Saturday, April 02, 2005

State Senate - District 10

State Senate - District 10

2006 Contest
Republican Candidates – John Horton (Clinton Township)
Democrat Candidates – Michael Switalski (Roseville)

Current Rep – Michael Switalski (D-Roseville)

2002 Results
Michael Switalski – 53.04%
Steve Rice – 45.12%

Presidential results:
Kerry – 50.38%
Bush – 48.61%

Republican Michigander’s prognosis – Strongly Leans Democrat

District covers:
Macomb County:
Clinton Township, Roseville, Sterling Heights, and Utica

I’d like to know what the redistricters were thinking here. Roseville should not have been added to what otherwise is a marginally Republican District. Now it is a marginally democrat district, and one perfect for Switalski, who always ran ahead of most other democrats. Clinton Township is a swing area that went for Gore, Posthumus, and Kerry. Roseville is a democrat stronghold going 59% for Kerry. Sterling Heights and Utica are marginally Republican areas.

This district is winnable for each party, but it will be an uphill battle with Switalski running for re-election. He is possibly the strongest democrat in the county, and that makes this a difficult, although by no means impossible race for the GOP to win.

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