Sunday, May 22, 2005

Gratiot County

Gratiot County:
Location – Central Michigan
Population – 42,285 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 92.01% White, 3.72% Black, .55% American Indian, .34% Asian, 1.76% Some other Race, 1.60% Two or more races, 4.43% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Ithaca (pop 3,098)

Gratiot County is a mostly rural county between Mt Pleasant and Lansing. Its three major towns are Alma, Ithaca, and St Louis. Most drive through Gratiot County on their way up North on US-127(was US-27 until a few years ago).

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Dave Camp (R) – 4th District
State Senator – Mike Goschka (R) – 32nd District
State Representative – Scott Hummel (R) – 93rd District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 71.14%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 28.86%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 75.22%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 23.89%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 58.13%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 41.87%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 95.11%, Dan Marsh (LIB) – 3.28%

State Senator:
33rd District – Mike Goschka (R) – 64.85, Barbara McDonald (D) – 35.15%

State Representative:
93rd District – Larry DeVuyst(R) – 69.48%, Paul Eby (D) – 30.52%
98th District – Tony Stamas (R) – 71.22%, Andrew Iwamasa (D) – 28.78%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Spence Abraham (R) – 58.34%, – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 39.25%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.92%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 31.27%

State Representative:
93rd District – Larry DeVuyst (R) - 68.73%, Phil Woodruff (D) – 31.27%
98th District – Tony Stamas (R) – 64.29%, Rick Shook (D) – 35.71%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 54.00%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 44.94%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 59.95%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 38.45%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.76%, Gary Peters (D) – 43.69%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 55.19%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 43.63%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 68.25%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 30.85%
State Senate:
32nd District – Mike Goschka (R) – 65.17%, Mike Hanley (D) – 34.83%

State Representative:
93rd District – Scott Hummel (R) – 62.75%, Brian Lott (D) – 37.25%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 66.60%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 32.81%

State Representative
93rd District – Scott Hummel (R) – 64.66%, Monica Birchman (D) – 35.34%

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

GRATIOT COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 8312 (54.76%), Gore – 6538 (43.07%)
2004 – Bush – 9834 (56.59%), Kerry – 7377 (42.45%)

Alma City
2000 - 1562 (48.34%), 1566 (48.47%)
2004 – 1810 (49.77%), 1782 (49.27%)

Arcada Township
2000 - 413 (53.43%), 345 (44.63%)
2004 – 499 (56.70%), 370 (42.05%)

Bethany Township
2000 – 370 (61.46%), 223 (37.04%)
2004 – 414 (62.54%), 246 (37.16%)

Elba Township
2000 - 346 (53.40%), 291 (44.91%)
2004 – 383 (55.59%), 297 (43.11%)

Emerson Township
2000 - 258 (58.11%), 185 (41.64%)
2004 – 306 (61.82%), 185 (37.37%)

Fulton Township
2000 - 563 (55.88%), 433 (42.74%)
2004 – 724 (59.05%), 488 (39.80%)

Hamilton township
2000 - 120 (63.16%), 70 (36.84%)
2004 – 133 (64.56%), 71 (34.47%)

Ithaca City
2000 - 634 (50.88%), 578 (46.39%)
2004 – 785 (54.74%), 636 (44.35%)

Lafayette Township
2000 - 182 (62.12%), 104 (35.49%)
2004 – 195 (62.70%), 113 (36.33%)

New Haven Township
2000 - 233 (58.54%), 161 (40.45%)
2004 – 175 (51.02%), 166 (48.40%)

Newark Township
2000 - 189 (52.50%), 164 (45.56%)
2004 – 246 (56.04%), 185 (42.14%)

North Shade Township
2000 - 168 (64.12%), 90 (34.35%)
2004 – 190 (70.37%), 76 (28.15%)

Pine River Township
2000 - 545 (62.14%), 317 (36.15%)
2004 – 697 (58.38%), 486 (40.70%)

Seville Township
2000 - 485 (57.95%), 328 (39.19%)
2004 – 593 (59.30%), 402 (40.20%)

St Louis City
2000 - 644 (48.82%), 645 (48.90%)
2004 – 812 (54.64%), 655 (44.08%)

Sumner Township
2000 - 391 (56.67%), 283 (41.01%)
2004 – 433 (54.33%), 353 (44.29%)

Washington Township
2000 - 269 (66.58%), 129 (31.93%)
2004 – 280 (63.49%), 157 (35.60%)

Wheeler Township
2000 - 682 (60.41%), 436 (38.62%)
2004 – 777 (60.85%), 491 (38.45%)

Gratiot County is solidly republican. Only Alma and St Louis has been competitive, and St Louis swung hard towards Bush in 2004, while Alma stayed even, probably due to Alma College.

Redistricting didn’t change the state senator and congression districts, but it put all of Gratiot County in a district based in Clinton County.

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