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Michigan Election Results 2012

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)

Barack Obama (D)
50% / 303 Electoral Votes
Mitt Romney (R)
48% / 206 Electoral Votes

President (16 electoral votes from Michigan)

Barack Obama (D)
54%
Mitt Romney (R)
45%

Senate

Debbie Stabenow (D)
58%
Pete Hoekstra (R)
38%
Scotty Boman (L)
2%
Harley Mikkelson (G)
1%
Richard Matkin (UST)
1%

House District 6

Mike O’Brien (D)
43%
Fred Upton (R)
54%

Proposal 1 – Uphold Emergency Manager Law

Yes
48%
No
52%

Proposal 2 – Collective Bargaining Rights

Yes
48%
No
52%

Proposal 3 – 25 by 25 Renewable Energy Proposal

Yes
37%
No
63%

Proposal 4 – Home Health Care Worker Changes

Yes
43%
No
57%

Proposal 5 – Limits on Tax Increases

Yes
31%
No
69%

Proposal 6 – Voter Approval for International Bridges

Yes
41%
No
59%

Reaction

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.