Sunday, May 08, 2005

Calhoun County

Calhoun County:
Location – South Central/Western Michigan
Population – 137,985 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 83.93% White, 10.89% Black, .63% American Indian, 1.11% Asian, 1.29% Some other Race, 2.13% Two or more races, 3.15% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Marshall (pop 7,459)

Calhoun County is a swing county in Southern Michigan. It is between Kalamazoo and Jackson, and between Charlotte and Coldwater. It is best known as the headquarters of Kellogg’s cereal. It’s three major towns are Battle Creek, Albion, and Marshall.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman:
Fred Upton (R) - 6th District - Athens Township and LeRoy Township
Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District - rest of county
State Senator – Mark Schauer (D) – 19th District
State Representatives:
62nd District – Mike Nofs (R) - Albion, Albion Township, Battle Creek, Bedford Township (part), Burlington Township, Clarence Township, Clarendon Township, Convis Township, Eckford Township, Fredonia Township, Homer Township, Lee Township, LeRoy Township, Marengo Township, Sheridan Township, Springfield, Tekonsha Township.
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) - Bedford Township (most), Emmett Township, Marshall, Marshall Township, Newton Township, Pennfield Township,

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.20%, Geoff Fieger (D) – 32.78%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 70.66%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 28.00%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 51.22%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 48.78%
Congress (7th District) – Nick Smith (R) – 54.89%, Jim Berryman (D) – 42.85%
State Senator (24th District) – Joe Schwarz (R) – 66.89%, Violet Hinton (D) – 33.11%
State Representative:
62nd District – Mark Schauer (D) – 63.78%, Mark Behnke (R) – 36.22%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roest (R) – 50.46%, Tom Cook (D) – 49.54%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 51.45%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 46.04%
Congress (7th District) – Nick Smith (R) – 59.29%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 37.72%
State Representative:
62nd District – Mark Schauer (D) – 67.10%, George Perrett (R) – 32.90%
63rd District – Jerry Vander Roest (R) – 52.33%, Tom Cook (D) – 44.84%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.59%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 46.40%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 55.47%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.42%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 50.06%, Gary Peters (D) – 47.27%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 61.53%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 37.04%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.51%, Gary C Giguere (D) – 31.70%
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 58.87%, Mike Simpston (D) – 39.62%

State Senate (16th District) – Mark Schauer (D) - 61.00%, Mickey Mortimer (R) – 39.00%
State Representative:
62nd District – Mike Nofs (R) – 53.19%, Ted E Dearing (D) – 46.81%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 50.72%, Judy Mackinder (D) – 49.28

2004 Results Countywide
Congress”
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 68.49%, Scott Elliot (D) – 28.90%
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 61.40%, Sharon Marie Renier (D) – 35.17%
State Representative:
62nd District – Mike Nofs (R) – 53.37%, Lynne Haley (D) – 46.63%
63rd District – Lorence Wenke (R) – 59.86%, James Geary (R) – 40.14

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

CALHOUN COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 26291 (47.73%), Gore - 27312 (49.59%)
2004 – Bush – 32093 (51.21%), Kerry – 29891 (47.70%)

Albion City
2000 – 784 (27.31%), 2022 (70.43%)
2004 – 896 (28.89%), 2174 (70.11%)

Albion Township
2000 - 291 (54.29%), 222 (41.42%)
2004 – 336 (55.17%), 265 (43.51%)

Athens Township
2000 - 636 (57.50%), 442 (39.96%)
2004 – 784 (60.68%), 499 (38.62%)

Battle Creek City
2000 - 8517 (44.28%), 10235 (53.21%)
2004 – 10314 (46.60%), 11583 (52.33%)

Bedford Township
2000 - 1905 (44.83%), 2233 (52.55%)
2004 – 2262 (49.40%), 2264 (49.44%)

Burlington Township
2000 - 426 (55.98%), 311 (40.87%)
2004 – 494 (55.07%), 389 (43.37%)

Clarence Township
2000 - 550 (57.35%), 377 (39.31%)
2004 – 640 (62.26%), 376 (36.58%)

Clarendon Township
2000 - 252 (58.06%), 176 (40.55%)
2004 – 332 (59.50%), 221 (39.61%)

Convis Township
2000 - 453 (61.22%), 266 (35.95%)
2004 – 500 (58.55%), 335 (39.23%)

Eckford Township
2000 - 381 (59.16%), 256 (39.75%)
2004 – 460 (63.80%), 255 (35.37%)

Emmett Township
2000 - 2518 (50.49%), 2339 (46.90%)
2004 – 3171 (55.29%), 2508 (43.73%)

Fredonia Township
2000 - 418 (53.38%), 337 (43.04%)
2004 – 532 (57.82%), 372 (40.43%)

Homer Township
2000 - 487 (50.57%) 447 (46.42%)
2004 – 653 (57.38%), 474 (41.65%)

Lee Township
2000 - 291 (58.55%), 192 (38.63%)
2004 – 339 (60.75%), 214 (38.35%)

Leroy Township
2000 - 929 (55.70%), 697 (41.79%)
2004 – 1297 (62.33%), 773 (37.15%)

Marengo Township
2000 - 546 (58.09%), 365 (38.33%)
2004 – 642 (62.09%), 380 (36.75%)

Marshall City
2000 - 1704 (49.52%), 1605 (46.64%)
2004 – 2012 (53.07%), 1743 (45.98%)

Marshall Township
2000 - 906 (55.89%), 681 (41.93%)
2004 – 1098 (59.47%), 723 (39.34%)

Newton Township
2000 – 735 (53.30%), 609 (44.16%)
2004 – 889 (58.33%), 621 (40.75%)

Pennfield Township
2000 - 2202 (52.59%), 1874 (44.76%)
2004 – 2680 (56.86%), 1969 (41.78%)

Sheridan Township
2000 - 365 (48.60%), 362 (48.20%)
2004 – 428 (51.20%), 394 (47.13%)

Springfield City
2000 - 646 (39.85%), 926 (57.13%)
2004 – 877 (46.11%), 1005 (52.84%)

Tekonsha Township
2000 - 349 (49.64%), 338 (48.08%)
2004 – 454 (54.70%), 364 (43.86%)

Calhoun County was significantly affected by redistricting. Part of Fred Upton’s district has a couple of republican areas of the county, while the Joe Schwarz district has vast majorty of the district. The state senatorial district changed much, although it is Battle Creek based. The state representative districts changed a little. One district is split between Eastern Kalamazoo and the Marshall area, while one actually takes in both of the main democrat areas of Battle Creek and Albion. Mike Nofs ran way ahead of Posthumus and Bush in his two wins. This is a swing county which went Democrat in 2000 and 2002, but Republican in 2004. Albion is a democrat stronghold, but fairly small. Battle Creek is democrat, but not as much as many other core cities in Michigan. Calhoun County should continue to be a battle for years to come.

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