Sunday, May 22, 2005

Hillsdale County

Hillsdale County:
Location – South Central Michigan
Population – 46,527 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.56% White, .43% Black, .35% American Indian, .33% Asian, .34% Some other Race, .98% Two or more races, 1.20% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Hillsdale (pop 8,233)

Hillsdale County is a mostly rural county on the Ohio and Indiana borders between Adrian and Coldwater. It is most known for conservative Hillsdale College, which does not accept government money. Hillsdale is one of the most conservative counties in the state.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Joe Schwarz (R) – 7th District
State Senator – Cameron Brown (R) – 16th District
State Representative – Bruce Caswell (R) – 58th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 73.08%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 26.92%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 76.95%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 21.98%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 62.23%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 37.77%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 69.47%, Jim Berryman (D) – 29.31%

State Senator:
19th District – Phillip Hoffman (R) – 74.20, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 25.80%

State Representative:
58th District – Steve Vear (R) – 69.25%, Roy Grigsby (D) – 30.75%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Spence Abraham (R) – 61.82%, – Debbie Stabenow (D) – 35.37%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 70.23%, Jennie Crittendon (D) – 27.65%

State Representative:
58th District – Steve Vear (R) - 68.35%, Roy Grigsby (D) – 31.65%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 60.33%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 38.45%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 66.73%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 31.80%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 63.00%, Gary Peters (D) – 35.43%
US Senate - Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 53.14%, Carl Levin (D) – 45.62%
Congress:
7th District – Nick Smith (R) – 69.19%, Mike Simpson (D) – 29.88%
State Senate:
16th District – Cameron Brown (R) – 67.07%, Dudley Spade (D) – 32.93%

State Representative:
58th District – Bruce Caswell (R) – 68.67%, Annette Magda (D) – 31.33%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
7th District – Joe Schwarz (R) – 60.29%, Sharon Marie Renier (D) – 29.22% (10% 3rd party)

State Representative
58th District – Bruce Caswell (R) – 74.69%, Jack Gabbard (D) – 25.31%

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

HILLSDALE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 10483 (60.00%), Gore – 6495 (37.17%)
2004 – Bush – 12804 (63.34%), Kerry – 7123 (35.23%)

Adams Township
2000 - 727 (68.83%), 324 (30.45%)
2004 – 879 (72.70%), 320 (26.47%)

Allen Township
2000 - 387 (68.33%), 165 (30.43%)
2004 – 443 (66.42%), 204 (30.58%)

Amboy Township
2000 - 291 (62.58%), 166 (35.70%)
2004 – 363 (64.48%), 194 (34.46%)

Cambria Township
2000 - 597 (58.02%), 399 (38.78%)
2004 – 745 (64.17%), 401 (34.54)

Camden Township
2000 - 366 (63.78%), 185 (32.23%)
2004 – 457 (66.72%), 220 (32.12%)

Fayette Township
2000 - 770 (59.41%), 499 (38.50%)
2004 – 923 (64.23%), 449 (34.73%)

Hillsdale City
2000 - 1361 (55.94%), 968 (39.79%)
2004 – 1727 (61.44%), 1039 (36.96%)

Hillsdale Township
2000 - 568 (59.92%), 352 (37.13%)
2004 – 703 (65.95%), 354 (33.21%)

Jefferson Township
2000 - 733 (60.43%), 441 (36.36%)
2004 – 825 (61.25%), 501 (37.19%)

Litchfield City
2000 - 268 (52.76%), 228 (44.88%)
2004 – 338 (60.79%), 209 (37.59%)

Litchfield Township
2000 - 274 (68.67%), 122 (30.58%)
2004 – 320 (70.33%), 132 (29.01%)

Moscow Township
2000 - 346 (57.57%), 240 (39.93%)
2004 – 416 (59.17%), 278 (39.54%)

Pittsford Township
2000 - 469 (67.19%), 213 (30.52%)
2004 – 551 (67.77%), 252 (31.00%)

Ransom Township
2000 - 218 (63.74%), 112 (32.75%)
2004 – 270 (67.16%), 126 (31.34%)

Reading City
2000 - 193 (57.78%), 131 (39.22%)
2004 – 221 (60.05%), 142 (38.59%)

Reading Township
2000 - 436 (55.90%), 314 (40.28%)
2004 – 530 (60.57%), 327 (37.37%)

Scipio Township
2000 - 371 (58.98%), 240 (38.16%)
2004 – 488 (64.21%), 260 (34.21%)

Somerset Township
2000 - 1080 (51.43%), 968 (46.10%)
2004 – 1401 (56.42%), 1060 (42.79%)

Wheatland Township
2000 - 340 (65.26%), 165 (31.67%)
2004 – 409 (66.29%), 201 (32.58%)

Woodbridge Township
2000 - 250 (68.68%), 113 (31.04%)
2004 – 313 (68.94%), 135 (29.74%)

Wright Township
2000 - 438 (65.67%), 210 (31.48%)
2004 – 482 (62.60%), 269 (34.94%)



Hillsdale County competes with Livingston and Allegan Counties for the third most republican county in the state, by percentage. First place is always Ottawa, and second place is always Missaukee. Redistricting changed the state senate district. It changed from a Jackson based district to a district stretching from Lenawee to St Joseph Counties. Like most Southern Michigan counties outside of the Detroit area(exception Kalamazoo), it took a major swing towards Bush.

One interesting fact is that 3rd parties received 10% of the vote in Hillsdale for the congressional race. Joe Schwarz is unpopular with gun owners and pro-lifers due to his stands, and especially his mouth. He won the primary in 2004 with about 28% of the vote due to the conservative vote being split over 5 candidates. He may be challenged from the right-wing in the next election.

2 comments:

Joshua Mercer said...

He didn't win in 2008 just yet.

Republican Michigander said...

Typo corrected. Thanks for pointing it out.