November 2006 News
Keweenaw County voters pick winning Michigan Democrats
By Michele Anderson
EAGLE RIVER -- Election results for Keweenaw County were completed just
before 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, Nov. 7, reporting 632 total votes for Michigan
Governor Jennifer Granholm against 507 votes for her major opponent, Dick DeVos.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Granholm addressed supporters in
Detroit shortly after 11 p.m., announcing she had just received congratulations
Governor Granholm addresses local residents in the Courthouse in Eagle River during her visit to
Keweenaw County on Aug. 17, 2005. (Keweenaw Now file photo © 2005 Michele
In other major races, Keweenaw County voters contributed to victories by
Democrats, most of them incumbents.
Keweenaw County showed significant support for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow,
contributing 631 votes to her victory over her major challenger, Republican
Michael Bouchard, who received 487 votes in the County. U.S. Representative Bart
Stupak scored high in Keweenaw County, with a total of 767 votes, more than
twice as many as his Republican challenger Don Hooper. The New York Times
reported Stupak took 70% of the vote with 94% of the results counted Tuesday
Senator Mike Prusi received 744 Keweenaw County votes over his Republican
opponent Pete Mackin's 395. Prusi's victory was secured with his total of 66,273
votes over Mackin's 27,973, according to the Associated Press.
Keweenaw County voters also showed strong support for Hancock's Mike Lahti,
giving him 710 votes over Republican challenger Dave Schmidt's 397. Succeeding
term-ended State Representative Rich Brown (D-Bessemer), Lahti will give up his
position as Houghton County Board Chair to represent the 110th District in the
Michigan House of Representatives. District-wide, he received a total of 19,361
votes over Schmidt's 10,357 (Associated Press report).
Republican votes in Keweenaw County helped re-elect Secretary of State Terri
Lynn Land (696 votes) and Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (575 votes).
Contested races in Keweenaw County had the following results:
Joe Langdon (R), 203 votes, defeated Malcolm Hudson (D), 77 votes, for District
1 County Commissioner.
Don Keith (R), 194 votes, defeated Jim Vivian (D), 77 votes, for District 2
Randy Eckloff, 138 votes, defeated John Griffith (D), 100 votes, for District 5
Unopposed and retaining their County Commissioner seats were Alfred Gunnari,
District 3, and Frank Stubenrauch, District 4, both Democrats.
Mark McEvers (D), also unopposed after winning in the Democratic Primary, was
elected to the Keweenaw County Road Commission.
On the Michigan ballot proposals, Keweenaw County voters approved with
"Yes" votes Proposal 1 (Conservation Funds), 931 votes; Proposal 2
(Affirmative Action Ban), 734 votes; and Proposal 4 (Private Property), 995
votes. They voted "No" on Proposal 3 (A Hunting Season for Mourning
Doves) and Proposal 5 (Mandatory School Funding Levels).
Houghton County election returns were not complete at the time of this writing.
Numbers reported here are unofficial counts until approved by voting officials.
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