Sunday, May 15, 2005

Eaton County

Eaton County:
Location – Capitol Area
Population – 103,655 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 90.25% White, 5.29% Black, .44% American Indian, 1.13% Asian, 1.17% Some other Race, 1.70% Two or more races, 3.21% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Charlotte (pop 8,389)


Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District
State Senator – Patricia Birkholz (R) – 24th District
State Representative:
65th District - Leslie Mortimer (R) – Brookfield Township, Eaton Rapids, Hamlin Township
71st Distrct - Rick Jones (R) – Rest of County

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 68.40%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 31.57%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 72.10%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 26.28%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 50.56%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.44%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 58.77%, Jim Berryman (D) – 38.07%

State Senator:
24th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 65.15%, Violet Hinton (D) – 34.85%

State Representative:
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 53.10%, Matt Minor (R) – 46.90%
71st District – Susan Tabor (R) – 61.16%, Phillip Brown (D) – 38.34

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate – Spence Abraham (R)– 51.30%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 46.51%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 58.48%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 38.41%

State Representative:
65th District – Mickey Mortimer (R) – 54.50%, Dennis Pape (R) - 45.50%
71st District – Susan Tabor (R) – 61.22%, Faye Kraus (D) – 38.78

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.24%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 46.74%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 56.74%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 41.46%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 50.44%, Gary Peters (D) – 47.64%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 57.68%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 40.62%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith - (R) – 59.05%, Mike Simpson (D) – 39.19%

State Senate:
24th District - Patricia Birkholz (R) – 58.33%, Tami Birdson (D) – 41.67%

State Representative:
65th District – Jerry Kratz (R) – 52.07%, Sharon Marie Renier (D) – 47.93%
71st District – Susan Tabor (R) – 55.68%, Sherry Freeman (D) – 44.32%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
7st District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 60.02%, Sharon Marie Renier (D) – 36.25%

State Representative
65th District – Leslie Mortimer (R) – 56.14%, Mike Simpson (D) – 43.68%
71st District – Rick Jones (R) – 59.22%, Ryan LaTourette (D) – 38.51%

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

EATON COUNTY
2000 – Bush – 24803 (50.34%), Gore – 23211 (47.11%)
2004 – Bush – 29781 (53.41%), Kerry – 25411 (45.58%)

Bellevue Township
2000 - 690 (53.08%), 580 (44.62%)
2004 – 864 (59.59%), 571 (39.38%)

Benton Township
2000 - 747 (52.75%), 645 (45.55%)
2004 – 921 (60.04%), 602 (39.24%)

Brookfield Township
2000 - 343 (54.88%), 260 (41.60%)
2004 – 427 (59.97%), 268 (37.64%)

Carmel Township
2000 - 732 (55.92%), 556 (42.48%)
2004 – 955 (61.18%), 587 (37.60%)

Charlotte City
2000 - 1600 (48.91%), 1582 (48.36%)
2004 – 2089 (53.24%), 1784 (45.46%)

Chester Township
2000 - 524 (57.46%), 363 (39.80%)
2004 – 615 (62.12%), 367 (37.07%)

Delta Township
2000 - 8076 (49.32%), 7902 (48.25%)
2004 – 9005 (49.95%), 8891 (49.32%)

Eaton Rapids City
2000 - 950 (46.59%), 1019 (49.98%)
2004 – 1213 (52.88%), 1053 (45.90%)

Eaton Rapids Township
2000 - 949 (52.46%), 805 (44.50%)
2004 – 1246 (58.61%), 868 (40.83%)

Eaton Township
2000 - 1202 (56.54%), 876 (41.20%)
2004 – 1455 (62.58%), 858 (36.90%)

Grand Ledge City
2000 - 1857 (49.40%), 1794 (47.73%)
2004 – 2153 (52.07%), 1931 (46.70%)

Hamlin Township
2000 - 728 (53.57%), 597 (43.93%)
2004 – 925 (56.44%), 694 (42.34%)

Kalamo Township
2000 - 380 (53.67%), 307 (43.36%)
2004 – 496 (58.08%), 339 (39.70%)

Lansing City
2000 - 347 (20.10%), 1351 (78.27%)
2004 – 411 (20.81%), 1547 (78.33%)

Olivet City
2000 - 217 (51.30%), 185 (43.74%)
2004 – 260 (56.52%), 186 (40.43%)

Oneida Township
2000 - 1113 (54.83%), 864 (42.86%)
2004 – 1330 (57.18%), 977 (42.00%)

Potterville City
2000 - 393 (49.94%), 374 (47.52%)
2004 – 584 (56.15%), 447 (42.98%)

Roxand Township
2000 - 531 (58.16%), 350 (38.34%)
2004 – 562 (58.60%), 386 (40.25%)

Sunfield Township
2000 - 600 (61.10%), 360 (36.66%)
2004 – 717 (63.23%), 407 (35.89%)

Vermontville Township
2000 - 485 (54.76%), 346 (41.00%)
2004 – 587 (60.45%), 378 (38.93%)

Walton Township
2000 - 467 (55.53%), 349 (41.50%)
2004 – 640 (62.81%), 363 (35.62%)

Windsor Township
2000 - 1872 (50.38%), 1746 (46.99%)
2004 – 2329 (54.45%), 1907 (44.59%)

Eaton County is a very erratic county voting wise. It leans slightly Republican, but more so at the local level. They vote for both liberal and very conservative republicans. They will elect Joe Schwarz and Frank Fitzgerald. They also elected Sue Tabor and Rick Jones. President Bush improved immensely in 2004 over his 2000 numbers here. There are a large number of state workers here, which impacted the Democrat swing in 2002 towards Granholm. Dick Posthumus was John Engler’s Lt. Governor, and state workers disliked John Engler. Part of the city of Lansing is in Eaton County, and Southwestern Lansing is one of the most democrat areas of the city.

Redistricting affected the state senator district. It used to be in a district paired with Calhoun County. The new district stretches west to Allegan County on the West Coast of the state.

I expect Eaton County to be a contested county for years to come, especially in off year elections.

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