Sunday, May 15, 2005

Delta County

Delta County:
Location – Upper Penninsula
Population – 38,530 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 95.83% White, .09% Black, 2.21% American Indian, .31% Asian, .14% Some other Race, 1.39% Two or more races, .49% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Escanaba (pop 13,140)


Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Michael Prusi (D) – 38th District
State Representative – Tom Casperson (R) – 108th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 59.3%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 40.67%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 63.83%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 35.19%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 54.00%, John Smietanka (R) – 46.00%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 66.78%, Michelle McManus (R) – 32.52%

State Senator:
38th District – Don Koivisto (D) – 74.38%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 24.81%

State Representative:
108th District – Doug Bovin (D) – 75.45%, Matt Minor (R) – 24.55%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R) – 53.78%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.26%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 66.78%, Chuck Yob (R) – 32.57%

State Representative:
108th District – Doug Bovin (D) – 81.19%, Dennis Pape (R) - 18.81%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.37%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.37%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 55.63%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 42.57%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 51.11%, Mike Cox (R) – 46.67%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 65.26%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 33.59%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak - (D) – 71.68%, Don Hooper (R) – 27.54%
State Senate
38th District – Michael Prusi (D) – 55.32%, David Schoenow (R) – 44.68%

State Representative:
108th District – Tom Casperson (R) – 54.08%, Laurie Stupak (D) – 45.92%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 74.76%, Don Hooper (R) – 24.42%

State Representative
108th District – Tom Casperson (R) – 70.08%, Dennis Baldeielli (D) – 29.92%

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

DELTA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 8871 (51.23%), Gore - 7970 (46.03%)
2004 – Bush – 9680 (50.32%), Kerry – 9381 (48.76%)

Nahma Township
2000 - 103 (41.87%), 138 (56.10%)
2004 – 122 (45.02%), 143 (52.77%)

Gladstone City
2000 – 1080 (47.68%), 1131 (49.88%)
2004 – 1245 (48.22%), 1308 (50.66%)

Cornell Township
2000 - 115 (47.52%), 118 (48.73%)
2004 – 148 (53.62%), 128 (46.38%)

Escanaba City
2000 - 2682 (48.07%), 2743 (49.17%)
2004 – 2874 (48.64%), 2976 (50.36%)

Garden Township
2000 - 237 (49.07%), 240 (49.69%)
2004 – 226 (45.66%), 264 (53.33%)

Ensign Township
2000 - 211 (50.24%), 198 (47.14%)
2004 – 247 (50.31%), 242 (49.29%)

Fairbanks Township
2000 – 89 (51.45%), 79 (45.66%)
2004 – 95 (47.50%), 103 (51.50%)

Brampton Township
2000 – 282 (52.71%), 241 (45.05%)
2004 – 301 (49.10%), 307 (50.08%)

Maple Ridge Township
2000 - 197 (51.98%), 167 (44.06%)
2004 – 199 (49.14%), 198 (48.86%)

Wells Township
2000 - 1180 (53.20%), 992 (44.72%)
2004 – 1267 (49.30%), 1285 (50.00%)

Masonville Township
2000 - 442 (52.81%), 367 (43.85%)
2004 – 465 (50.05%), 458 (49.30%)

Ford River Township
2000 - 548 (52.84%), 455 (43.88%)
2004 – 610 (52.45%), 541 (46.52%)

Baldwin Township
2000 – 188 (55.13%), 144 (42.83%)
2004 – 199 (51.03%), 185 (47.44%)

Bay De Noc Township
2000 - 102 (55.74%), 74 (40.44%)
2004 – 127 (53.14%), 109 (45.61%)

Escanaba Township
2000 - 923 (57.57%), 643 (40.06%)
2004 – 1051 (56.38%), 805 (43.19%)

Bark River
2000 - 492 (66.61%), 240 (32.25%)
2004 – 504 (59.93%), 329 (39.12%)

Delta County has changed much recently. It was formerly a democrat stronghold that has signs of breaking. The Tom Casperson win in 2002 was huge, as he defeated Bart Stupak’s wife. President Bush won here twice, which is not a small feat. Conservative democrats are still favored, but liberal democrats can certainly be defeated here, and republicans can win here, even at local levels. Delta County will be a key county for us for years to come. Redistricting did not change the districts much there.

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