The Butler/Bouchard race was very interesting by dynamics. It was a West Michigan vs East Michigan vs North Michigan matchup.
Butler won five counties, all in West Michigan. Allegan, Newaygo, Ottawa, Kent, and Barry County. Butler was close in Ionia, Muskegon, and Montcalm Counties as well - all west of Lansing. I expected him to do well there.
Bouchard did best in Northern Lower Michigan. 16 of his 18 best counties were Up North. Crawford County (Grayling) was his best county - where he got 75.38% of the vote. That does not surprise me. I expected North Michigan to be Bouchard dominent.
In East Michigan, I expected things to be close. Bouchard dominated. Butler only kept Bouchard under 10% in Lenawee County, and I suspect much of that had to do with Tim Walberg's coattails. Bouchard took 57.83% in Wayne County, 58.57% in Genesee County, 60.49% in Lapeer County, 60.85% in Livingston County, 62.58% in St Clair County, 62.80% in Monroe County, 66.06% in Macomb County and 68.16% in Oakland County. This was the difference maker.
Two BIG suprises to me were Washtenaw and Ingham Counties. Ingham went $62.25 for Bouchard and Washtenaw went 56.93% for Bouchard. I expected about 70% Bouchard in Washtenaw and for Butler to win Ingham County since he had a lot of core support in Lansing - or so it seemed.
Congratulations to Mike Bouchard, and good luck to him against Stabenow.