Sunday, May 08, 2005

Cass County

Cass County:
Location – Southwestern Michigan
Population – 51,104 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 89.19% White, 6.12% Black, .82% American Indian, .54% Asian, 1.17% Some other Race, 2.15% Two or more races, 2.41% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Cassopolis (pop 1,740)

Cass County is a rural, Republican leaning county in Southwestern Michigan. It is between St Joseph and Three Rivers, and between Paw Paw, and Elkhart, Indiana.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Fred Upton (R) – 6th District
State Senator – Ron Jelinek (R) – 21st District
State Representatives:
59th District – Rick Shaffer (R) – Calvin Township, Jefferson Township, LaGrange Township, Marcellus Township, Mason Township, Milton Township, Newberg Township, Ontwa Township, Penn Township, Pokagon Township, Porter Township, and Volinia Township.
78th District – Neil Nitz (R) – Dowagiac, Howard Township, Silver Creek Township, Wayne Township.

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 72.75%%, Geoff Fieger (D) – 27.25%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 68.84%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 30.00%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 61.39%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 38.61%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 70.48%, Clarence Annan (D) – 27.99%
State Senator (20th District) – Harry Gast (R) – 61.92%, David DeRuiter (D) – 36.55%
State Representative:
59th District – Cameron Brown (R) – 64.14%, Carl Holsinger (D) – 36.22%
80th District – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 66.92%, Art Toy (D) – 32.04%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 57.54%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 40.13%
Congress (6th District) – Fred Upton (R) – 66.30%, James Bupp (D) – 30.87%
State Representative:
59th District – Cameron Brown (R) – 61.93%, Burke Webb (D) – 38.07%
80rd District – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 62.62%, Art Toy (D) – 36.01%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 53.77%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.10%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 60.09%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 37.38%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 56.15%, Gary Peters (D) – 41.25%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 49.52%, Carl Levin (D) – 48.68%
Congress (6th District) Fred Upton (R) – 67.40%, Gary C Giguere (D) - 30.34%

State Senate (21st District) – Ron Jelinek (R) - 61.79%, Art Toy (D) – 38.21%
State Representative:
59th District – Rick Shaffer (R) – 59.94%, Paula Beauchamp (D) – 40.06%
78th District – Neil Nitz (R) – 51.91%, Michael Gordon (D) – 48.09%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress”
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 67.39%, Scott Elliot (D) – 30.58%
State Representative:
59th District – Rick Shaffer (R) – 65.40%, Ed Pawlowski (D) – 34.60%
78th District – Neil Nitz (R) – 55.55%, Michael Gordon (D) – 44.45%

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

CASS COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 10505 (53.10%), Gore – 8808 (44.52%)
2004 – Bush – 12964 (57.12%), Kerry – 9537 (42.02%)

Calvin Township
2000 - 323 (47.50%), 343 (50.44%)
2004 – 440 (53.33%), 379 (45.94%)

Dowagiac City
2000 - 757 (41.59%), 1022 (56.15%)
2004 – 951 (43.64%), 1207 (55.39%)

Howard Township
2000 - 1258 (48.95%), 1253 (48.75%)
2004 – 1599 (54.06%), 1327 (44.86%)

Jefferson Township
2000 - 500 (52.91%), 422 (44.66%)
2004 – 656 (59.10%), 444 (40.00%)

La Grange Township
2000 - 579 (43.73%), 726 (54.83%)
2004 – 680 (46.45%), 777 (53.07%)

Marcellus Township
2000 – 537 (51.05%), 491 (46.67%)
2004 – 599 (53.10%), 521 (46.19%)
Mason Township
2000 - 485 (59.29%), 317 (38.75%)
2004 – 627 (63.72%), 347 (35.26%)

Milton Township
2000 - 663 (57.25%), 467 (40.33%)
2004 – 921 (63.34%), 523 (35.97%)

Newberg Township
2000 - 374 (57.81%), 249 (38.49%)
2004 – 455 (59.09%), 310 (40.26%)

Ontwa Township
2000 - 1351 (56.95%), 959 (40.45%)
2004 – 1730 (64.55%), 921 (34.27%)

Penn Township
2000 - 443 (54.49%), 340 (41.82%)
2004 – 519 (56.72%), 391 (42.73%)

Pokagon Township
2000 - 454 (51.53%), 407 (46.20%)
2004 – 541 (54.10%), 450 (45.00%)

Porter Township
2000 - 1070 (62.43%), 610 (35.59%)
2004 – 1262 (69.49%), 537 (29.57%)

Silver Creek Township
2000 - 866 (61.03%), 527 (37.14%)
2004 – 963 (59.55%), 639 (39.52%)

Volinia Township
2000 - 310 (59.85%), 196 (37.84%)
2004 – 355 (61.42%), 221 (38.24%)

Wayne Township
2000 - 575 (53.64%), 479 (44.68%)
2004 – 666 (54.63%), 543 (44.54%)

President Bush made big strides in Cass County between 2000 and 2004, continuing a pattern in most Southern Michigan County away from the Detroit area. Branch, Calhoun, Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale, and Cass all improved for President Bush.

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