Current Rep – John Proos (R-St Joseph)
2010 Results - Old District (21st)
John Proos - 49,818
Scott Elliot - 25,062
This district changed but is still centered on Berrien County. It keeps Cass County as well, but loses it's portion of Van Buren County to the 26th District. It also adds St Josepth County which was in the 16th District. It still leans Republican, although Cass County and Berrien County can sometimes be competitive due to Dowagiac, Cassopolis, and Vandalia in the former, and Benton Harbor and Niles in the latter. Benton Harbor in particular is a democrat stronghold, but is outvoted by the rest of the county. Some state rep races were much closer in this area than they should have been in 06 and 08.
This isn't completely safe, but this district certain leans GOP, 2008 numbers notwithstanding. Even in that year, the state rep districts here didn't flip. 08 was a perfect storm for SW Michigan. Minorities in Benton Harbor, Cassopolis, and Vandalia. Chicago influence on Lake Michigan Coast. Chicago is about a hour away from New Buffalo. Proos survived 08 by over 6000 votes despite straight ticket voting Benton Harbor and Benton Twp. That's despite the other state rep district in Berrien County being extremely close. Proos won't be easy for the dems to take out, especially in non presidential years with no Obama on the ticket.
|St Joseph County||12886||12322||25208||564||51.12%||48.88%||2.24%|
|St Joseph County||15340||9648||24988||5692||61.39%||38.61%||22.78%|
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