Sunday, May 29, 2005

Isabella County

Isabella County:
Location – Central Michigan
Population – 63,351 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 89.12% White, 3.67% Black, 1.54% American Indian, 2.85% Asian, .93% Some other Race, 1.83% Two or more races, 2.49% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Mt. Pleasant (pop 25,946)

Isabella County is a mostly rural county outside of Mt Pleasant. Mt Pleasant is known for two things – the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation and Central Michigan University. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is one of the largest east of the Mississippi River, and is also a concert hall and a four or five star hotel. Beal City is the former home of Governor John Engler. Isabella County is a competitive county in elections.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressman – Dave Camp (R) – 4th District
State Senator – Alan Cropsey (R) – 33th District
State Representative – Bill Caul (R) – 99th District

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.74%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.26%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.45%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.08%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.82%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.18%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 88.51%, Dan Marsh (LIB) - 8.54%

State Senator:
23th District – Joanne Emmons (R) – 63.38%, Louis Gula (D) – 34.08%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 52.05%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 47.95%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 51.71%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.83%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 63.78%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 29.81%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 51.10%, Susan Kay Smith (D) – 48.90%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.50%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 48.80%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 55.22%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 41.75%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 49.27%, Gary Peters (D) – 47.21%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 60.73%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 37.14%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 64.25%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 33.13%
State Senate:
33rd District – Alan Cropsey (R) – 57.02%, Mark Munsell (D) – 42.98%

State Representative:
99th District – Sandy Caul (R) – 63.11%, Justin Eastman (D) – 36.89%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 62.44%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 36.58%

State Representative
99th District – Bill Caul (R) – 52.79%, Sharon Stangle Tillman (D) – 47.21%

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

ISABELLA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 10053 (47.71%), Gore – 10228 (48.85%)
2004 – Bush – 11754 (48.19%), Kerry – 12334 (50.57%)

Broomfield Township
2000 - 390 (57.27%), 267 (39.21%)
2004 – 461 (55.88%), 354 (42.91%)

Chippewa Township
2000 - 640 (42.92%), 804 (53.92%)
2004 – 823 (47.38%), 887 (51.07%)

Clare City
2000 - 4 (66.67%), 2 (33.33%)
2004 – 13 (65.00%), 7 (35.00%)

Coe Township
2000 - 677 (51.96%), 584 (44.82%)
2004 – 802 (52.52%), 710 (46.50%)

Coldwater Township
2000 - 138 (46.15%), 153 (51.17%)
2004 – 169 (47.61%), 183 (51.55%)

Deerfield Township
2000 - 831 (53.61%), 677 (43.68%)
2004 – 959 (52.78%), 840 (46.23%)

Denver Township
2000 - 229 (50.00%), 218 (47.60%)
2004 – 230 (44.23%), 280 (53.85%)

Fremont Township
2000 - 290 (55.88%), 216 (41.62%)
2004 – 343 (59.34%), 232 (40.14%)

Gilmore Township
2000 - 271 (44.07%), 319 (51.87%)
2004 – 332 (46.06%), 364 (51.49%)

Isabella Township
2000 - 408 (46.36%), 437 (49.66%)
2004 – 468 (48.70%), 480 (49.95%)

Lincoln Township
2000 - 437 (53.95%), 343 (42.35%)
2004 – 512 (55.59%), 401 (43.54%)

Mount Pleasant City
2000 - 2445 (40.31%), 3317 (54.69%)
2004 – 2721 (40.01%), 3982 (58.52%)

Nottawa Township
2000 - 527 (57.10%), 378 (40.95%)
2004 – 584 (55.83%), 454 (43.40%)

Rolland Township
2000 - 302 (53.55%), 242 (42.91%)
2004 – 350 (54.43%), 288 (44.73%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 571 (50.80%), 531 (47.25%)
2004 – 685 (52.45%), 610 (46.71%)

Union Township
2000 - 1274 (47.93%), 1283 (48.27%)
2004 – 1545 (47.09%), 1689 (51.48%)

Vernon Township
2000 - 343 (57.17%), 238 (39.67%)
2004 – 420 (57.77%), 296 (40.72%)

Wise Township
2000 - 276 (54.87%), 219 (43.54%)
2004 – 337 (54.44%), 277 (44.75%)

Both in 2000 and 2004, Mt. Pleasant swung the county to the democrats at the top of the ticket. In 04, the Nader votes all went to Kerry, mostly likely due to Iraq. CMU isn’t quite as democrat as MSU, U-M, or Wayne State, most likely due to it’s northern location. I expect this county will continue to be a competitive, and may move slightly to the right when the Iraq War ends.

Redistricting affected the state senate and state rep districts here. The State Senate district now stretches southward to Clinton County, and state representative district now covers part of more republican Midland County, instead of Clare County which swings.

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