Sunday, May 29, 2005

Kalkaska County

Kalkaska County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 16,571 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.54% White, .21% Black, .78% American Indian, .22% Asian, .10% Some other Race, 1.10% Two or more races, .86% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Kalkaska (pop 2,226)

Kalkaska County is a rural county in Northern Michigan between Traverse City and Grayling. It strongly leans GOP. It is infamously known as the school district which closed its doors in March back in 1993, before Proposal A was passed.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 63.11%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 36.89%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 69.68%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 29.11%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 52.68%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.32%

Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 51.87%, Michelle McManus (R) - 46.85%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 62.30%, Joel Casler (D) – 37.70%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 63.93%, Elaine Felts (D) – 36.07%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.35%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.85%
Congress:
1st District – Bart Stupak (D) – 49.61%, Chuck Yob (R) – 49.50%

State Representative:
105th District – Ken Bradstreet (R) – 64.13%, Tony Hefner (D) – 35.87%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 56.62%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.02%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.80%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.24%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 60.33%, Gary Peters (D) – 37.93%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 53.95%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 44.45%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 66.17%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 32.26%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 61.19%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 36.90%

State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R) – 58.25%, Joel Casler (D) – 39.80%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.10%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 32.09%

State Representative:
104th District – Howard Walker (R) – 65.07%, Tom Karas (D) – 34.93%

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

KALKASKA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 3842 (56.10%), Gore – 2774 (40.50%)
2004 – Bush – 5084 (60.67%), Kerry – 3189 (38.05%)

Bear Lake Township
2000 - 186 (48.56%), 186 (48.56%)
2004 – 238 (55.22%), 187 (43.39%)

Blue Lake Township
2000 – 156 (55.12%), 115 (40.64%)
2004 – 165 (58.72%), 110 (39.15%)

Boardman Township
2000 - 286 (58.49%), 183 (37.42%)
2004 – 414 (63.40%), 234 (35.83%)

Clearwater Township
2000 - 631 (56.90%), 416 (37.51%)
2004 – 784 (60.68%), 481 (37.09%)

Cold Springs Township
2000 - 375 (54.82%), 289 (42.25%)
2004 – 475 (59.75%), 311 (39.12%)

Excelsior Township
2000 - 183 (53.67%), 143 (41.94%)
2004 – 254 (57.99%), 183 (41.78%)

Garfield Township
2000 - 181 (49.73%), 172 (47.25%)
2004 – 259 (56.67%), 198 (43.33%)

Kalkaska Township
2000 - 1071 (58.68%), 709 (38.85%)
2004 – 1320 (61.51%), 804 (37.47%)

Oliver Township
2000 - 84 (56.00%), 64 (42.67%)
2004 – 101 (63.52%), 57 (35.85%)

Orange Township
2000 - 266 (65.52%), 131 (32.27%)
2004 – 409 (70.40%), 164 (28.23%)

Rapid River township
2000 - 197 (56.61%), 139 (39.94%)
2004 – 311 (61.71%), 184 (36.51%)

Springfield Township
2000 - 226 (48.39%), 227 (48.61%)
2004 – 358 (55.50%), 276 (42.79%)

Kalkaska County took a strong right shift in 2004, although it has always been conservative. The gain here was on par with the gains in rural Southern Michigan. Redistricting helped the GOP here, as Kalkaska was moved from Stupak’s UP based district to Dave Camp’s Midland based district. The State Senate district was still Traverse City based, and the county moved to a Traverse City state representative district as well. Bear Lake and Springfield townships were pickups for Bush. Bear Lake is working class area west of Grayling and heavily rural and outdoors based. Springfield Township is in the Southwestern most part of the county.

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