Berrien County Goes Blue

November 6, 2008

Berrien County is a place you’ve never heard of in a state that everyone (rightly) stopped paying attention to a month ago. It is where I spent the final weeks of the electrion, though, and what happened here was pretty incredible to anyone who knew anything about the place. Most people, even within the Obama camp, assumed the place was simply too racist to vote for their candidate, and not a county that would ever go blue anyway.

Here is Berrien’s entry from a county-by-county breakdown of the 2004 elction results:

Berrien county

Bush – 41076 – 55.01%, won by 8230

Kerry – 32846 – 43.99%

Bush Best Votes – Lincoln Twp by 3172

Bush Best % – Royalton Twp – 71.54%

Kerry Best Votes – City of Benton Harbor by 3439

Kerry Best % – City of Benton Harbor – 95.29%

The SW corner of the state on Lake Michigan. Posthumus ran 2% ahead of Bush in both 00 and 04. That’s because of the Benton Harbor Turnout. This would be a 60%+ county otherwise. Benton Harbor is 90% black, and Benton Twp is about 65% black and went 69.89% for Hanoi John. The only other area to sometimes go dem is the city of Niles. The rest is solid GOP.

That account is something of an understatement compared to most descriptions of Berrien I’ve heard from locals. Here are a few pictures of Niles City, “the only other area to sometimes go dem”:

The corner store, about 200 yards from the local Campaign for Change office

The corner store, about 200 yards from the local Campaign for Change office

Why, what does the sign in front of <i>your</i> hotel say?

Why, what does the sign in front of your hotel say?

Pit Stop Fail

Pit Stop Fail

zero.

A mouse pad inside the local Campaign for Change office. Irony with which it was introduced: zero.

A locally popular piece of attack lit against the <i>Republican</i> candidate for State Supreme Court

A locally popular piece of attack lit against the Republican candidate for State Supreme Court

Berrien went for Obama by 5 points.

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