Sunday, June 05, 2005

Mason County

Mason County:
Location – West/Northwest Michigan
Population – 28,274 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 95.84% White, .73% Black, .78% American Indian, .28% Asian, .82% Some other Race, 1.53% Two or more races, 3.01% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Ludington (pop 8,357)

Mason County is a competitive county in West/Northwest Michigan on the Lake Michigan Coast. It is North of Oceana County and South of Manistee.

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

State Senators:
35th District – Gerald Van Woerkom (R)


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

1998 Results Countywide:(Winners overall in bold)
Governor - John Engler (R) – 66.10%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 33.90%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 71.17%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 27.20%
Attorney General - Jennifer Granholm (D) – 50.24%, John Smietanka (R) – 49.76%

Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 57.53%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 40.36%

State Senators:
35th District – Bill Schuette (R) – 68.17%, Brian Baldwin (D) – 31.83%

State Representative:
101st District – David Mead (R) – 54.45%, Lance Hendrickson (D) – 54.38%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 55.98%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 41.07%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 56.85%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 40.34%

State Representative:
101st District - Nick Krieger (D) – 51.56%, – David Mead (R) – 48.44%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 53.09%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 45.58%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 62.33%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 35.20%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R) – 55.07%, Gary Peters (D) – 41.49%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 57.95%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 40.47%
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 65.72%, Jeffrey Wrisley (D) – 32.17%

State Senate:
34th District – Gerald Van Woerkom (R) – 51.07%, Bob Shrauger (D) – 46.12%

State Representative:
101st District – Nick Krieger (D) – 51.91%, David Palsrock (R) – 48.09%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
2nd District – Pete Hoekstra (R) – 64.78%, Kimon Kotos (D) – 33.86%

State Representative:
101st District – David Palsrock (R) – 56.84%, Rick Gebhard (D) – 43.16%

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

MASON COUNTY
2000 – Bush - 7066 (54.29%), Gore – 5579 (42.86%)
2004 – Bush – 8124 (55.60%), Kerry – 6333 (43.34%)

Amber Township
2000 - 558 (58.31%), 374 (39.08%)
2004 – 698 (59.40%), 464 (39.49%)

Branch Township
2000 - 257 (50.89%), 239 (47.33%)
2004 – 297 (53.71%), 250 (45.21%)

Custer Township
2000 - 343 (58.73%), 226 (38.70%)
2004 – 354 (53.88%), 295 (44.90%)

Eden Township
2000 - 111 (50.45%), 108 (49.09%)
2004 – 151 (54.51%), 124 (44.77%)

Free Soil Township
2000 – 166 (39.71%), 242 (57.89%)
2004 - 210 (42.77%), 274 (55.80%)

Grant Township
2000 - 184 (48.42%), 187 (49.21%)
2004 – 203 (44.91%), 245 (54.20%)

Hamlin Township
2000 - 994 (56.45%), 716 (40.66%)
2004 – 1186 (59.84%),.779 (39.30%)

Logan Township
2000 - 90 (59.21%), 58 (38.16%)
2004 – 90 (53.57%), 74 (44.05%)

Ludington City
2000 - 1871 (50.64%), 1692 (45.79%)
2004 – 2056 (52.98%), 1786 (46.02%)

Meade Township
2000 - 55 (65.48%), 28 (33.33%)
2004 – 45 (54.22%), 37 (44.58%)

Pere Marquette Township
2000 - 692 (56.54%), 495 (40.44%)
2004 – 814 (59.94%), 532 (39.18%)

Riverton Township
2000 - 322 (60.98%), 195 (36.93%)
2004 – 389 (61.75%), 236 (37.46%)

Scottville City
2000 - 274 (54.58%), 210 (41.83%)
2004 – 298 (55.49%), 231 (43.02%)

Sheridan Township
2000 - 220 (50.93%), 198 (45.83%)
2004 – 234 (49.06%), 241 (50.52%)

Sherman Township
2000 - 269 (56.28%), 198 (41.42%)
2004 – 324 (56.64%), 240 (41.96%)

Summit Township
2000 - 327 (59.24%), 214 (38.77%)
2004 – 370 (61.06%), 234 (38.61%)

Victory Township
2000 - 333 (61.21%), 199 (36.59%)
2004 – 405 (59.12%), 271 (39.56%)

Mason County is a marginal GOP county in West/Northwest Michigan. Sheridan Township flipped from Bush to Kerry, but county results were overall similar with Bush and Kerry slightly gaining from the 2000 results here.

Redistricting took Mason County away from the Midland State Senate district, and placed it in the Muskegon based district which is 50/50. Nick Krieger must have had strong regional support here in his state rep races as he ran far ahead of the democrat ticket and won the county. The 101st district may be interesting when Palsrock is term limited out. It’s not a gimme with Manistee and Benzie Counties there. Gerald Van Woerkom will have another tough race ahead of him in 2006, but he’s used to them being from Muskegon County.

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