Sunday, May 08, 2005

Branch County

Branch County:
Location – South Central/Western Michigan
Population – 45,787 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 93.37% White, 2.63% Black, .47% American Indian, .42% Asian, 1.39% Some other Race, 1.69% Two or more races, 2.98% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Coldwater (pop 12,697)

Branch County is a solid GOP county in Southern Michigan. It is between Hillsdale and Centerville, and between Angola, Indiana and Marshall.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District
State Senator – Cameron Brown (R) – 16th District
State Representative – Bruce Caswell (R) – 58th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 70.32%, Geoff Fieger (D) – 29.67%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 74.21%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 24.72%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 58.66%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 41.34%
Congress (7th District) – Nick Smith (R) – 66.14%, Jim Berryman (D) – 32.68%
State Senator (19st District) – Phillip Hoffman (R) – 67.95%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 32.05%
State Representative (58th District) – Steve Vear (R) – 61.21%, Roy Grigsby (D) – 38.79%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R)– 58.50%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 39.03%
Congress (7th District) – Nick Smith (R) – 68.78%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 28.39%
State Representative (58th District) – Steve Vear (R) – 63.54%, Roy Grigsby (D) – 36.46%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 54.14%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.04%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 64.31%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.03%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 58.99%, Gary Peters (D) – 38.81%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 51.38%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 47.35%
Congress (7th District) – Nick Smith (R) – 68.09%, Mike Simpston (D) – 30.68%
State Senate (16th District) – Cameron Brown (R) (69.10%), Dudley Spade (D) – 30.90%
State Representative (58th District) – Bruce Caswell (R) – 64.68%, Annette Magda (D) – 35.14%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (7th District) – Joe Schwarz (R) – 62.39%, Sharon Marie Renier (D) – 35.14%
State Representative (58th District) – Bruce Caswell (R) – 70.56%, Jack Gabbard (D) – 29.44%

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

BRANCH COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 8743 (55.40%), Gore – 6691 (42.39%)
2004 – Bush – 10787 (60.03%), Kerry – 7004 (38.98%)

Algansee Township
2000 - 453 (56.20%), 333 (41.32%)
2004 - 537 (61.44%), 326 (37.30%)

Batavia Township
2000 - 306 (56.98%), 223 (41.53%)
2004 – 403 (63.87%), 219 (34.71%)

Bethel Township
2000 - 274 (59.44%), 180 (39.05%)
2004 – 365 (64.60%), 195 (34.91%)

Bronson City
2000 - 361 (50.35%), 339 (47.28%)
2004 – 458 (57.68%), 330 (41.56%)

Bronson Township
2000 - 281 (55.10%), 224 (43.92%)
2004 – 368 (62.06%), 221 (37.27%)

Butler Township
2000 - 262 (59.28%), 174 (39.27%)
2004 – 333 (62.13%), 195 (36.38%)

California Township
2000 - 139 (66.83%), 64 (30.77%)
2004 – 163 (64.43%), 86 (33.99%)

Coldwater City
2000 - 1777 (52.22%), 1537 (45.17%)
2004 – 2250 (55.85%), 1726 (42.84%)


Coldwater Township
2000 - 814 (55.11%), 632 (42.79%)
2004 – 1041 (61.27%), 636 (37.43%)

Gilead Township
2000 - 151 (58.75%), 104 (40.47%)
2004 – 198 (64.08%), 108 (34.95%)

Girard Township
2000 - 505 (58.18%), 343 (39.52%)
2004 – 575 (62.70%), 338 (36.86%)

Kinderhook Township
2000 - 410 (60.65%), 257 (35.02%)
2004 – 503 (65.75%), 259 (33.86%)

Matteson Township
2000 - 288 (56.92%), 206 (40.71%)
2004 – 339 (56.31%), 258 (42.68%)

Noble Township
2000 - 136 (72.34%), 46 (24.47%)
2004 – 160 (72.07%), 62 (27.93%)

Ovid Township
2000 - 656 (56.26%), 492 (42.20%)
2004 – 826 (62.62%), 484 (36.69%)

Quincy Township
2000 - 918 (57.52%), 646 (40.48%)
2004 – 1070 (63.20%), 609 (35.97%)

Sherwood Township
2000 - 391 (51.25%), 347 (45.48%)
2004 – 496 (54.87%), 400 (44.25%)

Union Township
2000 - 621 (51.66%), 544 (45.26%)
2004 – 699 (55.30%), 552 (43.67%)

Redistricting hardly impacted Branch County. It’s still in similar districts for state rep, state senate, and congress. Branch County has been a solid county for us, especially lately as Bush improved immensely here over his 2000 numbers. It was a clean sweep municipalitywise here as well. Not one township or city went democrat for president in 2000 or 2004.

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