Sunday, May 22, 2005

Van Buren County

Van Buren County:
Location – Southwestern Michigan
Population – 76,263 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 87.92% White, 5.25% Black, .92% American Indian, .30% Asian, 3.43% Some other Race, 2.17% Two or more races, 7.39% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Paw Paw (pop 3,363)

Van Buren County is a marginal GOP county in Southwestern Michigan. It is republican in most parts of the county. Covert Township is strongly democrat due to minorities.

Government Officials Representing area:
Congressmen:
6th District – Fred Upton (R)

State Senators:
20th District – Tom George (R) – Antewp and Paw Paw Township
21st District – Ron Jelinek (R) – Rest of the County

State Representative:
80th District – Tonya Schiutmaker (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.85%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.15%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.33%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.68%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 57.39%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.61%

Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 69.25%, Clarence Annan (D) – 29.50%

State Senators:
22nd District – William Van Regenmorter (R) – 64.03%, Melvin Jay Lewis (D) – 35.97%

State Representative:
80th District – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 62.68%, Art Toy (D) – 36.13%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 54.24%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 43.55%

Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 66.25%, James Bupp (D) – 31.38%

State Representative:
80th District – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 62.55%, Art Toy (D) – 36.47%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 49.93%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.15%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 59.26%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 39.29%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 54.34%, Gary Peters (D) – 44.12%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 54.22%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 44.65%
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 68.17%, Gary C Giguere (D) – 30.74%

State Senate:
20th District – Tom George (R) – 57.85%, Ed LaForge (D) – 42.15%
21st District – Ron Jelinek (R) – 56.29%, Art Toy (D) – 43.71%

State Representative:
80th District – Mary Ann Middaugh (R) – 69.41%, Whitney Wolcott (D) – 30.59%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
6th District – Fred Upton (R) – 63.44%, Scott Elliot (D) – 34.96%

State Representative:
80th District – Tonya Schuitmaker (R) – 57.80%, Art Toy (D) – 42.20%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
VAN BUREN COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 14792 (50.17%), Gore - 13796 (46.79%)
2004 – Bush – 17634 (51.60%), Kerry – 16151 (47.26%)

Almena Township
2000 – 1078 (51.26%), 960 (45.65%)
2004 – 1469 (54.92%), 1182 (44.19%)

Antwerp Township
2000 – 2328 (52.10%), 2012 (45.03%)
2004 – 2991 (52.80%), 2618 (46.21%)

Arlington Township
2000 – 426 (55.25%), 320 (41.50%)
2004 – 501 (55.60%), 397 (44.06%)

Bangor City
2000 - 254 (43.72%), 310 (53.36%)
2004 – 330 (46.61%), 368 (51.98%)

Bangor Township
2000 – 411 (56.61%), 295 (40.63%)
2004 – 461 (57.91%), 320 (40.20%)

Bloomingdale Township
2000 – 611 (50.83%), 556 (46.26%)
2004 – 757 (55.26%), 601 (43.87%)

Columbia Township
2000 - 499 (51.34%), 446 (45.88%)
2004 – 586 (50.82%), 556 (48.22%)

Covert Township
2000 - 235 (25.60%), 658 (71.68%)
2004 – 273 (27.25%), 716 (71.46%)

Decatur Township
2000 - 630 (46.19%), 694 (50.88%)
2004 – 750 (48.23%),.786 (50.55%)

Geneva Township
2000 – 636 (48.92%), 612 (47.08%)
2004 – 684 (47.43%), 738 (51.18%)

Gobles City
2000 - 132 (45.52%), 147 (50.69%)
2004 – 172 (52.60%), 148 (45.26%)

Hamilton Township
2000 – 321 (51.52%), 282 (45.26%)
2004 – 363 (54.10%), 306 (45.60%)

Hartford City
2000 – 383 (53.72%), 313 (43.90%)
2004 – 423 (53.27%), 360 (45.37%)

Hartford Township
2000 – 555 (58.67%), 378 (39.96%)
2004 – 684 (60.80%), 427 (37.96%)

Keeler Township
2000 – 466 (56.21%) 337 (40.65%)
2004 – 554 (60.68%), 350 (38.34%)

Lawrence Township
2000 – 642 (52.75%), 535 (43.96%)
2004 – 800 (55.52%), 621 (43.10%)

Paw Paw Township
2000 – 1447 (47.72%), 1475 (48.65%)
2004 – 1614 (48.89%), 1637 (49.59%)

Pine Grove Township
2000 – 686 (53.01%), 569 (43.97%)
2004 – 794 (54.53%), 643 (44.16%)

Porter Township
2000 – 607 (51.01%), 546 (45.88%)
2004 – 758 (55.37%), 597 (43.61%)

South Haven City
2000 – 1162 (47.96%), 1190 (49.11%)
2004 – 1166 (46.25%), 1321 (52.52%)

South Haven Township
2000 – 774 (50.52%), 710 (46.34%)
2004 – 891 (49.17%), 901 (49.72%)

Waverly Township
2000 - 509 (51.57%), 451 (45.69%)
2004 – 613 (52.08%), 555 (47.15%)

Van Buren County is much less Republican than other West Michigan Counties. The only two more democrat counties are Kalamazoo (University based) and Muskegon (Union based). Most of the areas here which went democrat, did so narrowly. Covert is the main exception. The South Haven area has some democrat support as well.

This is a competitive county for statewide races, and may be competitive if Fred Upton retires, and for Tom George’s senate race (since Kalamazoo County is treading democrat). Redistricting split the state senate district, but the rest was unchanged.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Moveon.org has established a base in South Haven and through their efforts has recenly elected a Democrat mayor.