Sunday, May 22, 2005

Osceola County

Osceola County:
Location – North Michigan
Population – 23,197 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.51% White, .35% Black, .50% American Indian, .22% Asian, .2% Some other Race, 1.21% Two or more races, .99% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Reed City (pop 2,430)

Osceola County is a rural Northern Michigan county. It’s south of Cadillac and west of Clare. It is solidly GOP.

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

State Senators:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R)

State Representative:
102nd District – Darwin Booher (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 66.46%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 33.54%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 72.21%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 26.83%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 57.65%,Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.35%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 96.45%, Dan Marsh (Lib) – 2.52%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 72.77%, Brian Baldwin (D) – 27.23%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 68.85%, Terry Diane Suchowesky (D) – 31.15%


2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.96%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.32%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 73.53%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 24.33%,

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 69.19%, Paul D Williamson II (D) – 28.76%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 59.13%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 39.97%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 66.03%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 32.22%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 61.79%, Gary Peters (D) – 36.32%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 51.92%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 46.89%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 72.71%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 24.33%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 66.22%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 32.00%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 71.14%, Paul Challender (D) – 28.86%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 69.37%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 28.86%

State Representative:
102nd District – Darwin Booher (R) – 68.56%, Paul Challender (D) – 31.44%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
OSCEOLA COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 5680 (57.20%), Gore – 4006 (40.34%)
2004 – Bush – 6599 (58.98%), Kerry – 4467 (39.93%)

Burdell Township
2000 - 363 (61.42%), 206 (34.86%)
2004 – 428 (63.88%), 232 (34.63%)

Cedar Township
2000 - 110 (56.70%), 80 (41.24%)
2004 – 142 (60.43%), 92 (39.15%)

Evart City
2000 - 335 (52.18%), 287 (44.70%)
2004 – 375 (52.89%), 320 (45.13%)

Evart Township
2000 - 383 (53.27%), 322 (44.78%)
2004 – 465 (57.84%), 333 (41.42%)

Hartwick Township
2000 - 175 (60.34%), 108 (37.24%)
2004 – 196 (60.68%), 122 (37.37%)

Hersey Township
2000 – 405 (53.01%), 338 (44.24%)
2004 – 461 (52.51%), 404 (46.01%)

Highland Township
2000 - 353 (70.74%), 135 (27.05%)
2004 – 408 (74.59%), 138 (25.23%)

Le Roy Township
2000 - 293 (60.16%), 178 (36.55%)
2004 – 384 (62.04%), 229 (37.00%)

Lincoln Township
2000 - 374 (57.98%), 254 (39.98%)
2004 – 387 (55.92%), 297 (42.92%)

Marion Township
2000 – 374 (58.99%), 251 (39.59%)
2004 – 423 (60.00%), 277 (39.29%)

Middle Branch Township
2000 - 204 (57.14%), 143 (40.06%)
2004 – 228 (56.58%), 169 (41.94%)

Orient Township
2000 - 195 (54.78%), 153 (42.98%)
2004 – 231 (56.07%), 177 (42.96%)

Osceola Township
2000 - 264 (57.27%), 191 (41.43%)
2004 – 257 (55.27%), 200 (43.01%)

Reed City
2000 - 505 (50.00%), 479 (47.43%)
2004 – 584 (53.19%), 501 (45.63%)

Richmond Township
2000 - 484 (57.96%), 325 (38.92%)
2004 – 598 (62.46%), 350 (36.57%)

Rose Lake Township
2000 - 354 (58.13%), 241 (39.57%)
2004 – 421 (62.46%), 248 (36.80%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 295 (66.14%), 147 (32.96%)
2004 – 339 (65.19%), 179 (34.42%)

Sylvan township
2000 - 214 (54.73%), 168 (42.97%)
2004 – 272 (57.02%), 199 (41.72%)

Osceola County is solidly GOP, and consistantly polls 55-60% for us each year at the top of the ticket. Bush swept the entire county in both elections.

The only district significantly altered by redistricting was the state senate seat. It was a Midland based central Michigan district, but now is a Northwest Michigan based district. Both are solidly republican seats.

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