Congressional District 2
Republican Candidates - Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland)
Democrat Candidates - Kimon Kotos (D-North Muskegon)
Current Rep – Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland)
Years in office – 13 (1993-present)
Pete Hoekstra – 69.34%
Kimon Kotos – 28.93%
2004 (Approximate – my numbers)
Bush - 60.11%
Kerry – 38.94%
Bush – 60%, Bush 59%
Kerry – 39%, Gore 38%
Cook’s partisan index – Republicans +9
Republican Michigander’s prognosis – Safe Republican.
All of these Counties: - Benzie, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Wexford.
Allegan County: - Dorr, Fennville, Fillmore, Heath, Laketown, Manlius, Monterey, Overisel, Salem, and Saugatuck Townships. Cities of Holland and Saugatuck. Another poster stated that there’s a new City of Douglas near Saugatuck.
Kent County: - Alpine, Solon, Sparta, and Tyrone Townships.
This is a rematch of 2004.
This Lake Michigan shoreline district is the most Republican district in the entire state. President Bush twice won around 60% of the vote here, and Hoekstra has never received less than 63% in an election.
Ottawa County is the most Republican county in the state and is the largest county in the district. Newaygo County and the portions of Kent and Allegan county in this district are also solidly republican outside of Saugatuck which is small in population. Mason, Benzie, and Oceana lean Republican. Muskegon and Lake Counties are democrat strongholds. Pete Hoekstra has won every county the last two elections. The last county he lost was Muskegon to Bob Shrauger in 2000, and he still received 64% overall that year.
This district is the safest district in the state for republicans.