Sunday, May 22, 2005

Houghton County

Houghton County:
Location – Upper Penninsula
Population – 36,016 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 95.52% White, .94% Black, .54% American Indian, 1.79% Asian, .17% Some other Race, 1.02% Two or more races, .70% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Houghton (pop 7,010)

Houghton County is a county in the UP. It is mostly known for copper and Michigan Technological University, an highly rated engineering school. It’s main cities are Houghton and Hancock.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Bart Stupak (D) – 1st District
State Senator – Michael Prusi (D) – 38th District
State Representative – Rich Brown (D) – 110th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 60.92%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 39.06%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 67.98%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 30.40%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 50.61%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.39%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 60.74%, Michelle McManus (R) – 36.76%

State Senator:
38th District – Don Koivisto (D) – 73.81, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 24.14%

State Representative:
110th District – Paul Tesanovich (D) – 72.02%, Luke Gundermann (R) – 24.68%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate Spence Abraham (R) – 54.28%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 42.75%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 56.07%, Chuck Yob (R) – 42.48%

State Representative:
110th District – Gregg Nominell (R) – 61.23%, Rich Brown (D) – 38.77%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 49.42%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 48.60%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 57.98%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 39.40%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 50.96%, Gary Peters (D) – 46.23%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 60.14%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 38.21%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 64.76%, Don Hooper (R) – 33.25%
State Senate:
38th District – Michael Prusi (D) – 51.92%, David Schoenow (R) – 48.08%

State Representative:
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 60.16%, Barry Fay (R) – 39.84%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 63.89%, Don Hooper (R) – 34.04%

State Representative
110th District – Rich Brown (D) – 61.60%, Patricia Ashcraft (R) – 39.84%

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

HOUGHTON COUNTY
2000 – Bush – 7895 (55.54%), Gore -5688 (40.01%)
2004 – Bush – 8889 (56.08%), Kerry – 6731 (42.46%)

Adams Township
2000 - 432 (45.00%), 484 (50.42%)
2004 – 527 (45.00%), 626 (53.46%)

Franklin Township
2000 - 294 (50.43%), 260 (44.60%)
2004 – 368 (57.95%), 259 (40.79%)

Houghton City
2000 - 914 (51.41%), 735 (41.34%)
2004 – 862 (45.54%), 1000 (52.83%)

Schoolcraft Township
2000 - 428 (53.70%), 343 (43.04%)
2004 – 514 (57.11%), 373 (41.44%)

Portage Township
2000 - 730 (53.60%), 574 (42.14%)
2004 – 844 (53.83%), 702 (44.77%)

Stanton Township
2000 - 314 (53.49%), 240 (40.89%)
2004 – 425 (59.52%), 279 (39.08%)

Hancock City
2000 - 946 (54.59%), 703 (40.57%)
2004 – 1068 (54.99%), 838 (43.15%)

Osceola Township
2000 - 471 (55.54%), 334 (39.39%)
2004 – 539 (58.52%), 369 (40.07%)

Calumet Township
2000 - 1666 (58.11%), 1104 (38.51%)
2004 – 1783 (59.63%), 1169 (39.10%)

Laird Township
2000 - 156 (57.14%), 102 (37.36%)
2004 – 162 (53.82%), 132 (43.85%)

Hancock Township
2000 - 121 (58.74%), 79 (38.35%)
2004 – 160 (62.99%), 90 (35.43%)

Quincy Township
2000 - 66 (60.00%), 42 (38.18%)
2004 – 56 (53.33%), 47 (44.76%)

Elm River Township
2000 - 74 (59.20%), 43 (34.40%)
2004 – 69 (52.27%), 62 (46.97%)

Torch Lake Township
2000 - 565 (62.22%), 315 (34.69%)
2004 – 699 (63.09%), 396 (35.74%)

Chassell Township
2000 - 612 (66.02%), 289 (31.18%)
2004 – 699 (66.70%), 337 (32.16%)

Duncan Township
2000 - 106 (69.74%), 41 (26.97%)
2004 – 96 (63.58%), 52 (34.44%)


Houghton County is one of the more GOP friendly counties in the western UP. Kerry made a big run however in the city of Houghton, mostly like due to Michigan Tech, since the college town vote was so heavily against Bush. It was one of the few UP areas outside of democrat strongholds which went towards Kerry. The rest of the area moved slightly towards Bush in most cases, outside of some of the most sparsely populated areas.

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