Saturday, June 11, 2005

Mecosta County

Mecosta County:
Location – Western/Northwestern Michigan
Population – 40,553 (2000 Census)
Demographics – 92.68% White, 3.60% Black, .64% American Indian, .87% Asian, .37% Some other Race, 1.79% Two or more races, 1.28% Hispanic or Latino(of any race)
County Seat – Big Rapids (pop 10,849)

Mecosta County is a mostly rural GOP leaning county in Western Michigan west of Mt Pleasant. It is also the home of Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

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) – 67.21%, Geoffrey Fieger (D) – 32.78%
Secretary of State - Candice Miller (R) – 72.48%, Mary Lou Parks (D) – 25.56%
Attorney General - John Smietanka (R) – 53.42%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 46.58%

Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 88.39%, Dan Marsh (Libertarian) – 8.19%

State Senators:
23rd District – Joanne Emmons (R) – 66.69%, Louis Gula (D) – 30.91%

State Representative:
100th District – M Pumford (R) – 61.09%, Glenn Perley (D) – 38.91%

2000 Results Countywide
US Senate - Spence Abraham (R) – 58.12%, Debbie Stabenow (D) – 39.46%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.75%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 28.62%

State Representative:
100th District – M Pumford (R) – 62.90%, – Cheryl Sterling – 37.10%

2002 Results Countywide
Governor – Dick Posthumus (R) – 54.66%, Jennifer Granholm (D) – 44.28%
Secretary of State - Terri Lynn Land (R) – 62.85%, Butch Hollowell (D) – 34.99%
Attorney General – Mike Cox (R)
– 56.48%, Gary Peters (D) – 40.31%
US Senate - Carl Levin (D) – 54.29%, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski (R) – 44.09%
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 67.36%, Lawrence Hollenbeck (D) – 31.14%

State Senate:
35th District – Michelle McManus (R) – 62.70%, Carl Dahlberg (D) – 35.17%

State Representative:
102nd District – Rick Johnson (R) – 60.92%, Paul Challender (D) – 39.08%

2004 Results Countywide
Congress:
4th District – Dave Camp (R) – 64.02%, Mike Huckleberry (D) – 39.02%

State Representative:
102nd District – Darwin Booher (R) – 59.92%, Paul Challender (D) – 40.08%

2000, 2004 Presidential Results
First number Bush, Second number Democrat
Areas that flipped are in Bold.
MECOSTA COUNTY
2000 – Bush – 8072 (54.71%), Gore - 6300 (42.70%)
2004 – Bush – 9710 (55.23%), Kerry – 7730 (43.97%)

Aetna Township
2000 - 399 (58.16%), 277 (40.38%)
2004 - 469 (57.41%), 340 (41.62%)

Austin Township
2000 - 300 (57.58%), 213 (40.88%)
2004 – 385 (59.97%), 253 (39.41%)

Big Rapids City
2000 - 1065 (46.10%), 1155 (50.00%)
2004 – 1227 (44.81%), 1479 (54.02%)

Big Rapids Township
2000 - 804 (57.97%), 550 (39.65%)
2004 – 986 (58.55%), 693 (41.15%)

Chippewa Township
2000 - 267 (53.08%), 224 (44.53%)
2004 – 292 (49.32%), 299 (50.51%)

Colfax Township
2000 - 514 (55.21%), 382 (41.03%)
2004 – 648 (58.22%), 458 (41.15%)

Deerfield Township
2000 - 321 (64.98%), 165 (33.40%)
2004 – 366 (63.65%), 206 (35.83%)

Fork Township
2000 - 370 (54.49%), 294 (43.30%)
2004 – 436 (54.98%), 349 (44.01%)

Grant Township
2000 - 193 (60.12%), 121 (37.69%)
2004 – 228 (61.46%), 140 (37.74%)

Green township
2000 - 711 (54.11%), 566 (43.07%)
2004 – 883 (55.82%), 689 (43.55%)

Hinton Township
2000 – 244 (59.80%), 155 (37.99%)
2004 – 306 (64.29%), 167 (35.08%)

Martiny Township
2000 - 312 (46.15%), 348 (51.48%)
2004 – 383 (47.28%), 424 (52.35%)

Mecosta Township
2000 - 533 (57.44%), 371 (39.98%)
2004 – 697 (59.62%), 461 (39.44%)

Millbrook Township
2000 - 232 (57.71%), 157 (39.05%)
2004 – 276 (58.60%),.194 (41.19%)

Morton township
2000 - 1245 (58.98%), 830 (39.32%)
2004 – 1474 (58.61%), 1018 (40.48%)

Sheridan Township
2000 - 216 (46.85%), 236 (51.19%)
2004 – 286 (48.31%), 300 (50.68%)

Wheatland Township
2000 - 346 (55.63%), 256 (41.16%)
2004 – 386 (57.19%), 280 (41.48%)

Mecosta County showed the pattern of a lot of Michigan communities between 2000 and 2004. Bush improved in the rural areas, and was crushed in college towns due to larger democrat turnout there. Big Rapids took a strong democrat shift in 2004 while the rest of the county in general took a right shift. I’m not sure what happened in Chippewa Township which bucked the trend. It’s not near Big Rapids, although it borders Martiny which went dem both times. It might just be turnout.

Redistricting changed a few districts here. Mecosta was moved from a Mt Pleasant based state senate district, to a NW Lake Michigan based district. The state senate district was also changed to a more northern district.

I can see Mecosta taking both a right shift, or a left shift depending on how left wing Big Rapids goes. If it goes back to a 50/50 area, then this county won’t be competitive. If it moves towards a 60% dem city, then I can see this county becoming another Isabella County.

2 comments:

AuH2ORepublican said...

I had heard that, back when he was a State Senator, Mike Rogers passed a law that mandated that college students register to vote in their permanent home, not in their temporary "home" while attending school. If this is true, how could so many college students vote in college towns such as Big Rapids and Ann Arbor?

Republican Michigander said...

A lot of students who live off-campus vote there as well. Grad students in particular. Those are also usually the most liberal.