Sunday, May 15, 2005

Crawford County

Crawford County:
Location – North Central Michigan
Population – 14,273 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 96.38% White, 1.50% Black, .60% American Indian, .25% Asian, .20% Some other Race, 1.05% Two or more races, .99% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Grayling (pop 1,952)

Crawford County is a rural county in Northern Michigan. It’s a magnet for hunters and fishers during the seasons. The Au Sable and Manistee Rivers are great for fishing and kayaking. It is most known for the Kirtland Wabler, Hartwick Pines, Camp Grayling National Guard base, and the outdoors. It is between Gaylord/Waters and Roscommon, and between Mio and Kalkaska. Most people pass through Grayling on their way to Traverse City. Crawford County leans Republican, but it is not a “gimme” county for us.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Tony Stamas (R) – 36th District
State Representative – Matt Gillard (D) - 106th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 62.49%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 37.51%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.15%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 26.71%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.87%, John Smietanka (R) – 47.13%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 54.20%, Michelle McManus (R) – 41.80%
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 89.51%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 6.89%

State Senator (36th District) – George McManus (R) – 59.99%, Joel Casler (D) – 40.01%
State Representative (105th District) – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 62.18%, Elaine Felts (D) – 37.82

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 57.63%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 38.56%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 55.28%, Chuck Yob (R) – 41.97%
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 66.42%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.63%
State Representative: (105th District) – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 66.72%, Tony Hefner (D) – 33.28%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 52.45%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.65%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.30%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 33.88%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 57.41%, Gary Peters (D) – 39.11%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 59.06%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 39.24%
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 63.64%, Don Hooper (R) – 34.88%
State Senate (36th District) – Tony Stamas (R) – 54.67%, Andy Neumann (D) – 45.33%
State Representative (106th District) – David Wyman (R) - 63.53%, Matt Gillard (D) – 36.47%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress (1st District) – Bart Stupak (D) – 59.11%, Don Hooper (D) – 39.11%
State Representative (106th District) – Matt Gillard (D) – 53.03%, Richard Fortier (R) – 46.97%

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

CRAWFORD COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 3345 (52.86%), Gore – 2790 (43.84%)
2004 – Bush – 4017 (55.52%), Kerry – 3126 (43.21%)

Beaver Creek Township
2000 - 431 (57.93%), 287 (38.58%)
2004 – 499 (56.96%), 364 (41.55%)

Frederic Township
2000 - 294 (46.01%), 300 (46.95%)
2004 – 392 (56.16%), 291 (41.69%)

Grayling City
2000 - 377 (52.80%), 309 (43.28%)
2004 – 409 (53.75%), 344 (45.20%)

Grayling Township
2000 - 1534 (54.05%), 1203 (42.39%)
2004 – 1826 (56.69%), 1355 (42.07%)

Lovells Township
2000 - 161 (48.94%), 161 (48.94%)
2004 – 201 (54.18%), 169 (45.55%)

Maple Forest Township
2000 - 146 (55.73%), 107 (40.84%)
2004 – 181 (57.46%), 128 (40.63%)

South Branch Township
2000 - 402 (47.97%), 423 (50.98%)
2004 – 509 (51.26%), 475 (47.83%)

Crawford County leans Republican, and Bush’s military stance helped him here in 2004. It is a blue collar conservative area, and very pro 2nd Amendment.

Redistricting significantly altered the district. All of the county is now in Bart Stupak’s district. The county was placed in Tony Stamas’ Midland based district for State Senate. This was a key county for Stamas since his opponent Rep. Neumann got over 70% of the vote in his home county of Alpena. The state representative district was changed as well. Crawford is now in the Alpena based state representative district instead of the Northwest Michigan district.

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