2018 Primary By The Numbers: Democrats in the Saline Area Were Energized

 08/08/2018 - 17:30

Voters were energized for Tuesday’s primary election. In the Saline area – that was especially true among Democratic Party voters.

Overall, turnout was heavy by off-year primary standards, with most precincts in the Saline area reporting more than 35 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

Turnout

Registered Voters

Ballots Cast

%

Saline 1

2391

907

37.93

Saline 2

1987

814

40.97

Saline 3

2713

1046

38.56

Saline Township

1773

541

30.51

York 2

1987

710

35.73

York 3

1545

622

40.26

Pittsfield 9

2272

959

42.21

Pittsfield 11

2172

841

38.72

Pittsfield 12

1976

639

32.34

Pittsfield 8

1062

414

39.98

Lodi 1

1796

762

42.43

Lodi 2

1996

893

44.74

Lodi 3

1173

394

33.59

Total

24843

9542

38.41

 

With Gubernatorial races in both popular parties, Democrats and Republicans were energized. But in the Saline area, Democratic voters were particularly so.

Comparing Tuesday’s gubernatorial voting to the March 2016 presidential primary voting in the City of Saline and townships of Lodi and York, you can see that Republican voters enthusiasm slipped. That’s to be expected when dropping from a fierce presidential to gubernatorial election. But on the other side of the ballot, turn out was up City of Saline and about flat in the more conservative townships.

City of Saline

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Presidential Primary 2016

1524

1516

22

21.89

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

979

1748

13.81

24.65

Change

-545

232

-8.19

2.76

Lodi Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Presidential Primary 2016

1376

1028

29.04

21.72

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

916

1101

18.45

22.18

Change

-460

-73

-10.59

0.46

Saline Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Presidential Primary 2016

359

247

21.85

15.03

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

284

241

16.02

13.59

Change

-75

-6

5.83

-1.44

 

To compare Tuesday’s results to another gubernatorial race with no incumbents, one must go back to 2010, when Rick Snyder won the Republican nomination and Virg Bernero won the Democratic nomination. There was virtually no enthusiasm for the race between Bernero and Andy Dillon – a harbinger of things to come in November. The competition on the Republican side was far more compelling to voters.

In the City of Saline, voting on the Democratic ticket was more than three times higher in 2018 than it was in 2010. Meanwhile, Republican voting Tuesday was down significantly from 2010. The same was true, to an extent, in Lodi and Saline townships.

City of Saline

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %
(of registered voters)

Democratic %
(of registered voters)

Gubernatorial Primary 2010

1236

515

18.82

7.8

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

979

1748

13.81

24.65

Change

-257

1233

-5.01

16.85

         

Lodi Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Gubernatorial Primary 2010

1172

297

26.28

6.66

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

916

1101

18.45

22.18

Change

-256

810

-7.83

15.52

         

Saline Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Gubernatorial Primary 2010

279

64

19.55

4.49

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

284

241

16.02

13.59

Change

5

177

-3.53

9.1

 

Tuesday’s results did bare resemblance  at some level to the 2002 primary elections that produced Jennifer Granholm and Dick Posthumus. The Democratic race drew far more voters in the city and even drew more voters in Lodi and Saline townships. But overall enthusiasm was way down.

City of Saline

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Gubernatorial Primary 2002

506

875

8.68

15.01

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

979

1748

13.81

24.65

Change

473

873

5.13

9.64

         

Lodi Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Gubernatorial Primary 2002

526

624

13

15.42

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

916

1101

18.45

22.18

Change

390

477

5.45

6.76

         

Saline Twp

Republican Votes

Democratic Votes

Republican %

Democratic %

Gubernatorial Primary 2002

107

111

9.34

9.69

Gubernatorial Primary 2018

284

241

16.02

13.59

Change

173

134

6.68

3.9

 

Here are some other notes of interest about Tuesday’s vote.

  • Winning gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette enjoyed great support among party faithful in the Saline area. Whitmer won every precinct in the Saline area. Schuette won every precinct but one. Patrick Colbeck was the leading vote getter in Lodi 3.
  • Ann Arbor Democrat Jeff Irwin won the Democratic State Senator 18 primary and is the odds-on favorite to win in November. But Michelle Deatrick carried the Saline area – 1,532. In fact, third place finisher Anuja Rajendra (1,011), was closer to Irwin than Irwin was to Deatrick.
  • John James won the US Senator Republican primary. He carried the Saline area easily, 2,299-1,305.
  • Former Saline mayor Gretchen Driskell had no trouble with Steve Friday in the US Congress 7th Democratic Primary – and in she cleaned up in Saline area, taking 88.9 percent of the vote.

 

 

 

 

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