Sunday, May 08, 2005

Clare County

Clare County:
Location – North Central Michigan
Population – 31,252 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.38% White, .33% Black, .72% American Indian, .26% Asian, .30% Some other Race, 1.03% Two or more races, 1.09% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Harrison (pop 2,108)

Clare County is a swing county nicknamed “The Gateway to the North.” It is the home of Jay’s Sporting Goods and is well known for the outdoors. It is between Houghton Lake and Mt Pleasant, and between Gladwin and Reed City. It is one of the counties that flipped from Gore to Bush in 2004.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Dave Camp (R) – 4th District
State Senator – Michelle McManus (R) – 35th District
State Representative – Tim Moore (R) – 97th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 61.34%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 38.66%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 67.52%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 30.69%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 54.20%, John Smietanka (R) – 45.80%
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 90.19%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 7.33%
State Senator (35th District) – Bill Schuette (R) – 64.19%, Brian Baldwin (D) – 35.81.%
State Representative (99th District) – Sandy Caul (R) – 52.47%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 47.53%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 49.88%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 47.02%
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 67.11%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.64%
State Representative (99th District) – Sandy Caul (R) – 52.07%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 47.93%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.05%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.56%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 54.65%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.66%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 48.68%, Gary Peters (D) – 47.94%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 64.46%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 33.88%
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 67.11%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.64%
State Senate (35th District) – Michelle McManus (R) – 56.31%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 39.72%
State Representative (97th District) – David Coker (R) – 50.44%, Jennifer Elkins (D) – 49.56%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 63.82%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 35.39%
State Representative: 97th District – Tim Moore (R) – 60.12%, Jennifer Elkins (D) – 45.75%

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

CLARE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 5937 (47.09%), Gore – 6287 (49.87%)
2004 – Bush – 7088 (49.82%), Kerry – 6984 (49.09%)

Arthur Township
2000 - 228 (74.51%), 72 (23.53%)
2004 – 249 (73.24%), 91 (26.76%)

Clare City
2000 - 656 (50.85%), 587 (45.50%)
2004 – 650 (48.51%), 681 (50.82%)

Franklin Township
2000 - 155 (42.35%), 203 (55.06%)
2004 – 187 (44.42%), 230 (54.63%)

Freeman Township
2000 - 209 (38.56%), 313 (57.75%)
2004 – 294 (46.74%), 329 (52.31%)

Frost Township
2000 - 210 (43.93%), 257 (53.77%)
2004 – 264 (47.57%), 287 (51.74%)

Garfield Township
2000 - 349 (40.49%), 496 (57.54%)
2004 – 413 (44.60%), 498 (53.78%)

Grant Township
2000 - 736 (55.13%), 561 (42.02%)
2004 – 874 (56.79%), 656 (42.63%)

Greenwood Township
2000 - 224 (48.28%), 231 (49.78%)
2004 – 249 (48.82%), 258 (50.59%)

Hamilton Township
2000 - 350 (44.47%), 411 (52.22%)
2004 – 387 (45.69%), 445 (52.54%)

Harrison City
2000 – 378 (45.16%), 437 (52.21%)
2004 – 415 (48.59%), 432 (50.59%)

Hatton Township
2000 - 215 (55.99%), 152 (39.38%)
2004 – 272 (62.82%), 155 (35.80%)

Hayes Township
2000 – 733 (43.12%), 908 (53.41%)
2004 – 899 (45.59%), 1049 (53.19%)

Lincoln Township
2000 - 282 (38.84%), 422 (58.13%)
2004 – 437 (46.64%), 494 (52.72%)

Redding Township
2000 - 58 (34.73%), 101 (60.48%)
2004 – 75 (43.35%), 97 (56.07%)

Sheridan Township
2000 - 278 (63.47%), 150 (34.25%)
2004 – 376 (65.62%), 187 (32.11%)

Summerfield Township
2000 - 95 (39.42%), 134 (55.60%)
2004 – 116 (41.28%), 163 (58.01%)

Surrey Township
2000 - 683 (45.99%), 759 (51.11%)
2004 – 786 (47.55%), 845 (51.12%)

Winterfield Township
2000 - 98 (49.25%), 93 (46.73%)
2004 – 144 (59.50%), 90 (37.19%)

Clare County votes the person over the party. They are generally economicaly populist, somewhat socially conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment. A gay marriage vote may have caused Jennifer Elkins to lose her state representative seat here. While Clare city flipped to Kerry, Bush still won the county because of less lopsided losses in the Gore townships.

Redistricting significantly altered the area. They still stay in Dave Camp’s Midland based district, but they move to a Northwest Michigan State Senate district from the Midland District, and they are no longer in the Mt Pleasant state rep district, but have one based in Clare stretching from Clare County to parts of Bay County. The congressional and state senate districts tilt Republican. The state rep district tilts slightly democrat, but is winnable as Tim Moore showed us.

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