Current Rep – Goeff Hansen (R-Hart)
2010 Results - Old District (34st)
Goeff Hansen - 49,065
Mary Valentine - 33,261
This district got tougher due to population growth. It dropped competitive but somewhat leaning Mason County and otherwise stays the same. Muskegon County tilts heavily Democrat and is the base of the district. Goeff Hansen and Gerald Van Woerkom won the district that includes this and Mason County. In Van Woerkom's case, it was 1400 votes in 2006, and 950 votes in 2002. This will be one of our toughest defenses in 2014. 2010 was an aberration, even with Hansen showing himself to be an excellent candidate.
Newaygo County is heavily GOP. Oceana County leans GOP slightly (and is the home of Hansen) but is competitive with the Mexican population there. Muskegon County is heavily union with a sizable black population, although many of the white areas have some democrat leanings there as well.
Obama won this district easily with a 24,000 vote spread. Kerry won it with 3100 vote spread. If this district didn't go GOP three straight times downticket (old district was much different), than I'd say it leans democrat. It does at the top, but is winnable downticket. It's a swing district.
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