Sunday, June 05, 2005

Manistee County

Manistee County:
Location – West/Northwest Michigan
Population – 24,527 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 94.16% White, 1.63% Black, 1.30% American Indian, .32% Asian, 1.01% Some other Race, 1.55% Two or more races, 2.61% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Manistee (pop 6,586)

Manistee County is a swing county in West/Northwest Michigan on the Lake Michigan Coast. It is North of Ludington and South of Frankfort.

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

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


State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R)

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 62.85%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 37.15%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 67.66%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 31.25%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 50.01%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.99%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 58.68%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 40.13%

State Senators:
36th District – George McManus (R) – 61.35%, Joel Casler (D) – 38.65%

State Representative:
101st District – David Mead (R) – 54.45%, Lance Hendrickson (D) – 45.55%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 52.64%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 44.78%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 57.45%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 40.65%

State Representative:
101st District – David Mead (R) – 58.35%, Nick Krieger (D) – 41.65%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 49.45%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 49.31%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 57.63%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 40.50%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 51.21%, Gary Peters (D) – 46.41%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 61.36%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 37.41%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 61.89%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 36.17%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 57.91%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 40.23%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 54.11%, Nick Krieger (D) – 45.89%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 62.60%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 35.76%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 52.04%, Rick Gebhard (D) – 47.96%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
MANISTEE COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 5401 (47.26%), Gore – 5639 (49.34%)
2004 – Bush – 6295 (49.41%), Kerry – 6272 (49.23%)

Arcadia Township
2000 - 208 (50.24%), 192 (46.38%)
2004 – 234 (54.67%), 191 (44.63%)

Bear Lake Township
2000 - 400 (52.42%), 333 (43.64%)
2004 – 476 (54.40%), 389 (44.46%)

Brown Township
2000 - 191 (54.89%), 144 (41.38%)
2004 – 232 (55.11%), 178 (42.28%)

Cleon Township
2000 - 201 (53.03%), 167 (44.06%)
2004 – 255 (58.09%), 181 (41.23%)

Dickson Township
2000 - 198 (45.83%), 217 (50.23%)
2004 – 225 (45.00%), 264 (52.80%)

Filer Township
2000 - 506 (42.20%), 664 (55.38%)
2004 – 586 (44.50%), 725 (55.05%)

Manistee City
2000 - 1261 (42.23%), 1622 (54.32%)
2004 – 1441 (44.88%), 1719 (53.53%)

Manistee Township
2000 - 726 (46.66%), 781 (50.19%)
2004 – 787 (47.38%), 850 (51.17%)

Maple Grove Township
2000 - 257 (51.20%), 223 (44.42%)
2004 – 304 (52.96%), 257 (44.77%)

Marilla Township
2000 - 103 (54.79%), 78 (41.49%)
2004 – 124 (59.05%), 83 (39.52%)

Norman Township
2000 - 318 (45.89%), 349 (50.36%)
2004 – 367 (46.69%), 405 (51.53%)

Onekama Township
2000 - 470 (55.23%), 350 (41.13%)
2004 – 531 (56.01%), 409 (43.14%)

Pleasanton Township
2000 - 258 (60.28%), 154 (35.98%)
2004 – 312 (65.00%), 164 (34.17%)

Springdale Township
2000 – 152 (47.80%), 158 (49.69%)
2004 – 186 (46.38%), 210 (52.37%)

Stronach Township
2000 - 162 (42.52%), 207 (54.33%)
2004 – 235 (47.96%), 247 (50.41%)

Manistee is one of the few swing counties in Northwestern Michigan. Seven municipalities went to Gore and Kerry, and eight went for Bush. The county itself flipped in 2004 due to increases in Bush support in the City of Manistee, and the county overall. The 101st state rep district may be a sleeper if a democrat gets enough support in GOP leaning Ludington or Leelanau Counties. This county should be competitive again in the next few elections.

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