Sunday, May 08, 2005

Chippewa County

Chippewa County:
Location – Upper Penninsula of Michigan
Population – 38,543 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 75.88% White, 5.52% Black, 13.31% American Indian, .46% Asian, .37% Some other Race, 4.43% Two or more races, 1.55% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Sault Ste. Marie (pop 16,542)

Chippewa County is in the eastern UP of Michigan. It is on the Lake Huron and Lake Superior coasts. It is a ticket splitting county, but more friendly to the GOP on local levels than the rest of the UP. Sault Ste Marie is the oldest city in Michigan.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Jason Allen (R) – 37th District
State Representative – Gary McDowell (D) – 107th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 61.27%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 38.73%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.85%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 28.41%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 53.86%, John Smietanka (R) – 46.14%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 61.42%, Michelle McManus (R) – 36.80%
State Senator (37th District) – Walt North (R) – 63.14%, Kay Anne Chase (D) – 36.86%
State Representative (107th District) – Randy Bertram (D) – 56.55%, Scott Shakleton (R) – 43.45%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 55.71%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 41.88%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 62.60%, Chuck Yob (R) – 36.31%
State Representative (107th District) – Scott Shakleton (R) – 72.76%, Steve Dart (D) - 27.24%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.81%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 49.16%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.64%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.08%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 53.72%, Gary Peters (D) – 43.38%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 63.77%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 34.99%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 71.88%, Don Hooper (R) – 27.23%
State Senate (37th District) – Jason Allen (R) – 50.80%, Michael Estes (D) – 49.20%
State Representative (107th District) – Scott Shakleton (R) – 65.41%, Gary McDowell (D) – 34.59%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 68.07%, Don Hooper (R) – 30.25%
State Representative: (107th District) – Gary McDowell (D) – 60.12%, Walt North (R) – 39.88%

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

CHIPPEWA COUNTY
2000 – Bush 7526 (52.43%), Gore – 6370 (44.38%)
2004 – Bush 9122 (55.33%), Kerry – 7203 (43.69%)

Raber Township
2000 - 158 (39.60%), 224 (56.14%)
2004 – 198 (43.90%), 247 (54.77%)

Bay Mills Township
2000 - 187 (40.56%), 258 (55.97%)
2004 – 273 (44.90%), 328 (53.95%)

DeTour Township
2000 - 208 (41.68%), 272 (54.51%)
2004 – 258 (45.34%), 304 (53.43%)

Sugar Island Township
2000 - 165 (44.72%), 189 (51.22%)
2004 – 185 (47.68%), 197 (50.77%)

Superior Township
2000 – 315 (49.14%), 309 (48.21%)
2004 – 388 (52.50%), 341 (46.14%)

Sault Ste Marie City
2000 - 2528 (48.94%), 2461 (47.65%)
2004 – 3021 (51.84%), 2746 (47.12%)

Soo township
2000 – 696 (54.67%), 549 (43.13%)
2004 – 862 (57.20%), 631 (41.87%)

Kinross Township
2000 - 621 (54.24%), 480 (41.92%)
2004 – 815 (57.64%), 588 (41.58%)

Dafter Township
2000 - 290 (55.13%), 221 (42.02%)
2004 – 383 (58.56%), 262 (40.06%)

Drummond Township
2000 - 327 (55.42%), 246 (41.69%)
2004 – 406 (61.05%), 258 (38.80%)

Bruce Township
2000 - 492 (56.16%), 358 (40.87%)
2004 – 631 (59.53%), 418 (39.43%)

Trout Lake Township
2000 - 153 (59.93%), 97 (37.74%)
2004 – 144 (62.34%), 87 (37.66%)

Whitefish Township
2000 - 257 (60.05%), 156 (36.45%)
2004 – 257 (62.84%), 147 (35.94%)

Rudyard Township
2000 - 433 (62.48%), 238 (34.34%)
2004 – 466 (62.22%), 282 (37.65%)

Pickford Township
2000 - 526 (66.08%), 249 (31.28%)
2004 – 625 (69.29%), 267 (29.60%)

Hulbert Township
2000 - 91 (71.65%), 35 (27.56%)
2004 – 79 (62.70%), 43 (34.13%)

Chippewa Township
2000 - 79 (72.48%), 28 (25.69%)
2004 – 131 (69.68%), 57 (30.32%)


Just like in Cheboygan County, there’s a lesson to learn here for Republicans. Do not make the NRA mad. Walt North was usually pro-2a on the state level, but voted against allowing pigeon, I mean mourning dove hunting. He got an F rating from the NRA, and paid for it by losing to Gary McDowell in a district he represented as a state senator – despite President Bush being at the top of the ticket. I didn’t think he deserved an F for one vote, and the NRA was very generous to Joe Schwarz who is much more anti-gun, but they felt North was more beatable. North went from 60% wins to a loss, and McDowell went from losing by 30% to winning with 60% in Chippewa County. Jason Allen deserves some credit. It is not easy for a “troll” (especially one from the Traverse City area) to win a yooper county for state senate.
Redistricting did not significantly alter the districts in Chippewa County.

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