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2018 Results at a Glance

mi vote change 2018

Few maps show better the existing state of affairs in Michigan than this, showing the change from the presidential to the congressional votes of 2018. It is a picture of near gloom for the Trump supporters. Several items should be noted:

The Decay of Angry Populists. That would be noted most in the I-75 corridor (CD 5) and in Macomb and points north (CD 10). Those shifts are significant.

Loss of Suburbs. That’s Oakland and Livingston counties (mostly in CD 8). Downriver and eastern Washtenaw also join in. .

Thirst for an Alternative. That’s Justin Amash territory (CD 3). The improved standing is a testimony to Amash’s efforts not only as a foil to the President, but for stances on privacy, immigration, the middle east, and especially on healthcare. Where other GOP representatives ran away from the public, Amash stepped up. Taken together these are the sorts of activities an independent representative would be expected to take.

By contrast one could look at the response of Rep Bill Huizenga (CD 2). A solid back bencher for the President, he has been the opposite of independent. The electoral shift of opinion is striking — and were we to break down at a more granular level, we would see more of the loss of suburban, typically Republican votes.

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