Sunday, October 18, 2009

Alger County - Updated

Alger County is in the UP. It contains Picture Rocks National Lakeshore on its east side. Its west side is close to Marquette. Alger County, like many counties in the UP, leans democrat, although Bush won it in 2000. Social moderate-conservative (pro-life) democrats run best in these parts, and they are still common in the UP.

For the previous Alger County Profile from before the 06 election - Click here. 

Background:
Location - Upper Peninsula
Population estimates - 9,862 (2000 census)
County Seat - Munising (Population 2539)
Ethnic makeup - 87.8% White, 6.1% Black, 3.3% American Indian, 0.3% Asian, 2.0% of more than one race. 1.0% Hispanic/Latino.

Local Elected Officials as of 2008 election:
County:
Prosecutor - Karen A Bahrman - Republican
Sheriff - David Cromwell - Democrat
Clerk - Mary Ann Froberg - Democrat
Treasurer - Pam Johnson - Democrat
Register of Deeds - Karen V Healy - Republican
Road Commissioner - Paul Heyrman - Democrat
County Commissioners - 4 Democrats, 1 Republican

Township officials - Not sure.

1998 was an aberration, especially on the state level, as the UP is more state democrat than federal democrat with the legacies of representatives like Dominick Jacobetti and Joe Mack who always brought home the bacon for the UP. Corrections is or at least was a big part of the economy in the UP, and it shows in the voting patterns. Engler winning Alger County just shows how "popular" Mr. Fieger is. Fieger's winning of some townships showed how popular Engler was in those areas too. Fieger won big in Mathias Township, and ran ahead of Gore and Kerry there. Rock River Township was also more friendly to Fieger than Gore and Kerry.


98 Governor
Engler
Fieger
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
228
184
0
412
44
55.34%
44.66%
10.68%
Burt Township
197
94
0
291
103
67.70%
32.30%
35.40%
Grand Island Twp
18
10
0
28
8
64.29%
35.71%
28.57%
Limestone Twp
75
76
0
151
-1
49.67%
50.33%
-0.66%
Mathias Twp
69
115
0
184
-46
37.50%
62.50%
-25.00%
City of Munising
494
280
0
774
214
63.82%
36.18%
27.65%
Munising Twp
434
279
0
713
155
60.87%
39.13%
21.74%
Onota Twp
65
72
0
137
-7
47.45%
52.55%
-5.11%
Rock River Twp
214
248
0
462
-34
46.32%
53.68%
-7.36%










1794
1358
0
3152
436
56.92%
43.08%
13.83%


Candice Miller's 1998 run was also an aberration. It's the gold standard for the GOP in Michigan. Part of that was Fieger's reverse coattails. Most of it was Miller cleaning up the mess of the last term of Richard Austin. Austin wasn't crooked or anything like that as far as I know, but the Secretary of State's office was legendary for its inefficiency.


98 Sec of State
Miller
Parks
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
259
153
8
420
106
61.67%
36.43%
25.24%
Burt Township
191
87
1
279
104
68.46%
31.18%
37.28%
Grand Island Twp
21
8
0
29
13
72.41%
27.59%
44.83%
Limestone Twp
88
59
0
147
29
59.86%
40.14%
19.73%
Mathias Twp
104
83
1
188
21
55.32%
44.15%
11.17%
City of Munising
524
214
11
749
310
69.96%
28.57%
41.39%
Munising Twp
487
210
10
707
277
68.88%
29.70%
39.18%
Onota Twp
84
59
1
144
25
58.33%
40.97%
17.36%
Rock River Twp
246
214
3
463
32
53.13%
46.22%
6.91%










2004
1087
35
3126
917
64.11%
34.77%
29.33%


The Attorney General race was where the dems put the eggs in the basket in 98. It paid off, here and statewide.


98 Att. General
Smietanka
Granholm
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
191
226
0
417
-35
45.80%
54.20%
-8.39%
Burt Township
147
107
0
254
40
57.87%
42.13%
15.75%
Grand Island Twp
15
14
0
29
1
51.72%
48.28%
3.45%
Limestone Twp
72
77
0
149
-5
48.32%
51.68%
-3.36%
Mathias Twp
62
123
0
185
-61
33.51%
66.49%
-32.97%
City of Munising
364
378
0
742
-14
49.06%
50.94%
-1.89%
Munising Twp
345
347
0
692
-2
49.86%
50.14%
-0.29%
Onota Twp
55
87
0
142
-32
38.73%
61.27%
-22.54%
Rock River Twp
154
305
0
459
-151
33.55%
66.45%
-32.90%










1405
1664
0
3069
-259
45.78%
54.22%
-8.44%

The old 1st Congressional district covered the entire UP. Redistricting did not change that. It only changed part of the lower peninsula that was covered. Michelle McManus I believe was a state rep when she ran against Stupak. She's now a state senator and is running for Secretary of State. Good people seem to hit a wall when they take on Stupak. It will take a 1994 to defeat him.


1st District Congress
McManus
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
132
291
4
427
-159
30.91%
68.15%
-37.24%
Burt Township
101
187
2
290
-86
34.83%
64.48%
-29.66%
Grand Island Twp
11
17
0
28
-6
39.29%
60.71%
-21.43%
Limestone Twp
62
93
2
157
-31
39.49%
59.24%
-19.75%
Mathias Twp
44
153
2
199
-109
22.11%
76.88%
-54.77%
City of Munising
303
488
9
800
-185
37.88%
61.00%
-23.13%
Munising Twp
280
436
8
724
-156
38.67%
60.22%
-21.55%
Onota Twp
42
100
3
145
-58
28.97%
68.97%
-40.00%
Rock River Twp
135
348
4
487
-213
27.72%
71.46%
-43.74%










1110
2113
34
3257
-1003
34.08%
64.88%
-30.80%




The state rep seat did some minor changes after 02, but not many. Alger County is in the Marquette based district and is solidly democrat. The state senate district changed more as Alger County was placed in the Western UP and Marquette district, not the Eastern UP/Northern Lower district. Walt North, from St Ignace, won the old 37th State Senate district easily, but he lost Alger County, to a "troll." (defined as someone who lives below the bridge.) That explains how much of a yellow dog tradition there was and is in Alger County on the state level.


State Senate 37
North
Chase
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
192
217
0
409
-25
46.94%
53.06%
-6.11%
Burt Township
156
110
0
266
46
58.65%
41.35%
17.29%
Grand Island Twp
15
14
0
29
1
51.72%
48.28%
3.45%
Limestone Twp
62
79
0
141
-17
43.97%
56.03%
-12.06%
Mathias Twp
60
117
0
177
-57
33.90%
66.10%
-32.20%
City of Munising
382
369
0
751
13
50.87%
49.13%
1.73%
Munising Twp
349
334
0
683
15
51.10%
48.90%
2.20%
Onota Twp
54
85
0
139
-31
38.85%
61.15%
-22.30%
Rock River Twp
163
277
0
440
-114
37.05%
62.95%
-25.91%










1433
1602
0
3035
-169
47.22%
52.78%
-5.57%


The state rep district was and is the most democrat in the UP. Prusi became a state senator later.


State Rep 109
DesParois
Prusi
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
107
314
0
421
-207
25.42%
74.58%
-49.17%
Burt Township
101
167
0
268
-66
37.69%
62.31%
-24.63%
Grand Island Twp
11
18
0
29
-7
37.93%
62.07%
-24.14%
Limestone Twp
46
103
0
149
-57
30.87%
69.13%
-38.26%
Mathias Twp
27
167
0
194
-140
13.92%
86.08%
-72.16%
City of Munising
208
543
0
751
-335
27.70%
72.30%
-44.61%
Munising Twp
224
477
0
701
-253
31.95%
68.05%
-36.09%
Onota Twp
36
106
0
142
-70
25.35%
74.65%
-49.30%
Rock River Twp
87
386
0
473
-299
18.39%
81.61%
-63.21%










847
2281
0
3128
-1434
27.08%
72.92%
-45.84%

2000 showed how unpopular Gore was in Alger County. He didn't win it. Much of that was underperforming Fieger in the major democrat townships like Mathias and Rock River. Onata and Limestone are strongholds for the dems as well, but Limestone was under 50% for Gore. Kerry corrected this in 04, as Alger County was the only county in Michigan to vote for Bush and Kerry. It was contrary to the trends in Michigan.


2000 President
Bush
Gore
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
299
252
21
572
47
52.27%
44.06%
8.22%
Burt Township
167
144
17
328
23
50.91%
43.90%
7.01%
Grand Island Twp
17
14
0
31
3
54.84%
45.16%
9.68%
Limestone Twp
93
102
10
205
-9
45.37%
49.76%
-4.39%
Mathias Twp
107
136
12
255
-29
41.96%
53.33%
-11.37%
City of Munising
540
582
35
1157
-42
46.67%
50.30%
-3.63%
Munising Twp
560
398
29
987
162
56.74%
40.32%
16.41%
Onota Twp
90
123
12
225
-33
40.00%
54.67%
-14.67%
Rock River Twp
269
320
17
606
-51
44.39%
52.81%
-8.42%










2142
2071
153
4366
71
49.06%
47.43%
1.63%

Surprisingly, neither did Stabenow.


2000 Senate
Abraham
Stabenow
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
303
244
13
560
59
54.11%
43.57%
10.54%
Burt Township
164
132
13
309
32
53.07%
42.72%
10.36%
Grand Island Twp
15
13
0
28
2
53.57%
46.43%
7.14%
Limestone Twp
86
106
4
196
-20
43.88%
54.08%
-10.20%
Mathias Twp
108
125
4
237
-17
45.57%
52.74%
-7.17%
City of Munising
530
545
32
1107
-15
47.88%
49.23%
-1.36%
Munising Twp
541
397
32
970
144
55.77%
40.93%
14.85%
Onota Twp
99
111
4
214
-12
46.26%
51.87%
-5.61%
Rock River Twp
267
305
20
592
-38
45.10%
51.52%
-6.42%










2113
1978
122
4213
135
50.15%
46.95%
3.20%


Stupak won easily as he does every election.


1st District
Yob
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
228
339
3
570
-111
40.00%
59.47%
-19.47%
Burt Township
109
203
0
312
-94
34.94%
65.06%
-30.13%
Grand Island Twp
11
20
0
31
-9
35.48%
64.52%
-29.03%
Limestone Twp
73
117
7
197
-44
37.06%
59.39%
-22.34%
Mathias Twp
82
159
2
243
-77
33.74%
65.43%
-31.69%
City of Munising
403
734
6
1143
-331
35.26%
64.22%
-28.96%
Munising Twp
450
540
8
998
-90
45.09%
54.11%
-9.02%
Onota Twp
78
141
1
220
-63
35.45%
64.09%
-28.64%
Rock River Twp
211
378
9
598
-167
35.28%
63.21%
-27.93%










1645
2631
36
4312
-986
38.15%
61.02%
-22.87%


There was an open seat state rep spot open. It's the most democrat district in the UP, so it was not a surprise. Adamini ran even better than Stupak, which is a surprise.


State Rep 109
Rydholm
Adamini
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
227
315
0
542
-88
41.88%
58.12%
-16.24%
Burt Township
107
163
0
270
-56
39.63%
60.37%
-20.74%
Grand Island Twp
11
19
0
30
-8
36.67%
63.33%
-26.67%
Limestone Twp
65
115
0
180
-50
36.11%
63.89%
-27.78%
Mathias Twp
60
158
0
218
-98
27.52%
72.48%
-44.95%
City of Munising
360
674
0
1034
-314
34.82%
65.18%
-30.37%
Munising Twp
413
526
0
939
-113
43.98%
56.02%
-12.03%
Onota Twp
73
137
0
210
-64
34.76%
65.24%
-30.48%
Rock River Twp
59
126
0
185
-67
31.89%
68.11%
-36.22%










1375
2233
0
3608
-858
38.11%
61.89%
-23.78%


2002 was a mixed bag year overall. Alger County voted for Granholm over Posthumus in the gubernatorial race.


02 Governor
Posthumus
Granholm
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
226
227
7
460
-1
49.13%
49.35%
-0.22%
Burt Township
116
122
4
242
-6
47.93%
50.41%
-2.48%
Grand Island Twp
13
16
0
29
-3
44.83%
55.17%
-10.34%
Limestone Twp
77
86
2
165
-9
46.67%
52.12%
-5.45%
Mathias Twp
75
144
4
223
-69
33.63%
64.57%
-30.94%
City of Munising
407
509
8
924
-102
44.05%
55.09%
-11.04%
Munising Twp
440
343
14
797
97
55.21%
43.04%
12.17%
Onota Twp
74
91
1
166
-17
44.58%
54.82%
-10.24%
Rock River Twp
195
317
9
521
-122
37.43%
60.84%
-23.42%










1623
1855
49
3527
-232
46.02%
52.59%
-6.58%

The Secretary of State race was open, and Terri Land beat Butch Hollowell statewide, and in Alger County.


02 Sec of State
Land
Hollowell
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
255
175
13
443
80
57.56%
39.50%
18.06%
Burt Township
120
93
3
216
27
55.56%
43.06%
12.50%
Grand Island Twp
15
13
0
28
2
53.57%
46.43%
7.14%
Limestone Twp
77
78
2
157
-1
49.04%
49.68%
-0.64%
Mathias Twp
81
121
3
205
-40
39.51%
59.02%
-19.51%
City of Munising
398
431
15
844
-33
47.16%
51.07%
-3.91%
Munising Twp
458
302
21
781
156
58.64%
38.67%
19.97%
Onota Twp
73
86
3
162
-13
45.06%
53.09%
-8.02%
Rock River Twp
227
256
9
492
-29
46.14%
52.03%
-5.89%










1704
1555
69
3328
149
51.20%
46.72%
4.48%


The AG race went for Mike Cox, but Gary Peters won Alger County, but a better percentage than Granholm.


02 Att General
Cox
Peters
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
210
214
21
445
-4
47.19%
48.09%
-0.90%
Burt Township
96
115
3
214
-19
44.86%
53.74%
-8.88%
Grand Island Twp
15
13
0
28
2
53.57%
46.43%
7.14%
Limestone Twp
60
92
3
155
-32
38.71%
59.35%
-20.65%
Mathias Twp
57
141
4
202
-84
28.22%
69.80%
-41.58%
City of Munising
371
468
15
854
-97
43.44%
54.80%
-11.36%
Munising Twp
386
374
23
783
12
49.30%
47.77%
1.53%
Onota Twp
63
92
3
158
-29
39.87%
58.23%
-18.35%
Rock River Twp
197
277
12
486
-80
40.53%
57.00%
-16.46%










1455
1786
84
3325
-331
43.76%
53.71%
-9.95%











Carl Levin for some reason is never strongly challenged. Why I don't understand because he's done jack and squat for Michigan, even supporting permanent most favored nation trade status with the Chinese government. Rocky was thrown to the wolves in 2002, and it showed.


02 Senate
Raczkowski
Lenin
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
154
295
8
457
-141
33.70%
64.55%
-30.85%
Burt Township
83
136
3
222
-53
37.39%
61.26%
-23.87%
Grand Island Twp
10
18
0
28
-8
35.71%
64.29%
-28.57%
Limestone Twp
60
101
3
164
-41
36.59%
61.59%
-25.00%
Mathias Twp
40
179
3
222
-139
18.02%
80.63%
-62.61%
City of Munising
267
614
5
886
-347
30.14%
69.30%
-39.16%
Munising Twp
286
494
14
794
-208
36.02%
62.22%
-26.20%
Onota Twp
52
111
2
165
-59
31.52%
67.27%
-35.76%
Rock River Twp
147
356
5
508
-209
28.94%
70.08%
-41.14%










1099
2304
43
3446
-1205
31.89%
66.86%
-34.97%
 
Redistricting didn't affect Alger County which stayed in the 1st district, but it gave Bart Stupak an easier district overall. The result here was a 10% better performance.


1st district
Hooper
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
126
330
3
459
-204
27.45%
71.90%
-44.44%
Burt Township
65
166
0
231
-101
28.14%
71.86%
-43.72%
Grand Island Twp
8
20
0
28
-12
28.57%
71.43%
-42.86%
Limestone Twp
49
112
2
163
-63
30.06%
68.71%
-38.65%
Mathias Twp
36
183
5
224
-147
16.07%
81.70%
-65.63%
City of Munising
207
694
5
906
-487
22.85%
76.60%
-53.75%
Munising Twp
230
562
10
802
-332
28.68%
70.07%
-41.40%
Onota Twp
54
110
1
165
-56
32.73%
66.67%
-33.94%
Rock River Twp
138
374
4
516
-236
26.74%
72.48%
-45.74%










913
2551
30
3494
-1638
26.13%
73.01%
-46.88%


The State Senate district did change. The western UP and Marquette district moved east to pick up Alger County. This was an open district, with Michael Prusi, who represented the area as a state rep, winning.


38th District Senate
Schoenow
Prusi
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
146
305
0
451
-159
32.37%
67.63%
-35.25%
Burt Township
86
132
0
218
-46
39.45%
60.55%
-21.10%
Grand Island Twp
10
18
0
28
-8
35.71%
64.29%
-28.57%
Limestone Twp
56
106
0
162
-50
34.57%
65.43%
-30.86%
Mathias Twp
46
180
0
226
-134
20.35%
79.65%
-59.29%
City of Munising
268
614
0
882
-346
30.39%
69.61%
-39.23%
Munising Twp
301
492
0
793
-191
37.96%
62.04%
-24.09%
Onota Twp
52
111
0
163
-59
31.90%
68.10%
-36.20%
Rock River Twp
140
374
0
514
-234
27.24%
72.76%
-45.53%










1105
2332
0
3437
-1227
32.15%
67.85%
-35.70%

The State Rep district did not change much, at least with Alger County. It's still the Marquette district and Stephen Adamini won re-election.


109th State Rep
Hafeman
Adamini
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
152
284
0
436
-132
34.86%
65.14%
-30.28%
Burt Township
82
134
0
216
-52
37.96%
62.04%
-24.07%
Grand Island Twp
11
17
0
28
-6
39.29%
60.71%
-21.43%
Limestone Twp
52
101
0
153
-49
33.99%
66.01%
-32.03%
Mathias Twp
41
168
0
209
-127
19.62%
80.38%
-60.77%
City of Munising
244
600
0
844
-356
28.91%
71.09%
-42.18%
Munising Twp
301
463
0
764
-162
39.40%
60.60%
-21.20%
Onota Twp
47
114
0
161
-67
29.19%
70.81%
-41.61%
Rock River Twp
142
358
0
500
-216
28.40%
71.60%
-43.20%










1072
2239
0
3311
-1167
32.38%
67.62%
-35.25%


2004 returned Alger County to the democrats when it came to the presidential race. This was the only Bush county in Michigan to vote for John Kerry. It was a narrow win for Kerry and wasn't confined to one area causing the county to flip.


04 President
Bush
Kerry
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
350
291
7
648
59
54.01%
44.91%
9.10%
Burt Township
161
174
6
341
-13
47.21%
51.03%
-3.81%
Grand Island Twp
21
11
0
32
10
65.63%
34.38%
31.25%
Limestone Twp
96
125
1
222
-29
43.24%
56.31%
-13.06%
Mathias Twp
111
189
2
302
-78
36.75%
62.58%
-25.83%
City of Munising
537
643
12
1192
-106
45.05%
53.94%
-8.89%
Munising Twp
607
471
15
1093
136
55.54%
43.09%
12.44%
Onota Twp
114
136
1
251
-22
45.42%
54.18%
-8.76%
Rock River Twp
321
355
8
684
-34
46.93%
51.90%
-4.97%










2318
2395
52
4765
-77
48.65%
50.26%
-1.62%


Stupak easily won his rematch.


1st district
Hooper
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
193
439
6
638
-246
30.25%
68.81%
-38.56%
Burt Township
74
243
1
318
-169
23.27%
76.42%
-53.14%
Grand Island Twp
13
18
0
31
-5
41.94%
58.06%
-16.13%
Limestone Twp
61
154
2
217
-93
28.11%
70.97%
-42.86%
Mathias Twp
63
228
2
293
-165
21.50%
77.82%
-56.31%
City of Munising
329
815
6
1150
-486
28.61%
70.87%
-42.26%
Munising Twp
342
721
11
1074
-379
31.84%
67.13%
-35.29%
Onota Twp
70
173
2
245
-103
28.57%
70.61%
-42.04%
Rock River Twp
198
456
7
661
-258
29.95%
68.99%
-39.03%










1343
3247
37
4627
-1904
29.03%
70.18%
-41.15%


Adamini won easily as well. 


1st district
Kaltenbach
Adamimi
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
249
364
0
613
-115
40.62%
59.38%
-18.76%
Burt Township
93
212
0
305
-119
30.49%
69.51%
-39.02%
Grand Island Twp
14
15
0
29
-1
48.28%
51.72%
-3.45%
Limestone Twp
70
141
0
211
-71
33.18%
66.82%
-33.65%
Mathias Twp
63
215
0
278
-152
22.66%
77.34%
-54.68%
City of Munising
371
726
0
1097
-355
33.82%
66.18%
-32.36%
Munising Twp
440
606
0
1046
-166
42.07%
57.93%
-15.87%
Onota Twp
77
161
0
238
-84
32.35%
67.65%
-35.29%
Rock River Twp
202
433
0
635
-231
31.81%
68.19%
-36.38%










1579
2873
0
4452
-1294
35.47%
64.53%
-29.07%

In the 2006 disaster, Granholm won big.


06 Governor
DeVos
Granholm
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
225
300
3
528
-75
42.61%
56.82%
-14.20%
Burt Township
119
194
3
316
-75
37.66%
61.39%
-23.73%
Grand Island Twp
9
14
0
23
-5
39.13%
60.87%
-21.74%
Limestone Twp
60
107
4
171
-47
35.09%
62.57%
-27.49%
Mathias Twp
82
155
2
239
-73
34.31%
64.85%
-30.54%
City of Munising
292
558
16
866
-266
33.72%
64.43%
-30.72%
Munising Twp
302
391
15
708
-89
42.66%
55.23%
-12.57%
Onota Twp
83
119
3
205
-36
40.49%
58.05%
-17.56%
Rock River Twp
165
354
12
531
-189
31.07%
66.67%
-35.59%










1337
2192
58
3587
-855
37.27%
61.11%
-23.84%

Terri Land bucked the trends in Alger County, which wasn't easy when the top of the ticket breaks 60%.Winning Rock River Township is always a good surprise for the GOP.


Sec of State
Land
Sabaugh
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
300
205
11
516
95
58.14%
39.73%
18.41%
Burt Township
158
138
11
307
20
51.47%
44.95%
6.51%
Grand Island Twp
14
10
0
24
4
58.33%
41.67%
16.67%
Limestone Twp
87
77
3
167
10
52.10%
46.11%
5.99%
Mathias Twp
98
120
10
228
-22
42.98%
52.63%
-9.65%
City of Munising
409
429
16
854
-20
47.89%
50.23%
-2.34%
Munising Twp
499
350
14
863
149
57.82%
40.56%
17.27%
Onota Twp
113
85
5
203
28
55.67%
41.87%
13.79%
Rock River Twp
268
240
17
525
28
51.05%
45.71%
5.33%










1946
1654
87
3687
292
52.78%
44.86%
7.92%


Mike Cox won statewide his re-election, but did not win Alger County. He did hold the dems to under 50% however. Rock River Twp was the major difference between Cox's race and Land's race.


06 Att General
Cox
Williams
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
258
230
13
501
28
51.50%
45.91%
5.59%
Burt Township
157
135
7
299
22
52.51%
45.15%
7.36%
Grand Island Twp
12
12
0
24
0
50.00%
50.00%
0.00%
Limestone Twp
71
82
4
157
-11
45.22%
52.23%
-7.01%
Mathias Twp
84
130
11
225
-46
37.33%
57.78%
-20.44%
City of Munising
353
463
21
837
-110
42.17%
55.32%
-13.14%
Munising Twp
433
382
25
840
51
51.55%
45.48%
6.07%
Onota Twp
97
90
14
201
7
48.26%
44.78%
3.48%
Rock River Twp
218
271
23
512
-53
42.58%
52.93%
-10.35%










1683
1795
118
3596
-112
46.80%
49.92%
-3.11%


The Senate race shows what happens when candidates are recruited and then thrown to the wolves and abandoned later.


06 Senate
Bouchard
Stabenow
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
219
293
7
519
-74
42.20%
56.45%
-14.26%
Burt Township
116
186
7
309
-70
37.54%
60.19%
-22.65%
Grand Island Twp
10
14
0
24
-4
41.67%
58.33%
-16.67%
Limestone Twp
67
99
5
171
-32
39.18%
57.89%
-18.71%
Mathias Twp
76
155
5
236
-79
32.20%
65.68%
-33.47%
City of Munising
281
568
16
865
-287
32.49%
65.66%
-33.18%
Munising Twp
296
391
17
704
-95
42.05%
55.54%
-13.49%
Onota Twp
91
114
2
207
-23
43.96%
55.07%
-11.11%
Rock River Twp
175
339
15
529
-164
33.08%
64.08%
-31.00%










1331
2159
74
3564
-828
37.35%
60.58%
-23.23%


The 1st district rematch was not a surprise as Stupak usually is the benchmark for the dems in the UP.


06 1st district
Hooper
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
158
357
4
519
-199
30.44%
68.79%
-38.34%
Burt Township
75
232
4
311
-157
24.12%
74.60%
-50.48%
Grand Island Twp
7
17
0
24
-10
29.17%
70.83%
-41.67%
Limestone Twp
47
121
4
172
-74
27.33%
70.35%
-43.02%
Mathias Twp
41
188
6
235
-147
17.45%
80.00%
-62.55%
City of Munising
182
667
18
867
-485
20.99%
76.93%
-55.94%
Munising Twp
228
636
19
883
-408
25.82%
72.03%
-46.21%
Onota Twp
55
141
10
206
-86
26.70%
68.45%
-41.75%
Rock River Twp
103
410
16
529
-307
19.47%
77.50%
-58.03%










896
2769
81
3746
-1873
23.92%
73.92%
-50.00%

The State Senate district 38 is solidly democrat on the state level unless there's a 1994 type year. Prusi won re-election easily.


Senate District 38
Mackin
Prusi
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
172
343
0
515
-171
33.40%
66.60%
-33.20%
Burt Township
100
207
0
307
-107
32.57%
67.43%
-34.85%
Grand Island Twp
6
17
0
23
-11
26.09%
73.91%
-47.83%
Limestone Twp
51
117
0
168
-66
30.36%
69.64%
-39.29%
Mathias Twp
53
181
0
234
-128
22.65%
77.35%
-54.70%
City of Munising
200
655
0
855
-455
23.39%
76.61%
-53.22%
Munising Twp
263
604
0
867
-341
30.33%
69.67%
-39.33%
Onota Twp
66
138
0
204
-72
32.35%
67.65%
-35.29%
Rock River Twp
121
403
0
524
-282
23.09%
76.91%
-53.82%










1032
2665
0
3697
-1633
27.91%
72.09%
-44.17%

Same goes for State rep district 109. The 109th district was open, and one Steve was replaced with another. Steven Lindberg won this open seat, keeping it in the hands of the democrats.


State rep 109
Westrom
Lindberg
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
210
287
0
497
-77
42.25%
57.75%
-15.49%
Burt Township
117
176
0
293
-59
39.93%
60.07%
-20.14%
Grand Island Twp
12
12
0
24
0
50.00%
50.00%
0.00%
Limestone Twp
60
101
0
161
-41
37.27%
62.73%
-25.47%
Mathias Twp
68
154
0
222
-86
30.63%
69.37%
-38.74%
City of Munising
285
553
0
838
-268
34.01%
65.99%
-31.98%
Munising Twp
360
468
0
828
-108
43.48%
56.52%
-13.04%
Onota Twp
80
121
0
201
-41
39.80%
60.20%
-20.40%
Rock River Twp
163
346
0
509
-183
32.02%
67.98%
-35.95%










1355
2218
0
3573
-863
37.92%
62.08%
-24.15%

2008 was another democrat year statewide. Obama kept Alger County in the hands of the democrats at the top of the ticket.


President 08
McCain
Obama
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
338
324
13
675
14
50.07%
48.00%
2.07%
Burt Township
179
163
5
347
16
51.59%
46.97%
4.61%
Grand Island Twp
13
14
0
27
-1
48.15%
51.85%
-3.70%
Limestone Twp
104
128
5
237
-24
43.88%
54.01%
-10.13%
Mathias Twp
97
160
4
261
-63
37.16%
61.30%
-24.14%
City of Munising
488
639
22
1149
-151
42.47%
55.61%
-13.14%
Munising Twp
549
545
22
1116
4
49.19%
48.84%
0.36%
Onota Twp
126
132
0
258
-6
48.84%
51.16%
-2.33%
Rock River Twp
294
367
17
678
-73
43.36%
54.13%
-10.77%










2188
2472
88
4748
-284
46.08%
52.06%
-5.98%


Jack Hoogendyk was thrown to the wolves. 


Senate 08
Hoogendyk
Lenin
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
235
398
25
658
-163
35.71%
60.49%
-24.77%
Burt Township
124
200
9
333
-76
37.24%
60.06%
-22.82%
Grand Island Twp
9
17
0
26
-8
34.62%
65.38%
-30.77%
Limestone Twp
72
154
4
230
-82
31.30%
66.96%
-35.65%
Mathias Twp
59
187
4
250
-128
23.60%
74.80%
-51.20%
City of Munising
305
793
31
1129
-488
27.02%
70.24%
-43.22%
Munising Twp
340
704
36
1080
-364
31.48%
65.19%
-33.70%
Onota Twp
107
144
5
256
-37
41.80%
56.25%
-14.45%
Rock River Twp
195
448
27
670
-253
29.10%
66.87%
-37.76%










1446
3045
141
4632
-1599
31.22%
65.74%
-34.52%

Stupak had a tougher opponent in Tom Casperson, but between the bad year for the GOP and Stupak's strength, the results were only slightly different.


1st District Congress
Casperson
Stupak
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
236
416
13
665
-180
35.49%
62.56%
-27.07%
Burt Township
187
141
9
337
46
55.49%
41.84%
13.65%
Grand Island Twp
11
16
0
27
-5
40.74%
59.26%
-18.52%
Limestone Twp
70
165
3
238
-95
29.41%
69.33%
-39.92%
Mathias Twp
57
196
2
255
-139
22.35%
76.86%
-54.51%
City of Munising
328
805
12
1145
-477
28.65%
70.31%
-41.66%
Munising Twp
382
712
14
1108
-330
34.48%
64.26%
-29.78%
Onota Twp
101
154
3
258
-53
39.15%
59.69%
-20.54%
Rock River Twp
222
449
12
683
-227
32.50%
65.74%
-33.24%










1594
3054
68
4716
-1460
33.80%
64.76%
-30.96%


Lindberg won re-election without difficulty.


State rep 109
Takalo
Lindberg
3rd Party
Total
Diff.
GOP%
Dem%
Diff%
Au Train Township
242
345
43
630
-103
38.41%
54.76%
-16.35%
Burt Township
124
164
18
306
-40
40.52%
53.59%
-13.07%
Grand Island Twp
9
15
3
27
-6
33.33%
55.56%
-22.22%
Limestone Twp
78
140
5
223
-62
34.98%
62.78%
-27.80%
Mathias Twp
65
159
15
239
-94
27.20%
66.53%
-39.33%
City of Munising
310
700
88
1098
-390
28.23%
63.75%
-35.52%
Munising Twp
374
597
61
1032
-223
36.24%
57.85%
-21.61%
Onota Twp
96
142
18
256
-46
37.50%
55.47%
-17.97%
Rock River Twp
207
425
32
664
-218
31.17%
64.01%
-32.83%










1505
2687
283
4475
-1182
33.63%
60.04%
-26.41%


Overall, Alger County has very strong democrat leanings. Occasionally, it will break against an Al Gore or Fieger type, but even then it has less ticket splitters than the rest of the UP. This is a Yellow Dog county that isn't all that liberal in culture, but still is democrat and much of that I think has to do with the state workers here. It may be an important county if Stupak retires as the 1st Congressional district is a swing district that can go either way if it is open.

1 comment:

Scott said...

Good site and praise from the other side! As a socially moderate Democrat born in Alger county and now living in Menominee, I appreciate your stats and commentary. Keep up the good work and hope to see future updates.