Sunday, May 22, 2005

Wexford County

Wexford County:
Location – Northern Michigan
Population – 30,484 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 97.29% White, .19% Black, .74% American Indian, .42% Asian, .24% Some other Race, 1.09% Two or more races, 1.01% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Cadillac (pop 10,000)

Wexford County is a solid GOP county in Northern Michigan. It is North of Grand Rapids where US 131 stops being an expressway.

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

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

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

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 67.06%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.84%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 73.11%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 25.09%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 54.07%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.93%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 64.70%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 32.22%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 64.63%, Joel Casler (D) – 35.17%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 62.81%, Terry Diane Suchowesky (D) – 37.19%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 59.08%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 37.46%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 61.88%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 33.77%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 62.25%, Paul D Williamson II (D) – 32.52%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 56.37%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 42.28%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 65.62%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 32.01%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 59.25%, Gary Peters (D) – 37.76%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 56.10%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 42.13%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 70.07%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 27.09%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 63.09%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 33.76%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 70.22%, Paul Challender (D) – 29.78%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 69.27%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 28.57%

State Representative:
102nd District – Darwin E Booher (R) – 64.57%, Paul Challender (D) – 35.43%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
WEXFORD COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 7215 (55.56%), 5326 (41.03%)
2004 – Bush – 8966 (59.14%), 6034 (39.80%)

Antioch Township
2000 - 210 (59.83%), 139 (39.60%)
2004 – 257 (60.61%), 161 (37.97%)

Boon Township
2000 - 138 (48.76%), 130 (45.94%)
2004 – 174 (50.43%), 159 (46.09%)

Cadillac City
2000 – 2068 (52.49%), 1733 (43.98%)
2004 – 2466 (56.10%), 1883 (42.89%)

Cedar Creek Township
2000 - 364 (63.41%), 191 (33.28%)
2004 – 456 (62.98%), 261 (36.05%)

Cherry Grove Township
2000 - 754 (58.36%), 508 (39.32%)
2004 – 894 (61.49%), 544 (37.41%)

Clam Lake Township
2000 - 679 (58.94%), 428 (37.15%)
2004 – 826 (59.81%), 548 (39.68%)

Colfax Township
2000 – 219 (64.04%) 111 (32.46%)
2004 – 268 (65.21%), 138 (33.58%)

Greenwood Township
2000 – 145 (61.44%), 85 (36.02%)
2004 – 168 (61.54%), 100 (36.63%)

Hanover Township
2000 - 263 (56.80%), 178 (38.44%)
2004 – 376 (58.75%), 259 (40.47%)

Haring Township
2000 - 684 (55.84%), 499 (40.73%)
2004 – 897 (62.42%), 525 (36.53%)

Henderson Township
2000 - 53 (54.64%), 41 (42.27%)
2004 – 64 (58.72%), 43 (39.45%)

Liberty Township
2000 - 181 (58.77%), 120 (38.96%)
2004 – 230 (63.01%), 132 (36.16%)

Manton City
2000 – 256 (51.82%), 217 (43.93%)
2004 – 314 (58.26%), 220 (40.82%)

Selma Township
2000 – 495 (56.64%), 355 (40.62%)
2004 – 656 (62.24%), 387 (36.72%)

Slagle Township
2000 – 99 (39.60%), 138 (55.20%)
2004 – 146 (51.59%), 132 (46.64%)

South Branch Township
2000 – 94 (51.09%), 81 (44.02%)
2004 – 123 (57.48%), 90 (42.06%)

Springville Township
2000 – 317 (51.63%), 272 (44.30%)
2004 – 399 (56.36%), 303 (42.80%)

Wexford Township
2000 - 191 (62.42%), 100 (32.68%)
2004 – 257 (62.99%), 149 (36.52%)

Wexford County took a strong right turn in 2004, with Bush making percentage gains everywhere outside of Cedar Creek Twp. Slagle Twp made a big swing for Bush after he was held under 40% in 2000. Redistrict did not change much in Wexford County. This is a strong Republican county and will likely continue to be for years to come.

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