Sunday, May 08, 2005

Clinton County

Clinton County:
Location – Lansing Tri-County Area
Population – 64,753 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 95.64% White, .75% Black, .56% American Indian, .61% Asian, 1.11% Some other Race, 1.27% Two or more races, 3.39% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – St. Johns (pop 7,485)

Clinton County is the more GOP County in the Lansing area(the other two are Eaton and Ingham Counties). The Northern part of the county is heavily rural, while the Southern part of the county is suburban and exurban. Part of the City of East Lansing extends into Clinton County, and more and more MSU students are living there, and in Bath Twp.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Mike Rogers (R) – 8th District
State Senator – Alan Cropsey (R) – 33rd District
State Representatives:
85th District – Richard Ball (R) – Bath, Ovid, and Victor Townships, East Lansing
97th District – Scott Hummel (R) – Rest of the County

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 73.81%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 25.95%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 76.47%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 22.14%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 54.98%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.02%
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 90.62%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 6.45%
State Senator (26th District) – Mike Rogers (R) – 68.62%, Sylvia McCollough (D) – 29.77%
State Representative:
85th District – Larry Julian (R) – 54.62%, Jeffrey Fitzgerald (D) – 41.93%
86th District – Valde Garcia (R) – 66.75%, Jack M Brown (D) -31.16%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 56.59%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 41.26%
Congress (4th District) – Dave Camp (R) – 66.42%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.63%
State Representative:
85th District – Larry Julian (R) – 63.05%, James Billis (D) - 34.27%
86th District – Valde Garcia (R) – 64.75%, Teresa Patterson (D) - 33.03%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 52.61%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.32%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 62.09%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 36.09%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 56.51%, Gary Peters (D) – 41.54%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 53.25%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 45.09%
Congress (8th District) – Mike Rogers (R) – 73.59%, Frank McAlpine (D) – 25.47%
State Senate (33rd District) – Alan Cropsey (R) – 64.55%, Mark Munsell (D) – 35.45%
State Representative:
85th District – Larry Julian (R) – 60.49%, Russell Kregger (D) – 39.51%
93rd District – Scott Hummel (R) – 69.19%, Brian Lott (D) - 30.81%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (8th District) – Mike Rogers (R) – 67.10%, Bob Alexander (D) – 31.31%
State Representative:
85th District – Richard Ball (R) – 53.19%, Mike Powers (D) – 44.94%
93rd District – Scott Hummel (R) – 67.73%, Monica Birchman (D) - 32.27%

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

CLINTON COUNTY
2000 - Bush – 18054 (56.14%), Gore -13394 (41.65%)
2004 – Bush – 21989 (58.16%), Kerry – 15483 (40.95%)

Bath Township
2000 - 1752 (48.72%), 1738 (48.33%)
2004 – 2338 (49.51%), 2341 (49.58%)

Bengal Township
2000 – 419 (67.36%), 199 (31.99%)
2004 – 472 (69.62%), 202 (29.79%)

Bingham Township
2000 - 742 (61.73%), 430 (35.77%)
2004 – 928 (64.67%), 498 (34.70%)

Dallas Township
2000 - 914 (80.67%), 206 (18.18%)
2004 – 979 (78.89%), 256 (20.63%)

De Witt City
2000 - 1365 (57.23%), 971 (40.71%)
2004 – 1521 (58.21%), 1073 (41.06%)

De Witt Township
2000 - 3117 (50.44%), 2900 (46.93%)
2004 – 4065 (54.96%), 3273 (44.25%)

Duplain Township
2000 - 579 (52.40%), 511 (46.24%)
2004 – 624 (53.26%), 548 (46.40%)

Eagle Township
2000 - 742 (54.88%), 573 (42.88%)
2004 – 910 (61.95%), 552 (37.58%)

East Lansing City
2000 – 0 (0%) , 1 (100%)
2004 – 136 (36.46%), 235 (63.00%)

Essex Township
2000 - 464 (55.77%), 343 (41.23%)
2004 – 574 (59.36%), 380 (39.30%)

Greenbush Township
2000 - 662 (62.10%), 383 (35.93%)
2004 – 720 (60.97%), 445 (37.68%)

Lebanon Township
2000 - 205 (69.49%), 86 (29.15%)
2004 – 216 (69.68%), 92 (29.68%)

Olive Township
2000 - 702 (56.48%), 507 (40.79%)
2004 – 875 (59.36%), 584 (39.62%)

Ovid Township
2000 – 742 (52.00%), 658 (46.11%)
2004 – 967 (57.46%), 698 (41.39%)

Riley Township
2000 - 547 (58.82%), 360 (38.71%)
2004 – 737 (62.99%), 421 (35.98%)

St. Johns City
2000 - 1914 (54.41%), 1529 (43.46%)
2004 – 2206 (57.46%), 1589 (41.39%)

Victor Township
2000 – 947 (53.20%), 791 (44.44%)
2004 – 1141 (56.23%), 867 (42.73%)

Watertown Township
2000 - 1322 (56.30%), 970 (41.31%)
2004 – 1568 (57.44%), 1143 (41.87%)

Westphalia Township
2000 - 919 (77.62%), 238 (20.10%)
2004 – 1007 (77.11%), 288 (22.05%)

Clinton County is strongly Republican, despite the case of “Engler Fatigue” in 2002, which caused a very low percentage for Dick Posthumus in 2002. Granholm did very well here twice compared to most democrats, most likely due to beltway influence. East Lansing expanded, and Bath Township is experincing an influx of Michigan State Students, so it will become more democrat as time goes on.

Redistricting affected Clinton County in a major way. In 2000, Mike Rogers won a congressional district which then was to the south of Clinton County. Then State Rep. Valde Garcia won a special election to finish Mike’s term in 2001. Redistricting butchered Garcia’s district, so he moved to Livingston County which contained most of the district, instead of running in a completely different district extending north to Mt. Pleasant. Garcia won the Livingston district easily. Redistricting also moved Clinton County from Dave Camp’s Midland based district to Mike Rogers’ Livingston-Ingham based district making it more Republican.

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