Wednesday, November 05, 2008

GOP Stronghold No More

Socially and economically, metropolitan Grand Rapids has earned its reputation for being conservative, as evidenced by previous Presidential election results. Historically, the county has voted overwhelmingly for the Republican candidate. But this year, like in Virginia, the Democratic party candidate won more votes in Kent County for the first time since LBJ in 1964. The tide is turning:


  • 1968: Nixon 85,000 - Humphrey 61,900 (53% - 38% GOP margin)

  • 1972: Nixon 104,000 - McGovern 67,600 (59% - 39% GOP margin)

  • 1976: Ford 127,000 - Carter 59,000 (67% - 31% GOP margin)

  • 1980: Reagan 112,000 - Carter 72,800 (55% - 35% GOP margin)

  • 1984: Reagan 137,000 - Mondale 66,200 (67% - 33% GOP margin)

  • 1988: Bush 131,000 - Dukakis 73,000 (63% - 35% GOP margin)

  • 1992: Bush 115,000 - Clinton 82,000 (47% - 33% GOP margin)

  • 1996: Dole 121,000 - Clinton 86,000 (54% - 38% GOP margin)

  • 2000: Bush 148,000 - Gore 95,000 (58% - 39% GOP margin)

  • 2004: Bush 171,000 - Kerry 116,000 (59% - 40% GOP margin)

  • 2008: Obama 149,855 - McCain 148,305 (1% Democratic margin)


The results from my precinct also make me proud:


EligibleTurnoutPercentObamaMccain
118099183.98%514462


I'm glad to see the reputation of Grand Rapids/Kent County as a "GOP stronghold," like the current Republican party itself, is fading.


(h/t: electionmagic.com, uselectionatlas.org)

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