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Governor Granholm by LiberalLucy
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A great place to start is Michigan Elections 2006 from CNN. The first thing that jumped out for me in the races for national seats is that every one of the 15 US House of Representative incumbents and incumbent Sen. Stabenow all won re-election. So much for a titanic swell of change there.
A second item of interest was the 56%-42% margin of victory for Governor Granholm over Dick DeVos, higher than almost any poll had predicted. At the CNN site, you can view the Michigan results by county. Much is being made of the Governor’s strong performance in Wayne county, but of equal interest is the fact that the entire Upper Peninsula went for Granholm. Any thoughts as to what happened there?
The Detroit Free Press quotes pollster J. Ann Selzer, who suggests that a major problem for the DeVos’ campaign was that they barely topped Granholm in western Michigan and “In a way, they pitted men against women, southeastern Michigan against the rest of the state, and unions against nonunion households. Jennifer Granholm won with big majorities with every group she was supposed to. And she earned votes from groups that were supposed to oppose her.” In the Detroit News, pollster Ed Sarpolus suggests that “The Republicans decided to introduce DeVos, not define him.” Also check out the Detroit News interactive voting map & state results.
Change was really seen in the State House where Democrats turned the tables to pick up a six seat majority. The Senate will stay in Republican hands, after late returns showed former Rep. John Pappageorge defeating Andy Levin in Royal Oak, and Rep. Roger Kahn narrowly besting Rep. Carl Williams in Saginaw.
Proposal 1 Conservation Fund (81%/19%)
Proposal 2 Affirmative Action (58%/42%)
Proposal 3 Dove Hunting (32%/68%)
Proposal 4 Eminent Domain (80%/20%)
Proposal 5 School Funding (38%/62%)
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