Sunday, May 15, 2005

Newaygo County

Newaygo County:
Location – West Michigan/Northwesten Michigan
Population – 47,874 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 94.80% White, 1.12% Black, .65% American Indian, .29% Asian, 1.63% Some other Race, 1.48% Two or more races, 3.85% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – White Cloud (pop 1,420)

Newaygo County is a solid GOP county Northeast of Muskegon and Northwest of Grand Rapids. It is a large and rural county.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R)

State Senators:
34th District – Gerald Van Woerkom (R)

State Representative:
100th District – Goeff Hansen (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 69.00%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 31.00%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 74.59%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 24.09%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 57.33%,Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.67%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 66.27%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 31.93%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 69.93%, Greg Woodbury (D) – 30.07%

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 68.65%, Stephen Haberfler (D) – 30.40%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 60.51%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.11%
Congress:
2nd District - Pete Hoekstra (R) – 62.70%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 33.82%,

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 66.80%, Cheryl Sterling (D) – 33.20%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 58.06%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 40.84%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 65.41%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 32.58%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 57.99%, Gary Peters (D) – 38.34%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 50.68%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 47.72%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 67.98%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 28.39%

State Senate:
34th District – Gerald Van Woerkom (R) – 58.73%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 38.77%

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 69.60%, Don Sterling (D) – 30.40%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 67.45%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 29.61%

State Representative:
100th District – Goeff Hansen (R) – 61.58%, Ronald W Griffin (D) – 38.42%

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

NEWAYGO COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 11399 (58.29%), Gore - 7677 (39.25%)
2004 – Bush – 13608 (59.49%), Kerry – 9057 (39.60%)

Ashland Township
2000 - 601 (66.34%), 285 (31.46%)
2004 – 810 (68.88%), 358 (30.44%)

Barton Township
2000 – 191 (60.25%), 112 (35.33%)
2004 – 253 (64.54%), 131 (33.42%)

Beaver Township
2000 - 106 (46.90%), 114 (50.44%)
2004 – 121 (51.27%), 112 (47.46%)

Big Prarie Township
2000 - 382 (47.93%), 393 (49.31%)
2004 – 483 (49.24%), 491 (50.05%)

Bridgeton Township
2000 - 379 (48.34%), 382 (48.72%)
2004 – 483 (50.05%), 475 (49.22%)

Brooks Township
2000 - 973 (59.11%), 629 (38.21%)
2004 – 1154 (59.73%), 765 (39.60%)

Croton Township
2000 - 737 (55.21%), 566 (42.40%)
2004 – 903 (56.05%), 693 (43.02%)

Dayton Township
2000 - 681 (67.56%), 295 (29.27%)
2004 – 784 (66.95%), 378 (32.28%)

Denver Township
2000 - 327 (43.66%), 400 (53.40%)
2004 – 413 (48.82%), 428 (50.59%)

Ensley Township
2000 - 674 (68.50%), 298 (30.28%)
2004 – 835 (68.27%), 379 (30.99%)

Everett Township
2000 - 340 (52.63%), 296 (45.82%)
2004 – 404 (50.88%), 385 (48.49%)

Fremont City
2000 - 1326 (63.54%), 724 (34.69%)
2004 – 1423 (62.99%), 814 (36.03%)

Garfield Township
2000 - 606 (57.77%), 418 (39.85%)
2004 – 686 (59.55%), 450 (39.06%)

Goodwell Township
2000 - 111 (54.95%), 89 (44.06%)
2004 – 131 (59.28%), 87 (39.37%)

Grant City
2000 - 186 (61.79%), 111 (36.88%)
2004 – 212 (63.86%), 115 (34.64%)

Grant Township
2000 - 755 (65.71%), 357 (31.07%)
2004 – 988 (68.85%), 429 (29.90%)

Home Township
2000 - 72 (61.54%), 39 (33.33%)
2004 – 80 (62.50%), 46 (35.94%)

Lilley Township
2000 - 150 (46.58%), 167 (51.86%)
2004 – 170 (46.32%), 192 (52.32%)

Lincoln Township
2000 - 259 (49.33%), 253 (48.19%)
2004 – 315 (51.47%), 294 (48.04%)

Merrill Township
2000 - 92 (32.74%), 184 (65.48%)
2004 – 104 (34.32%), 198 (65.35%)

Monroe Township
2000 - 96 (63.58%), 50 (33.11%)
2004 – 103 (63.98%), 56 (34.78%)

Newaygo City
2000 - 376 (55.62%), 284 (42.01%)
2004 – 432 (55.89%), 337 (43.60%)

Norwich Township
2000 - 166 (64.09%), 88 (33.98%)
2004 – 195 (64.14%), 104 (34.21%)

Sheridan Township
2000 - 793 (65.65%), 392 (32.45%)
2004 – 892 (65.06%), 474 (34.57%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 528 (57.39%), 363 (39.46%)
2004 – 616 (59.98%), 403 (39.24%)

Troy Township
2000 - 53 (48.62%), 53 (48.62%)
2004 – 59 (48.76%), 61 (50.41%)

White Cloud City
2000 - 241 (55.53%), 180 (41.47%)
2004 – 273 (58.46%), 190 (40.69%)

Wilcox township
2000 - 198 (53.66%), 155 (42.01%)
2004 – 286 (56.97%), 212 (42.23%)

Both Bush and Kerry slightly improved over their (and Gore’s) 2000 numbers.
Beaver and Bridgeton townships flipped to Bush. Troy Township flipped from a tie to Kerry. The variety of the numbers from municipality to municipality here explain the cultural border between Dutch country (70% GOP) and interior Northern Michigan which is more competitive.

Redistricting did not affect the state representative and congressional districts much, but drastic changes happened in the senate district which is now Muskegon based instead of Midland based. The district is extremely competitive and went for Kerry due to the Muskegon vote. Newaygo County was the major reason Van Woerkom won the district in 2002. The 3000 vote margin almost canceled out Muskegon County.

Newaygo County will probably be solidly GOP again in 2006, but the state senate race here will be key statewide, since I expect the democrats to carry Muskegon County again.

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