candice Miller (R) – 67.84%, Rob Casey (D) – 30.26%

State Representative:
82nd District – John Stahl (R) – 57.79%, David Okasinski (D) – 38.57%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

LAPEER COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 20351 (54.66%), Gore – 15749 (42.30%)
2004 – Bush – 25556 (57.89%), Kerry – 18086 (40.97%)

Almont Township
2000 - 1455 (57.62%), 1002 (39.68%)
2004 – 1945 (61.20%), 1195 (37.60%)

Arcadia Township
2000 - 767 (57.03%), 539 (40.07%)
2004 – 979 (59.73%), 643 (39.23%)

Attica Township
2000 - 1118 (55.43%), 826 (40.95%)
2004 – 1416 (58.68%), 955 (39.58%)

Burlington Township
2000 - 336 (59.79%), 211 (37.54%)
2004 – 398 (62.19%), 232 (36.25%)

Burnside Township
2000 - 500 (66.93%), 217 (29.05%)
2004 – 634 (68.39%), 278 (29.99%)

Deerfield Township
2000 - 1182 (52.00%), 1018 (44.79%)
2004 – 1552 (54.57%), 1227 (43.99%)

Dryden Township
2000 - 1439 (62.27%), 805 (34.83%)
2004 – 1777 (63.74%), 983 (35.26%)

Elba Township
2000 - 1338 (52.14%), 1141 (44.47%)
2004 – 1739 (57.41%), 1262 (41.66%)

Goodland Township
2000 - 457 (63.38%), 236 (32.73%)
2004 – 611 (64.18%), 327 (34.35%)

Hadley Township
2000 - 1317 (56.91%), 917 (39.63%)
2004 – 1613 (61.59%), 974 (37.19%)

Imlay City
2000 - 667 (55.35%), 511 (42.41%)
2004 – 733 (55.24%), 578 (43.56%)

Imlay Township
2000 - 667 (60.14%), 409 (36.88%)
2004 – 864 (64.00%), 468 (34.67%)

Lapeer City
2000 - 1399 (49.38%), 1364 (48.15%)
2004 – 1699 (52.44%), 1505 (46.45%)

Lapeer Township
2000 - 1347 (55.45%), 1003 (41.29%)
2004 – 1683 (59.77%), 1110 (39.42%)

Marathon Township
2000 - 805 (41.30%), 1071 (54.95%)
2004 – 1014 (43.48%), 1318 (55.05%)

Mayfield Township
2000 - 1789 (51.41%), 1595 (45.83%)
2004 – 2246 (56.02%), 1725 (43.03%)

Metamora Township
2000 -1280 (60.32%), 792 (37.32%)
2004 –1571 (64.70%), 832 (34.27%)

North Branch Township
2000 - 722 (54.82%), 553 (41.99%)
2004 – 957 (58.04%), 682 (41.36%)

Oregon Township
2000 - 1355 (49.18%), 1318 (47.84%)
2004 – 1668 (51.61%), 1537 (47.56%)

Rich Township
2000 - 340 (58.52%), 221 (38.04%)
2004 – 460 (63.19%), 255 (35.03%)

Hadley, Metamora, Dryden, and Almont border Oakland County. Marathon Township is in the NW corner and borders Tuscola and Genesee Counties. I don’t know why that is so much democrat.

Lapeer took a strong GOP shift in 2004, and grew enough to that redistricting gave them their own state rep district in 2002. It also placed the whole county in a congressional district, instead of being split between a Flint and Bay City/thumb district.

Leelanau County

Leelanau County:
Location – Northwestern Lower Michigan
Population – 21,119 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 93.52% White, .25% Black, 3.66% American Indian, .24% Asian, 1.34% Some other Race, .97% Two or more races, 3.29% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Leland (unincorporated), soon to be moved to Suttons Bay (pop 2982)

Leelanau County is north of Traverse City and is a penninsula between Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay. It is the home of many of Michigan’s wineries, and is the location of many vacation homes on the coast. It leans Republican, but has become less republican over the last few years.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrok (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 70.86%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 29.14%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 77.02%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 21.89%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 57.37%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.63%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 50.10%, Michelle McManus (R) – 48.30%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 66.97%, Joel Casler (D) – 33.03%

State Representative:
104th District – Jason Allen (R) – 61.67%, Jane Hayes (D) – 38.33%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.80%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.14%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 50.92%, Chuck Yob (R) – 47.83%

State Representative:
104th District – Jason Allen (R) – 69.97%, Ian Whitney (D) – 30.03%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 55.71%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.95%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 66.85%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 29.92%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 59.86%, Gary Peters (D) – 36.68%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 52.32%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 45.93%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) - 66.67%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.38%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 59.79%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 36.79%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 61.93%, Nick Krieger (D) – 38.07%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 63.97%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 34.92%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 59.03%, Rick Gebhard (D) – 40.97%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

LEELANAU COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6840 (56.96%), Gore – 4635 (38.60%)
2004 – Bush – 7733 (55.57%), Kerry – 6048 (43.46%)

Bingham Township
2000 - 872 (61.67%), 487 (34.44%)
2004 – 985 (60.24%), 630 (38.53%)

Centerville Township
2000 - 308 (51.42%), 264 (44.07%)
2004 – 382 (52.84%), 335 (46.33%)

Cleveland Township
2000 - 326 (53.80%), 253 (41.75%)
2004 – 333 (48.61%), 349 (50.95%)

Elmwood Township
2000 - 1438 (58.10%), 941 (38.02%)
2004 – 1761 (59.47%), 1174 (39.65%)

Empire Township
2000 - 365 (50.14%), 309 (42.45%)
2004 – 407 (47.05%), 446 (51.53%)

Glen Arbor Township
2000 - 391 (63.27%), 209 (33.82%)
2004 – 374 (55.90%), 288 (43.05%)

Kasson Township
2000 - 379 (51.63%), 318 (43.32%)
2004 – 434 (53.12%), 370 (45.29%)

Leelanau Township
2000 – 709 (54.50%), 536 (41.20%)
2004 – 736 (49.46%), 740 (49.73%)

Leland Township
2000 - 742 (61.53%), 406 (33.67%)
2004 – 831 (60.70%), 531 (38.79%)

Solon Township
2000 - 470 (56.97%), 318 (38.55%)
2004 – 554 (58.32%), 390 (41.05%)

Suttons Bay Township
2000 - 818 (56.07%), 577 (39.55%)
2004 – 906 (53.61%), 769 (45.50%)

Traverse City (part)
2000 - 22 (55.00%), 17 (42.50%)
2004 – 30 (53.57%), 26 (46.43%)

Leelanau County is one of the few counties in the state where Kerry gained over Gore’s numbers in 2000. Kerry flipped three townships which Bush won in 2000. Redistricting placed Leelanau in Camp’s Midland based district instead of Stupak’s UP based district. It also was moved from a Grand Traverse County based state representative district to a coastal based district that stretches from Manistee county to Leelanau County.

Lenawee County

Lenawee County:
Location – Southern Michigan
Population – 100,786 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 92.51% White, 2.12% Black, .41% American Indian, .46% Asian, 3.01% Some other Race, 1.49% Two or more races, 6.96% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Adrian (pop 21,574)

Lenawee County is in Southern Michigan on the Ohio border. It is a large mostly rural county between Hillsdale and Monroe. It is the home of Michigan International Speedway which is just South of Brooklyn which is on the Jackson/Lenawee County border.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R)
State Senators:
16th District – Cameron Brown (R)
State Representative:
57th District – Most of the County – Dudley Spade (D)
65th District – Cambridge Township – Leslie Mortimer (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.35%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.65%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.07%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.61%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 52.57%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.43%

Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 49.72%, Jim Berryman (D) – 48.82%

State Senators:
17th District – Beverly Hammerstrom (R) – 54.91%, Lynn Owen (D) – 45.01%

State Representative:
55th District – Gene DeRossett (R) – 68.28%, Donald Earhart (D) – 68.28%
57th District – Doug Spade (D) – 50.42%, Richard Bailey (R) – 49.58%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.23%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.16%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 59.60%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 37.17%

State Representative:
55th District – Gene DeRossett (R) – 63.52%, Kenneth Paperhagen (D) – 36.48%
57th District – Doug Spade (D) – 73.69%, Fred Gallagher (R) – 26.31%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 51.86%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.13%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 58.02%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 40.12%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 53.70%, Gary Peters (D) – 43.44%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 55.15%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 43.39%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) - 57.55%, Mike Simpson (D) – 40.94%

State Senate:
16th District – Dudley Spade (D) – 53.20%, Cameron Brown (R) – 46.80%

State Representative:
57th District – Doug Spade (D) – 69.43%, Fred Gallagher (R) – 30.57%
65th District – Jerry Kratz (R) – 54.51%, Sharon Renier (D) – 45.49%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 53.19%, Sharon Renier (D) – 38.96%

State Representative:
57th District – Dudley Spade (D) – 58.81%, David Abraham (R) – 41.19%
65th District – Mike Simpson (D) – 50.29%, Leslie Mortimer (R) – 49.71%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.

LENAWEE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 20681 (51.58%), Gore – 18365 (45.81%)
2004 – Bush – 25675 (54.61%), Kerry – 20787 (44.22%)

Adrian City
2000 - 2986 (42.71%), 3807 (54.45%)
2004 – 3525 (44.95%), 4226 (53.89%)

Adrian Township
2000 - 1625 (56.03%), 1216 (41.93%)
2004 – 2032 (59.45%), 1342 (39.26%)

Blissfield Township
2000 - 1020 (56.86%), 730 (40.69%)
2004 – 1207 (59.72%), 798 (39.49%)

Cambridge Township
2000 - 1360 (51.48%), 1195 (45.23%)
2004 – 1813 (57.39%), 1304 (41.28%)

Clinton Township
2000 - 772 (47.80%), 797 (49.35%)
2004 – 984 (53.16%), 836 (45.16%)

Deerfield Township
2000 - 340 (50.07%), 317 (46.69%)
2004 – 411 (53.52%), 347 (45.18%)

Dover Township
2000 - 400 (55.02%), 295 (40.58%)
2004 – 466 (56.90%), 339 (41.39%)

Fairfield Township
2000 – 400 (56.98%), 288 (41.03%)
2004 – 456 (55.41%), 355 (43.13%)

Franklin Township
2000 - 738 (55.32%), 572 (42.88%)
2004 – 892 (57.22%), 657 (42.14%)

Hudson City
2000 - 451 (53.82%), 367 (43.79%)
2004 – 524 (58.22%), 367 (40.78%)

Hudson Township
2000 - 360 (55.64%), 267 (41.27%)
2004 – 418 (54.93%), 333 (43.76%)

Macon Township
2000 - 440 (59.38%), 283 (38.19%)
2004 – 525 (61.69%), 311 (36.55%)

Madison Township
2000 - 1241 (51.43%), 1117 (46.29%)
2004 – 1624 (56.04%), 1251 (43.17%)

Medina Township
2000 - 296 (63.66%), 162 (34.84%)
2004 – 332 (60.25%), 212 (38.48%)

Morenci City
2000 - 454 (52.18%), 401 (46.09%)
2004 – 542 (55.76%), 423 (43.52%)

Ogden Township
2000 - 314 (65.83%), 160 (33.54%)
2004 – 363 (64.25%), 201 (35.58%)

Palmyra Township
2000 - 531 (52.47%), 461 (45.55%)
2004 – 588 (54.19%), 483 (44.52%)

Raisin Township
2000 - 1441 (50.35%), 1334 (46.61%)
2004 – 2076 (55.02%), 1655 (43.86%)

Ridgeway Township
2000 - 358 (54.16%), 282 (42.66%)
2004 – 497 (61.36%), 303 (37.41%)

Riga Township
2000 - 403 (62.38%), 229 (35.45%)
2004 – 508 (63.42%), 284 (35.46%)

Rollin Township
2000 - 817 (55.65%), 614 (41.83%)
2004 – 941 (57.31%), 683 (41.60%)

Rome Township
2000 - 431 (58.01%), 295 (39.70%)
2004 – 551 (60.62%), 348 (38.28%)

Seneca Township
2000 - 271 (55.99%), 205 (42.36%)
2004 – 331 (57.47%), 240 (41.67%)

Tecumseh City
2000 - 1925 (49.64%), 1844 (47.55%)
2004 – 2410 (52.22%), 2153 (46.65%)

Tecumseh Township
2000 - 541 (54.92%), 413 (41.93%)
2004 – 689 (58.29%), 481 (40.69%)

Woodstock Township
2000 - 763 (50.26%), 714 (47.04%)
2004 – 970 (55.37%), 755 (43.09%)


Lenawee County is a competitive county is most elections. It is very socially conservative (The Spades are pro-life and somewhat pro-2a), but fiscally more moderate and populist. Third parties won over 10% of the vote in the 04 Congressional election here. President Bush improved heavily here in 2004 over his 2000 numbers. Adrian tilts democrat, but the rest of the county is more Republican.

Redistricting took Macon Township from the Washtenaw County based DeRossett district and placed it in the Adrian based district, and took Cambridge Township and placed it in the Jackson County based district. It also moved the state senate district from a Monroe County based district to a South Central Michigan based district.

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Saginaw County

Saginaw County:
Location – Saginaw/Bay/Midland/Flint area
Population – 210,039 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 75.33% White, 18.62% Black, .41% American Indian, .80% Asian, 2.88% Some other Race, 1.95% Two or more races, 6.70% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Saginaw (pop 59,045)

Saginaw County is a UAW and GM county, as is nearby Flint and Bay City. As such, it is a base county for the democrats.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – Albee, Brady, Brant, Bridgeport, Carrollton, Chapin, Cheasaning, Fremont, James, Jonesfield, Kochville, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion, Richland, Saginaw, Spaulding, St Charles, Swan Creek, Taymouth, Thomas, and Tittabawassee townships. City of Zilwaukee (part).

5th District – Dale Kildee (D) – Birch Run, Blumfield, Buena Vista, Frankenmuth, and Zilwaukee townships. Cities of Frankenmuth and Saginaw. Part of the City of Zilwaukee.

State Senators:
32nd District – Mike Goschka (R)

State Representative:
94th District – Roger Kahn (R) – Albee, Birchrun, Blumfield, Cheasaning, Frankenmuth, James, Maple Grove, Saginaw, St Charles, Swan Creek, Taymouth, and Thomas Townships. City of Frankenmuth.

95th District – Carl Williams (D) – Bridgeport, Buena Vista, and Spaulding Townships. City of Saginaw.

98th District – John Moolenaar (R) – Brady, Brant, Carrollton, Chapin, Fremont, Jonesfield, Kochville, Lakefield, Marion, Richland, Tittabawassee, and Zilwaukee Townships. City of Zilwaukee.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.44%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.55%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 66.06%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 32.72%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 53.58%, John Smietanka (R) – 46.42%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 89.69%, Dan Marsh (Lib) – 6.58%
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 74.44%, Donald Brewster (R) – 24.20%

State Senators:
33rd District – Mike Goschka (R) – 55.06%, Barbara McDonald (D) – 44.94%

State Representative:
94th District – Jim Howell (R) – 50.12%, Walter Wendling (D) – 49.88%
95th District – Michael Hanley (D) – 85.81%, Robert Zelle (R) – 14.19%
96th District – A.T. Frank (D) – 65.00%, Roland Jersevic (R) – 35.00%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Debbie Stabenow (D) – 51.32%, Spence Abraham (R) – 46.70%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 64.53%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (R) – 32.95%
5th District – James Barcia (D) – 76.51%, Ronald Actis (R) – 22.17%

State Representative:
94th District – Jim Howell (R) – 58.19%, Cheryl Hadsall (D) – 41.81%
95th District – Carl Williams (D) – unopposed
96th District – A.T. Frank (D) – 67.66%, Derek Eager (R) – 30.88%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.65%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 46.27%
Secretary of State - Butch Hollowell (D) – 50.13%, Terri Lynn Land (R) – 47.85%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 52.90%, Mike Cox (R) – 44.97%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 65.91%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 32.86%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 66.01%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 32.79%
5th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 92.42%, Clint Foster (Lib) – 4.97%

State Senate:
32nd District – Mike Goschka (R) – 52.96%, Mike Hanley (D)– 47.04%

State Representative:
94th District – Jim Howell (R) – 57.50%, Tim Braun (D) – 41.61%
95th District – Carl Williams (D) – 73.66%, Michael Howe (R) – 26.34%
98th District – John Moolenaar (R) – 54.43%, Lenny Lefevre (D) – 45.57%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 62.33%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 36.91%
5th District – Dale Kildee (D) – 69.10%, Myrah Kirkwood (R) – 29.50%

State Representative:
94th District – Roger Kahn (R) – 59.05%, Timothy Muter (D) – 40.95%
95th District – Carl Williams (D) – 77.40%, Andrew Wendt (R) – 22.60%
98th District – John Moolenaar (R) – 60.86%, Stacy Jones (D) – 39.13%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
SAGINAW COUNTY
2000 - Bush – 41152 (43.89%), Gore – 50825 (54.21%)
2004 – Bush – 47165 (45.86%), Kerry – 54887 (53.37%)

Albee Township (Rural, South)
2000 - 360 (37.74%) 573 (60.06%)
2004 – 441 (40.57%), 635 (58.42%)

Birch Run Township (Between Frankenmuth and Clio)
2000 - 1471 (50.41%), 1385 (47.46%)
2004 – 1761 (53.75%), 1487 (45.39%)

Blumfield Township (East Edge)
2000 - 793 (69.56%), 327 (28.68%)
2004 – 896 (70.44%), 362 (28.46%)

Brady Township (Rural, West)
2000 - 496 (50.61%), 460 (46.94%)
2004 – 540 (47.91%), 560 (49.69%)

Brant Township (Rural, West)
2000 - 538 (57.91%), 369 (39.72%)
2004 – 620 (56.11%), 469 (42.44%)

Bridgeport Township (SE of City)
2000 - 1842 (35.45%), 3252 (62.59%)
2004 - 2103 (37.49%), 3474 (61.93%)

Buena Vista Township (E of City)
2000 - 634 (16.47%), 3173 (82.42%)
2004 - 713 (16.94%), 3472 (82.49%)

Carrollton Township (N of City)
2000 - 1073 (37.47%), 1727 (60.30%)
2004 – 1277 (42.16%), 1730 (57.11%)

Chapin Township (West. Rural)
2000 - 217 (58.02%), 146 (39.04%)
2004 – 260 (58.96%), 173 (39.23%)

Chesaning Township (West, Rural)
2000 - 1125 (46.37%), 1242 (51.20%)
2004 – 1280 (48.60%), 1328 (50.42%)

Frankenmuth City (East Edge)
2000 - 2137 (70.20%), 854 (28.06%)
2004 – 2337 (72.58%), 861 (26.74%)

Frankenmuth Township (East Edge)
2000 - 912 (76.83%), 257 (21.65%)
2004 – 989 (75.90%), 310 (23.79%)

Fremont Township (W Rural)
2000 – 616 (62.10%), 352 (35.48%)
2004 – 680 (61.15%), 422 (37.95%)

James Township (S Rural)
2000 - 539 (53.21%), 458 (45.21%)
2004 – 588 (52.74%), 522 (46.82%)

Jonesfield Township (W Rural)
2000 – 408 (51.13%), 373 (46.74%)
2004 – 474 (51.52%), 427 (46.41%)

Kochville Township (NW of City)
2000 - 571 (54.28%) 452 (42.97%)
2004 – 707 (55.06%), 563 (43.85%)

Lakefield Township (W Rural)
2000 - 314 (60.04%), 196 (37.78%)
2004 – 334 (56.13%), 249 (41.85%)

Maple Grove Township (S Rural)
2000 - 659 (46.25%), 740 (51.93%)
2004 – 731 (47.22%), 798 (51.55%)

Marion Township (W Rural)
2000 - 219 (57.78%), 154 (40.63%)
2004 – 240 (58.97%), 159 (39.07%)

Richland Township (W Rural)
2000 - 1286 (61.33%), 767 (36.58%)
2004 – 1555 (64.76%), 828 (34.49%)

Saginaw City
2000 - 5311 (23.79%), 16634 (74.50%)
2004 – 5800 (25.27%), 16992 (74.02%)

Saginaw Township (West of City)
2000 - 10875 (52.40%), 9499 (45.77%)
2004 – 12387 (53.06%), 10810 (46.30%)

Spaulding Township (S Rural)
2000 - 455 (40.95%), 639 (57.52%)
2004 – 491 (42.00%), 669 (57.23%)

St Charles Township (W Rural)
2000 - 703 (48.38%), 717 (49.35%)
2004 – 824 (51.50%), 758 (47.38%)

Swan Creek Township (W Rural)
2000 - 768 (57.70%), 528 (39.67%)
2004 – 863 (58.43%), 600 (40.62%)

Taymouth Township (S Rural)
2000 - 947 (44.99%), 1110 (52.73%)
2004 – 1072 (45.52%), 1258 (53.42%)

Thomas Township (W of City)
2000 - 3667 (56.90%), 2656 (41.21%)
2004 – 4305 (59.78%), 2846 (39.52%)

Tittabawssee Township (N of City)
2000 - 1814 (57.10%), 1296 (40.79%)
2004 – 2409 (60.12%), 1573 (39.26%)

Zilwaukee City (NE of City)
2000 - 378 (43.40%), 471 (54.08%)
2004 – 452 (46.99%), 505 (52.49%)

Zilwaukee Township (NE of City)
2000 - 24 (55.81%), 18 (41.86%)
2004 – 36 (67.92%), 17 (32.08%)

While Saginaw is a democrat leaning county, it isn’t quite as democrat as its reputation, nor is it as democrat as its whiter neighbor of Bay County which surprises me. The City of Saginaw is a stronghold, but the suburbs and rural areas are much more friendly to the GOP than either Genesee or Bay county. Frankenmuth is also one of the most republicans areas in the entire state.

Saginaw County is a very regional county. The City is strongly democrat, as are the southern, Eastern, and Northeastern burbs. The rural southern area is mostly democrat. The republican areas are the eastern edge near Frankenmuth, the rural western part of the county, and the Western suburbs.

Redistricting did not change the congressional district in Saginaw much as most of Camp’s district stayed the same. However, Barcia’s old thumb/Saginaw/Bay City district was dissolved. The Saginaw and Bay City parts were combined with Dale Kildee’s Flint district. The Camp district is strongly GOP, and the Kildee district is strongly democrat. The state senate district is the same. Mike Goschka is term limited and a dogfight is expected for this seat which covers all of Saginaw and Gratiot Counties. It’s a district with a slight democrat lean, but winnable for either party. The state rep districts hardly changed, but the AT Frank district was combined with Midland instead of Bay County, making that seat lean Republican instead of democrat. The rural district became more republican giving Bridgeport to Carl Williams.

Saginaw will be a key county for both parties in 06. The dems need a high turnout here to win statewide, and the state senate district is key for control.

Roscommon County

Roscommon County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 25,469 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.99% White, .32% Black, .64% American Indian, .19% Asian, .10% Some other Race, .72% Two or more races, .80% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Roscommon (pop 1133)

Roscommon County is a swing county in Northern Michigan. It contains two significant inland lakes in Houghton and Higgins Lakes, as well as one of the branches of the Au Sable River. Roscommon is known for Canoeing, Hunting, and Fishing.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)

State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)

State Representative:
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.66%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.34%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.76%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.09%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 53.04%, John Smietanka (R) – 46.96%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 92.68%, Dan Marsh (Lib) – 4.84%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 60.11%, Joel Casler (D) – 39.89%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 50.61%, Terry Diane Suchowesky (D) – 49.39%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 53.19%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.11%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.96%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (R) – 27.97%,

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 52.79%, Paul D Williamson II (D) – 44.18%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 50.91%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.85%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 60.20%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.22%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.67%, Gary Peters (D) – 44.94%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 62.95%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 35.46%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.67%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.05%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 60.81%, Carl Dahlberg (D)– 37.47%

State Representative:
103rd District – Dale Sheltrown (D) – 50.68%, Ken Carlson (R) – 49.32%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.98%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 31.36%

State Representative:
103rd District – Joel Sheltrown (D) – 56.64%, Bruce Rendon (R) – 43.36%%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
ROSCOMMON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 6190 (47.88%), Gore – 6433 (49.76%)
2004 – Bush – 7364 (51.28%), Kerry – 6810 (47.43%)

Au Sable Township
2000 - 68 (53.13%), 58 (45.31%)
2004 – 74 (50.00%), 73 (49.32%)

Backus Township
2000 - 94 (53.11%), 80 (45.20%)
2004 – 105 (55.85%), 80 (42.55%)

Denton Township
2000 - 1429 (47.86%), 1498 (50.17%)
2004 – 1690 (51.54%), 1549 (47.24%)

Gerrish Township
2000 - 1006 (52.89%), 837 (44.01%)
2004 – 1145 (54.65%), 926 (44.20%)

Higgins Township
2000 - 359 (44.71%), 418 (52.05%)
2004 – 453 (49.19%), 451 (48.97%)

Lake Township
2000 - 412 (49.22%), 403 (48.15%)
2004 – 460 (54.70%), 373 (44.35%)

Lyon Township
2000 - 449 (51.37%), 399 (45.65%)
2004 – 517 (54.94%), 413 (43.89%)

Markey Township
2000 - 628 (47.22%), 675 (50.75%)
2004 – 754 (52.73%), 666 (46.57%)

Nester Township
2000 - 79 (48.77%), 82 (50.62%)
2004 – 100 (52.36%), 86 (45.03%)

Richfield Township
2000 - 798 (40.67%), 1128 (57.49%)
2004 – 948 (43.75%), 1186 (54.73%)

Roscommon Township
2000 - 868 (49.12%), 855 (48.39%)
2004 – 1118 (52.02%), 997 (46.39%)

Roscommon took a right turn for president in 2004. Bush won every township except the most democrat one in Richfield where he still gained 3.5%. Kerry lost 4.5% in Richfield (St Helen) as well. That said, it has not abandoned the democrats completely as Joel Sheltrown took Dale’s open seat easily. They don’t like the John Kerry style of democrat.

Redistricting did not change the congressional or state senator seats here, but significantly alters the state rep district. It used to be in a strongly GOP district based towards Cadillac. Now it is a swing district where the GOP gambed and lost because of Sheltrown’s personal popularity. The new district stretches from the Lake Huron coast west to Missaukee County which is the 2nd most GOP in the state by percentage. The other three counties (Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco) are slightly democrat leaning in state rep contests – but are solid for Sheltrown who is a pro-2a democrat who receives crossvotes.

Roscommon should be competitive in the future for statewide and state rep contests.

Presque Isle County

Presque Isle County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 14,411 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 98.07% White, .26% Black, .59% American Indian, .16% Asian, .09% Some other Race, .82% Two or more races, .55% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Rogers City (pop 3322)

Presque Isle County a rural and competitive county in North Michigan on the Lake Huron coast. It is much like the rest of Northeastern Michigan which is slightly GOP on the national level, but more democrat on the local levels.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D)

State Senators:
37th District – Jason Allen (R)

State Representative:
106th District – Matt Gillard (D)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.09%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 132.91%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 68.52%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.84%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.92%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.08%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 61.77%, Michelle McManus (R) – 36.92%

State Senators:
37th District – Walt North (R) – 63.74%, Kay Anne Chase (D) – 36.26%

State Representative:
106th District – Andy Neumann (D) – 54.31%, Phil Ludlow (R) – 45.69%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 55.01%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 42.92%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 61.21%, Chuck Yob (R) – 37.77%,

State Representative:
106th District – Andy Neumann (D) – 72.27%, Francis Flanders (R) – 27.73%
2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 50.72%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 48.15%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 59.77%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 38.29%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 52.07%, Gary Peters (D) – 45.67%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 64.94%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 34.06%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 73.10%, Don Hooper (R) – 26.19%

State Senate:
37th District – Michael Estes (D) – 51.11%, Jason Allen (R)– 48.89%

State Representative:
106th District – David Wyman (R) – 50.92%, Matt Gillard (D) – 49.08%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 67.26%, Don Hooper (R) – 31.27%

State Representative:
106th District – Matt Gillard (D) – 55.88%, Richard Fortier (R) – 44.12%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 3660 (51.69%), Gore – 3242 (45.79%)
2004 – Bush – 3982 (52.98%), Kerry – 3432 (45.66%)

Allis Township
2000 - 218 (50.58%), 207 (48.03%)
2004 – 252 (51.64%), 227 (46.52%)

Bearinger Township
2000 - 118 (54.38%), 91 (41.94%)
2004 – 136 (56.20%), 104 (42.98%)

Belknap Township
2000 - 195 (61.51%), 112 (35.33%)
2004 – 233 (63.49%), 123 (33.51%)

Bismarck Township
2000 - 136 (61.26%), 82 (36.94%)
2004 – 137 (58.80%), 92 (39.46%)

Case Township
2000 - 236 (55.92%), 178 (42.18%)
2004 – 231 (45.38%), 275 (54.03%)

Krakow Township
2000 - 184 (47.67%), 188 (48.70%)
2004 – 213 (50.24%), 210 (49.53%)

Metz Township
2000 - 73 (51.41%), 65 (45.77%)
2004 – 75 (44.12%), 93 (54.71%)

Moltke Township
2000 - 120 (67.80%), 56 (31.64%)
2004- 122 (65.59%), 64 (34.41%)

North Allis Township
2000 - 134 (50.38%), 125 (46.99%)
2004 – 156 (52.70%), 128 (43.24%)

Ocqueoc Township
2000 - 182 (52.00%), 157 (44.86%)
2004 – 186 (51.10%), 174 (47.80%)

Onaway City
2000 - 150 (43.35%), 187 (54.05%)
2004 – 189 (51.92%), 171 (46.98%)

Posen Township
2000 - 162 (40.40%), 227 (56.61%)
2004 – 164 (40.90%), 227 (56.61%)

Presque Isle Township
2000 - 573 (55.31%), 442 (42.66%)
2004 – 627 (55.44%), 494 (43.68%)

Pulawski Township
2000 - 72 (40.68%), 101 (57.08%)
2004 – 77 (38.89%), 120 (60.61%)

Rogers City
2000 - 819 (48.90%), 806 (48.12%)
2004 – 860 (51.71%), 781 (46.96%)

Rogers Township
2000 - 288 (55.92%), 218 (42.33%)
2004 – 324 (56.74%), 240 (42.03%)

Presque Isle significantly shifted in both directions in 2004 from 2000, but the end results were close to the same.

Redistricting changed the state senate district. The state senate district is the Northwest Michigan based district held by Jason Allen. The state rep district is a swing Alpena based district which should be competitive when it opens.

Ottawa County

Ottawa County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 238,314 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 91.52% White, 1.05% Black, .36% American Indian, 2.09% Asian, 3.48% Some other Race, 1.48% Two or more races, 7.00% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Grand Haven (pop 11,168)

Ottawa County is the most GOP county in the state, and is one of the most GOP counties in the country. It is the center of Michigan’s Dutch influence. Holland, Zeeland, and Grand Haven are the main areas of this county.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R)

State Senators:
30th District – Wayne Kuipers (R)

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – Crockery, Georgetown, Polkton, Tallmadge, and Wright Townships. Coopersville City.

89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – Allendale, Grand Haven, Olive, Park, Port Sheldon, and Spring Lake Townships. Cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg.

90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – Blendon, Holland, Jamestown, and Zeeland Townships. Cities of Holland, Hudsonville, and Zeeland.

91st District – David Farhat (R) – Chester Township.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 85.40%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 14.58%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 86.11%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 12.94%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 74.06%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 25.94%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 80.84%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 17.94%

State Senators:
22nd District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 87.72%, Melvin Jay Lewis (D) – 12.28%
32nd District – Leon Stille (R) – 79.38%, Greg Woodbury (D) – 20.62%

State Representative:
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 74.75%, Bonnie Reffit (D) – 25.25%
89th District – Jon Jellema (R) – 83.14%, Albert Dallas (D) – 16.86%
90th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 84.44%, Clemente Amaya (D) – 15.56%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 72.60%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 25.51%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 75.86%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 22.29%,

State Representative:
74th District – James Koetje (R) – 73.61%, Alton Nielsen (D) – 23.84%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 75.31%, James E Helmick (D) – 24.69%
90th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 76.66%, John O’Brien (D) – 19.32%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 71.22%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 28.11%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 78.85%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 19.66%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 72.81%, Gary Peters (D) – 25.37%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 64.78%, Carl Levin (D) – 34.18%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 81.04%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 17.56%

State Senate:
30th District – Wayne Kuipers (R) – 75.62%, John O’Brien (D) – 22.66%

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 80.73%, Beverly Barringer (D) – 18.33%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 72.57%, Becky Arenas (D) – 27.43%
90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – 81.61%, Ken Breese (D) – 18.39%
91st District – David Farhat (R) – 70.63%, Nancy Frye (D) – 29.37

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 78.98%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 19.31%

State Representative:
74th District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 78.04, Dawn Sloboda (D) – 20.70%
89th District – Barb VanderVeen (R) – 72.57%, Rebecca Arenas (D) – 28.22%
90th District – Bill Huizenga (R) – 78.56%, Jo Bartlett (R) – 18.45%
91st District – David Farhat (R) – 69.67%, Nancy Frye (D) – 30.33%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
OTTAWA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 78703 (71.16%), Gore – 29600 (26.76%)
2004 – Bush – 92048 (71.55%), Kerry – 35552 (27.64%)

Allendale Township
2000 - 3227 (72.55%), 975 (22.73%)
2004 – 4260 (77.10%), 1210 (21.90%)

Blendon Township
2000 - 2608 (88.08%), 310 (10.47%)
2004 – 3002 (88.24%), 372 (10.96%)

Chester Township
2000 - 655 (68.51%), 284 (29.71%)
2004 – 732 (67.53%), 345 (31.83%)

Coopersville City
2000 - 1113 (64.60%), 576 (33.43%)
2004 – 1389 (66.40%), 686 (32.79%)

Crockery Township
2000 - 948 (57.25%), 658 (39.73%)
2004 – 1181 (58.32%), 823 (40.64%)

Ferrysburg City
2000 - 1001 (59.23%), 651 (38.52%)
2004 – 1049 (58.87%), 718 (40.29%)

Georgetown Township
2000 - 17477 (78.46%), 4518 (20.28%)
2004 – 20520 (78.64%), 5410 (20.73%)

Grand Haven City
2000 - 2964 (51.27%), 2609 (45.13%)
2004 – 3225 (53.45%), 2743 (45.46%)

Grand Haven Township
2000 - 4023 (60.75%), 2466 (37.24%)
2004 – 5079 (62.17%), 3010 (36.84%)

Holland City
2000 - 6360 (62.26%), 3547 (34.72%)
2004 – 6361 (59.42%), 4226 (39.48%)

Holland Township
2000 - 7609 (71.99%), 2747 (25.99%)
2004 – 9386 (72.41%), 3482 (26.86%)

Hudsonville City
2000 - 3233 (86.08%), 468 (12.46%)
2004 – 3521 (86.19%), 544 (13.32%)

Jamestown Township
2000 - 2430 (89.67%), 257 (9.48%)
2004 – 3047 (88.47%), 372 (10.80%)

Olive Township
2000 - 1346 (81.67%), 282 (17.11%)
2004 – 1616 (81.41%), 359 (18.09%)

Park Township
2000 - 6412 (68.89%), 2668 (28.66%)
2004 – 7250 (67.98%), 3329 (31.21%)

Polkton Township
2000 - 850 (74.17%), 273 (23.82%)
2004 – 1023 (76.23%), 309 (23.03%)

Port Sheldon Township
2000 - 1522 (70.07%), 594 (27.34%)
2004 – 1834 (69.92%), 883 (29.01%)

Robinson Township
2000 - 1519 (65.50%), 722 (31.13%)
2004 – 1873 (67.33%), 883 (31.74%)

Spring Lake Township
2000 - 4272 (60.44%), 2611 (36.94%)
2004 – 4872 (59.97%), 3171 (39.03%)

Tallmadge Township
2000 - 2538 (69.48%), 1031 (28.22%)
2004 – 3006 (71.59%), 1131 (27.65%)

Wright Township
2000 - 1027 (67.43%), 455 (29.88%)
2004 – 1219 (71.20%), 474 (27.69%)

Zeeland City
2000 - 2556 (83.18%), 479 (15.59%)
2004 – 2686 (83.42%), 518 (16.09%)

Zeeland Township
2000 - 3013 (86.48%), 419 (12.03%)
2004 – 3917 (85.34%), 645 (14.05%)

This is the most GOP county in the state, by far. Some of the townships here are almost as GOP by percentage as Detroit is democrat. Kerry and Bush both gained slightly by percentage, but vote spread was a major gain for Bush. Allendale is a little surprising since it is a college area (Grand Valley State University). Holland has a large Mexican population, which likely affected the Kerry gains there. Grand Haven was a good gain for Bush, epsecially with its proximity to nearby Muskegon, as well as being a favorite vacation area for Chicagoians.

Redistricting changed much of the area. It’s still the base of the 2nd District for Congress. The state senate district now is all in Ottawa County, creating a swing Muskegon based district just to the north. The state rep districts hace chanced a bit, shrinking due to the county’s growth. They are all solid republican except for the 91st district which is Mukegon County based. That district has Chester Township as well to help David Farhat gain a few hundred votes.

Ottawa County is not going to be competitive anytime soon outside of a primary race. The GOP needs to keep the high vote spreads here to help offset democrat strongholds in Wayne County.