Something I used to do every year on a former project site of mine was to rehash the results of recent elections in the state of Michigan that were at least tangentially related to me. It doesn’t extend to the national level, except for the Presidential race, because this is simply about results in Michigan. This always allowed me to reflect on what took place, what the numbers were like, what parties gained and lost, and what regions mattered most. I’m not going to opine much in this post, because that is counter to what this is meant to accomplish. On with the numbers.
President (National, 270 needed)
President (16 electoral votes from Michigan)
House District 6
Proposal 1 — Uphold Emergency Manager Law
Proposal 2 — Collective Bargaining Rights
Proposal 3 — 25 by 25 Renewable Energy Proposal
Proposal 4 — Home Health Care Worker Changes
Proposal 5 — Limits on Tax Increases
Proposal 6 — Voter Approval for International Bridges
The above numbers reflect ~90% of the total votes counted in the state and are subject to adjustments–I just might not make them. At first glance, the results of the Presidential election in Michigan aren’t particularly surprising to me. This is a state that often votes for Democrats on the national stage, but in local races votes Republican. This has a lot more to do with population distribution than anything else, as Democrats are concentrated in major metropolitan areas, and those areas happen to contain most of the population.
The first thing that shocked me were the results of the proposals. I thought that proposal 1 was going to pass last night, but that number crept into no territory later on in the evening. The fact that they were all pretty soundly rejected is promising, particularly because these were all constitutional amendments. Perhaps people don’t take that as lightly as I thought they would.
The second thing that shocked me was how close the race was between Upton and O’Brien. I fully expected Upton to run away with that one.
Numbers, maps, et cetera taken from CNN 2012 Election Center.