Thursday, May 19, 2005

Oceana County

Oceana County:
Location – West Michigan
Population – 26,873 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 90.37% White, .32% Black, 1.04% American Indian, .25% Asian, 6.10% Some other Race, 1.89% Two or more races, 11.61% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Hart (pop 1,950)

Hart County is a GOP leaning county North of Muskegon and Northwest of Grand Rapids.

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) – 67.49%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.51%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 70.91%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.69%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 52.21%,Jennifer Granholm (D) – 47.79%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 57.40%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 41.93%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 68.66%, Greg Woodbury (D) – 31.34%

State Representative:
101st District – David Mead (R) – 59.99%, Lance Hendrickson(D) – 40.01%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 57.34%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 40.72%
Congress:
2nd District - Pete Hoekstra (R) – 55.34%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 43.15%,

State Representative:
101st District – David Mead (R) – 61.69%, Nick Krieger (D) – 38.31%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 53.91%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.18%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 61.94%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 36.58%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.01%, Gary Peters (D) – 43.88%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 56.03%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 42.97%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 65.61%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 32.64%

State Senate:
34th District – Gerald Van Woerkom (R) – 53.58%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 44.98%

State Representative:
100th District – M. Pumford (R) – 61.52%, Don Sterling (D) – 38.48%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 65.86%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 32.82%

State Representative:
100th District – Goeff Hansen (R) – 65.84%, Ronald W Griffin (D) – 34.16%

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

OCEANA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 5913 (54.89%), Gore - 4597 (42.68%)
2004 – Bush – 6677 (54.30%), Kerry – 5441 (44.25%)

Benona Township
2000 - 445 (61.13%), 273 (37.50%)
2004 – 503 (58.42%), 354 (41.11%)

Claybanks Township
2000 – 235 (56.62%), 166 (39.71%)
2004 – 249 (53.21%), 213 (45.51%)

Colfax Township
2000 - 88 (49.16%), 76 (42.46%)
2004 – 90 (46.15%), 96 (49.23%)

Crystal Township
2000 - 111 (52.11%), 99 (46.48%)
2004 – 118 (46.27%), 134 (52.55%)

Elbridge Township
2000 - 198 (57.73%), 140 (40.82%)
2004 – 225 (59.37%), 147 (38.79%)

Ferry Township
2000 - 216 (44.26%), 250 (51.23%)
2004 – 263 (44.35%), 318 (53.63%)

Golden Township
2000 - 521 (58.21%), 349 (38.99%)
2004 – 587 (58.64%), 405 (40.46%)

Grant Township
2000 - 584 (55.20%), 455 (43.01%)
2004 – 678 (53.39%), 575 (45.28%)

Greenwood Township
2000 - 215 (55.84%), 160 (41.56%)
2004 – 256 (55.29%), 200 (43.20%)

Hart City
2000 - 363 (51.34%), 325 (45.97%)
2004 – 373 (50.89%), 348 (47.48%)

Hart Township
2000 - 492 (59.85%), 311 (37.83%)
2004 – 554 (60.15%), 351 (38.11%)

Leavitt Township
2000 - 158 (51.63%), 139 (45.42%)
2004 – 181 (47.76%), 183 (48.28%)

Newfield Township
2000 - 452 (44.66%), 549 (54.25%)
2004 – 496 (43.51%), 629 (55.18%)

Otto Township
2000 - 142 (57.72%), 101 (41.06%)
2004 – 158 (48.02%), 167 (50.76%)

Pentwater Township
2000 - 572 (56.69%), 396 (39.25%)
2004 - 674 (59.91%), 439 (39.02%)

Shelby Township
2000 - 869 (57.06%), 633 (41.56%)
2004 – 957 (58.18%), 669 (40.67%)

Weare Township
2000 - 252 (57.27%), 175 (39.77%)
2004 – 315 (58.33%), 213 (39.44%)

The democrats made some big gains here, bucking the trend of most counties in the state. Kerry flipped several townships here. I do not know the exact reasons, but I can speculate two possible reasons. One is the growing Mexican population here. The other possible one I think of is union members from Muskegon moving here. This county needs to be watched in the future.

Redistricting changed the state senate and state rep districts. The old district was based all the way in Midland and moved westward. That leaned Republican. The current district is a toss-up district based in Muskegon. Muskegon goes democrat, and the Republicans need to count on the rest of the counties (esp. Newaygo) to make up the difference. Oceana County is key for this seat. The state rep district is moved from a coastal district to a Oceana/Newaygo/Lake district which leans GOP since Lake County is so small.

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