Monday, May 09, 2005

Montcalm County

Montcalm County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 61,266 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 94.83% White, 2.17% Black, .60% American Indian, .26% Asian, .64% Some other Race, 1.46% Two or more races, 2.28% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Stanton (pop 1,504)

Montcalm County is a GOP leaning county in West Michigan. Montcalm County is West of Gratiot County and North of Ionia County. Greenville is most known for manufacturing job losses with the closure of the Electrolux plant. Bush escaped a lot of the blame, but voters here did give Dave Camp a much smaller margin of victory in this county in 2004, than in 2000.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
4th District – Dave Camp (R)

State Senators:
33rd District – Alan Cropsey (R)

State Representative:
70th District – Judy Emmons (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 68.64%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 31.36%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 73.52%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 25.34%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 56.30%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 43.70%,

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 96.43%, Dan Marsh (LIB) – 2.28%

State Senators:
23rd District – Joanne Emmons (R) – 71.15%, Louis Gula (D) – 27.29%

State Representative:
93rd District – Larry DeVuyst (R) – 65.80%, Paul Eby (D) – 31.50%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 58.22%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 39.78%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 65.73%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 32.34%

State Representative:
93rd District – Larry DeVuyst (R) – 63.70%, – Paul Woodruff (D) – 36.30%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 55.14%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 44.18%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 63.92%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 35.28%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 57.64%, Gary Peters (D) – 41.23%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 51.62%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 47.55%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) - 65.74%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 33.17%

State Senate:
33rd District – Alan Cropsey (R) – 63.25%, Mark Munsell (D) – 36.75%

State Representative:
70th District – Judy Emmons (R) – 67.50%, Henry Sanchez (D) – 32.50%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 53.54%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 45.66%

State Representative:
70th District – Judy Emmons (R) - 67.66%, Henry Sanchez (D) – 32.34%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
MONTCALM COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 12696 (55.43%), Gore – 9627 (42.03%)
2004 – Bush – 14968 (55.99%), Kerry – 11471 (42.91%)

Belvidere Township
2000 - 466 (48.69%), 465 (48.59%)
2004 – 511 (46.41%), 580 (52.68%)

Bloomer Township
2000 - 317 (65.77%), 159 (32.99%)
2004 – 383 (67.79%), 173 (30.62%)

Bushnell Township
2000 - 353 (62.15%), 204 (35.92%)
2004 – 393 (57.79%), 281 (41.32%)

Carson City
2000 - 253 (51.42%), 223 (45.33%)
2004

Cato Township
2000 - 614 (57.76%), 426 (40.08%)
2004 – 696 (54.46%), 573 (44.84%)

Crystal Township
2000 - 556 (53.05%), 464 (44.27%)
2004 – 651 (55.74%), 507 (43.41%)

Day Township
2000 – 293 (57.23%), 212 (41.41%)
2004 – 346 (60.60%), 214 (37.48%)

Douglass Township
2000 – 596 (57.36%), 422 (40.62%)
2004 – 687 (58.82%), 466 (39.90%)

Eureka Township
2000 - 812 (55.20%), 618 (42.01%)
2004 – 1018 (56.56%), 770 (42.78%)

Evergreen Township
2000 - 561 (48.45%), 557 (48.10%)
2004 – 681 (50.33%), 652 (48.19%)

Fairplain Township
2000 - 400 (58.57%), 259 (37.92%)
2004 – 460 (57.21%), 332 (41.29%)

Ferris Township
2000 - 274 (57.93%), 189 (39.96%)
2004 – 343 (57.26%), 246 (41.07%)

Greenville City
2000 - 1466 (48.46%), 1463 (48.36%)
2004 – 1592 (47.69%), 1707 (51.14%)

Home Township
2000 - 573 (55.15%), 439 (42.25%)
2004 – 652 (57.75%), 458 (40.57%)

Maple Valley Township
2000 - 514 (61.93%), 297 (35.78%)
2004 – 553 (59.65%), 363 (39.16%)

Montcalm Township
2000 - 743 (57.37%), 525 (40.54%)
2004 – 897 (57.35%), 657 (42.01%)

Pierson Township
2000 - 783 (64.44%), 404 (33.25%)
2004 – 922 (63.63%), 511 (35.27%)

Pine Township
2000 - 332 (52.28%), 289 (45.51%)
2004 – 450 (55.01%), 354 (43.28%)

Reynolds Township
2000 - 823 (60.83%), 489 (36.14%)
2004 – 1074 (61.16%), 663 (37.76%)

Richland Township
2000 - 606 (55.96%), 455 (42.01%)
2004 – 726 (57.99%), 513 (40.97%)

Sydney Township
2000 – 576 (50.66%), 535 (47.05%)
2004 – 688 (53.09%), 594 (45.83%)

Stanton City
2000 - 239 (50.21%), 229 (48.11%)
2004 – 261 (50.00%), 269 (49.62%)

Winfield Township
2000 - 546 (62.76%), 304 (34.94%)
2004 – 668 (62.49%), 396 (37.04%)

I’m surprised that Bush equalled his 2000 numbers here with the Electrolux plant closing in Greenville. Greenville itself flipped to Kerry, but it usually votes narrowly democrat anyway because of unions. Belvidare Township also flipped to Kerry, more so than Greenville itself. I’m not sure if that was due to Electrolux or not, since that’s on the other side of the county than Greenville. Eureka, Fairplain, and Montcalm Townships are closest to Greenville. Dave Camp was hurt a lot more by the plant closing than Bush, which tells me that Kerry did not sell in this blue collar socially conservative area. Mike Huckleberry was from Greenville and Camp’s from Midland on the other side of the district so that was an advantage to Huckleberry. He still couldn’t win his county which leans GOP.

Redistricting slightly altered the districts. The congressional district did not change much here, but Clinton County was dropped from Livingston County’s district and added to the Mt Pleasant based district which also includes Montcalm County. Alan Cropsey won the open seat. The state representative district was changed and covers part of Ionia County and all of Montcalm county. The other district had Montcalm and Gratiot Counties.

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