State Senate - District 16
Republican Candidates – Cameron Brown
Democrat Candidates – Timothy Christner
Current Rep – Cameron Brown (R-Sturgis)
Cameron Brown – 60.47%
Dudley Spade – 37.07%
Bush – 58.50%
Kerry – 40.35%
Republican Michigander’s prognosis – Safe Republican
All of Branch, St Joseph, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties
This district covers much of rural South Central Michigan. It stretches from the Tecumseh/Adrian area just West of Dundee and Monroe to Sturgis and Three Rivers south of Kalamazoo. It is solidly Republican, with all counties going to Bush in 2000 and 2004. All except Lenawee were over 60% Bush in 2004. Lenawee has about 40% of the voters, with the GOP strongholds having 60% of the voters.
Cameron Brown defeated Dudley Spade (now state rep for most of Lenawee County) in 2002 by a large margin, winning all except Lenawee County. If a Spade cannot win here, then there is almost no chance at all for the dems, even if they win Lenawee County big. There are just too many Republicans in the other three counties.