Saturday, May 28, 2005

Lake County

Lake County:
Location – West/Northwest Michigan
Population – 11,333 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 84.66% White, 11.17% Black, 1.01% American Indian, .15% Asian, .57% Some other Race, 2.40% Two or more races, 1.69% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Baldwin (pop 1107)

Lake County is one of the few Democrat leaning counties in Western Michigan (Muskegon and Kalamazoo are the others). It is also one of the most economically depressed counties in the state. It’s small enough where it does not affect most of the districts.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R)
State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)
State Representative:
100th District – Goeff Hansen (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 53.49%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 46.51%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 59.75%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 39.07%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 59.05%, John Smietanka (R) – 40.95%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 49.91%, Bob Shrauger (D) - 47.85%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 54.75%, Brian Baldwin (D) – 45.25%

State Representative:
100th District – Glenn Perley (D) – 55.63%, M. Pumford (R) – 44.37%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Debbie Stabenow (D) – 50.12%, Spence Abraham (R) – 46.17%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 49.14%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 46.90%

State Representative:
100th District – Cheryl Sterling (D) – 52.67%, M. Pumford (R) – 47.33%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Jennifer Granholm (D) – 52.24%, Dick Posthumus (R) – 45.84%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 52.61%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 44.17%
Attorney General – Gary Peters (D) – 50.28%, Mike Cox (R) – 46.58%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 66.20%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 31.96%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) - 56.12%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 40.62%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 51.55%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 45.63%

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 50.32%, Don Sterling (D) – 49.68%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 57.43%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 40.10%

State Representative:
100th District – Ronald Griffin (D) – 52.60%, Goeff Hansen (R) – 47.40%

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

LAKE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 1961 (41.79%), Gore - 2584 (55.06%)
2004 – Bush – 2502 (47.70%), Kerry – 2675 (51.00%)

Chase Township
2000 - 278 (56.85%), 189 (38.65%)
2004 – 350 (60.45%), 224 (38.59%)

Cherry Valley Township
2000 - 84 (45.41%), 96 (51.89%)
2004 – 101 (53.16%), 87 (45.79%)

Dover Township
2000 - 77 (49.68%), 77 (49.68%)
2004 – 114 (56.44%), 87 (43.07%)

Eden Township
2000 - 59 (38.56%), 88 (57.52%)
2004 – 75 (42.86%), 100 (57.14%)

Elk Township
2000 - 233 (46.23%), 260 (51.59%)
2004 – 284 (49.65%), 280 (48.95%)

Ellsworth Township
2000 - 148 (48.21%), 150 (48.86%)
2004 – 205 (53.66%), 168 (43.98%)

Lake Township
2000 - 206 (45.18%), 229 (50.22%)
2004 – 241 (49.69%), 238 (49.07%)

Newkirk township
2000 - 97 (38.96%), 147 (59.04%)
2004 – 136 (44.74%), 159 (52.30%)

Peacock Township
2000 - 87 (41.43%), 121 (57.62%)
2004 – 102 (45.13%), 122 (53.98%)

Pinora Township
2000 - 141 (52.61%), 118 (44.03%)
2004 – 194 (58.43%), 133 (40.06%)

Pleasant Plains Township
2000 - 201 (34.42%), 362 (61.99%)
2004 – 242 (39.35%), 365 (59.35%)

Sauble Township
2000 - 93 (43.46%), 114 (53.27%)
2004 – 113 (54.33%), 92 (44.23%)

Sweetwater Township
2000 - 51 (44.35%), 59 (51.30%)
2004 – 77 (61.11%), 48 (38.10%)

Webber Township
2000 - 155 (31.50%), 324 (65.85%)
2004 – 205 (39.27%), 313 (59.95%)

Yates Township
2000 - 51 (16.61%), 250 (81.43%)
2004 – 63 (19.27%), 259 (79.20%)

Lake County is one of the few Democrat Counties in Western Michigan, and the only one in Northwest Michigan. It is also one of the smallest counties in the state. President Bush lost the county twice, but improved immensely there in 2004.

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