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#Election 2016, #Michigan, #Politics

Michigan Election Results 2016

It’s that time again. This particular post comes with a heavy heart. Not because my candidate lost–I don’t generally vote major party–but because of what this election says about those who have voted this candidate into office. Giving in to xenophobia, racism, fear, and hatred is unconscionable.

Some might say I contributed to this by voting for a party other than one of the major parties, but I don’t see a principled selection that way. We are not limited to only two candidates–that isn’t how our system works, and I’m happy for it.


President (National, 270 needed)(Sigh)

Hillary Clinton (D)
47.6% / 218 Electoral Votes
Donald Trump (R)
47.5% / 289 Electoral Votes

President (Michigan, 16 EV)

Hillary Clinton (D)
47.3% / 2,239,745
Donald Trump (R)
47.6% / 2,255,356 Votes
Gary Johnson (L) 3.6%
 
Jill Stein (G) 1.1%
 

House District 6

Paul Clements (D)
28.4%
Fred Upton (R)
67.3%
Lorence Wenke (L) 4.9%
 

79th District State Representative

Marletta Seats (D)
38.4%
Kim LaSata (R)
58.7%
Carl G. Oehling (T) 2.8%
 

Reaction

PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS Hell! Brimstone! Fire! I’m not certain what stage of grief I’ve reached, but it’s certainly not acceptance. I underestimated how much people despised Hillary Clinton. I underestimated how much people would accept a man that looked and acted nothing like a presidential individual–speaks his mind was the refrain.

I do not understand.

Appealing to voters with divisiveness and bigotry, as well as a dislike of what Clinton represents, is not the same as sending a message of solidarity and revolution–which is the message I am receiving from some supporters. It means that people didn’t want the status quo. They want what they see as their way of life back and they think the establishment won’t provide it. I can appreciate that voters felt marginalized by what they see as a ruling class that doesn’t understand or represent them–that much is obvious–but I would not gloat or be happy about the fact that this particular candidate is the face of that movement. Trump winning truly does empower those who would further marginalize minority groups and exposes a deeper hatred than I ever guessed was possible. Even if as President he is nothing like that, he rode that wave into office. That in itself is deplorable and shameful.

I accept that our political system is broken and produces results that ignore a great portion of the population’s wants and desires, but that group is ignoring the realities of life and how the world operates. I am truly ashamed of this result.

Face palm
Seriously guys!?

LEGISLATIVE BODIES This is where all of the action is. This is where I’m mostly confused. People used Trump as a vehicle for change–a vote to protest the political system–but they largely kept their reps and senators. This was a mistake of the largest order. Most of the work is done in the House and Senate, while the President helps to set an agenda for the next four years. In this case, Trump’s own party disliked him. We are unlikely to see the sort of massive change those hoping for his election sought.

My districts were no different, and have been historically Republican for as long as I can remember. I really have no other reactions here. This is a national shame in a way that I don’t think Trump supporters or protest voters fully understand.


Information gathered from CNN Election Results and 2016 Michigan Election Results, accessed on November 9th, 2016.


#Election 2012, #Michigan, #Politics

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.