Sunday, May 08, 2005

Benzie County

Benzie County:
Location – Northwestern Lower Michigan:
Population – 15,998 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.39% White, .28% Black, 1.59% American Indian, .16% Asian, .39% Some other Race, 1.19% Two or more races, 1.46% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Beulah (pop 363)

Benzie County is a rural county in Northwestern Michigan on the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is south of Leelanau County, west of Traverse City, and North of Manistee. It contains part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 2nd District
State Senator – Michelle McManus (R) - 35th District
State Representative – David Palsrok (R) – 101st District.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) - 62.81%, Geoff Fieger (D) – 37.19%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 65.38%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 33.26%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 52.28%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.72%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 54.60%, Michelle McManus (R) – 44.33%
State Senator (36th District) – George McManus (R) – 60.05%, Joel Casler (D) – 39.95%
State Representatives (101st District) – David Mead (R) – 66.21%, Lance Hendrickson (D) – 33.79%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 56.04%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 40.93%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 54.49%, Chuck Yob (R) – 44.55%
State Representatives (101st District) – David Mead (R) – 66.29%, Nick Krieger (D) – 33.71%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 52.53%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.83%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 62.90%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.90%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 55.48%, Gary Peters (D) – 42.19%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 55.47%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 42.76%
Congress (2nd District) – Pete Hoekstra – 61.75%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 36.42%
State Senate (35th District) – Michelle McManus (R) – 56.72%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 41.10%
State Representatives (101st District) – David Palsrock (R) – 53.12%, Nick Krieger (D) – 46.88%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 60.04%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 38.89%
State Representative (101st District) – David Palsrock (R) – 53.98%, Rick Gebhard (D) – 46.02%

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

BENZIE COUNTY
2000 - Bush - 4172 (51.68%), Gore – 3546 (43.93%)
2004 – Bush – 5284 (54.04%), Kerry – 4383 (44.83%)

Almira Township
2000 - 794 (59.79%), 485 (36.52%)
2004 – 1118 (60.53%), 712 (38.55%)

Benzonia Township
2000 - 760 (50.43%), 676 (44.86%)
2004 – 864 (50.91%), 811 (47.79%)

Blaine Township
2000 -178 (54.60%), 131 (40.18%)
2004 – 218 (59.40%), 144 (39.24%)

Colfax Township
2000 - 113 (51.36%), 104 (47.27%)
2004 – 157 (51.14%), 150 (48.86%)

Crystal Lake Township
2000 - 330 (52.46%), 276 (43.88%)
2004 – 344 (49.94%), 340 (49.35%)

Frankfort City
2000 - 332 (41.45%), 429 (53.56%)
2004 – 388 (46.47%), 438 (52.46%)

Gilmore Township
2000 - 165 (39.01%), 236 (55.79%)
2004 – 197 (42.18%), 266 (56.96%)

Homestead township
2000 - 429 (47.56%), 431 (47.78%)
2004 – 614 (54.24%), 402 (44.35%)

Inland Township
2000 - 358 (56.74%), 239 (37.88%)
2004 – 542 (59.17%), 357 (38.97%)

Joyfield Township
2000 - 193 (57.61%), 126 (37.61%)
2004 – 211 (51.59%), 195 (47.68%)

Lake Township
2000 - 316 (55.93%), 238 (42.12%)
2004 – 346 (56.08%), 269 (43.60%)

Platte Township
2000 - 83 (46.89%), 79 (44.63%)
2004 – 104 (50.24%), 101 (48.79%)

Weldon Township
2000 - 121 (53.07%), 96 (42.11%)
2004 – 180 (62.94%), 98 (34.27%)

Redistricting slightly impacted Benzie County moving it from Stupak’s Congressional district to Pete Hoekstra’s Lake Michigan coastal district. The other districts stayed similar.

Benzie County is becoming more difficult to win at the local level for the GOP, as Palsrock (from another part of the district) had fairly close finishes in Benzie County. It’s been consistantly close at the state level, but marginally Republican in most cases.

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