MICHIGAN 18 Electoral Votes
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Michigan Bureau of Elections)
Total Population, April 1, 2000            9,938,444 
Voting Age Population, Nov. 2000        7,358,000 
Total Registration, Nov. 2000              6,859,332 
Michigan has: 83 counties.
Five largest counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent, Genessee.
Five largest cities: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Flint, Lansing.

Governor: John Engler (R) re-elected to a third term in 1998.
State Legislature: Michigan State Legislature   House: 52D, 58R   Senate: 15D, 23R
Local: Counties and Cities   NACO Counties
U.S. House: 10D, 6R - 1. B.Stupak (D) | 2. P.Hoekstra (R) | 3. V.Ehlers (R) | 4. D.Camp (R) | 5. J.Barcia (D) | 6. F.Upton (R) | 8. D.Stabenow (D) | 9. D.Kildee (D) | 10. D.Bonior (D) | 11. J.Knollenberg (R) | 12. S.Levin (D) | 13. L.Rivers (D) | 14. J.Conyers (D) | 15. C.Kilpatrick (D) | 16. J.Dingell (D)
U.S. Senate: Spencer Abraham (R) up for re-election in 2000, Carl Levin (D) up for election in 2002. 
Changes as of the November 2000 Elections
State Legislature: All 110 House seats, no Senate seats were up.  No change in partisan balance -- House: 52D, 58R.
U.S. House: 9D, 7R, Republicans picked up the open 8th CD seat: 8. M.Rogers (R).
U.S. Senate: Debbie Stabenow (D) defeated incumbent Spencer Abraham (R) by 49.47% to 47.86%, gaining a plurality of 67,259 votes.

The Great Lakes State

 State of Michigan
Bureau of Elections

Green Party of MI
Libertarian Party of MI
MI Democratic Party
MI Republican State Comm.
Natural Law Party of MI
Reform Party of MI
U.S. Taxpayers Party of MI

Detroit News
Detroit Free Press
Media (Newsp.)
Media (TV)


General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Past Results
Clinton (Dem.).....1,989,653
Dole (Rep.).........1,481,212 
Perot (Ref.)............336,670
Others (4+w/ins)......41,309
Overall 3,912,261 people voted out of 6,677,079 registered.  The VAP was 7,072,000 for a turnout (% of VAP) of 55.3%.
Clinton (Dem.).....1,871,182
Bush (Rep.).........1,554,940
Perot (Ind.)............824,813
Others (4+w/ins)......23,738
Overall 4,341,909 people voted out of 6,147,083 registered.  The VAP was 6,947,000 for a turnout (% of VAP) of 62.5%.
Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
+Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
Phillips/Frazier (UST) 
Nader/LaDuke (Grn.)
Buchanan (w/in)

Total voters: 4,279,299
Turnout (% of VAP) was 58.2%

The Democratic, Republican, Reform, Libertarian and Natural Law parties all retained ballot status from 1998.  The US Taxpayers Party of Michigan and the Green Party of Michigan qualified by petitioning, submitting the required 30,272 valid signatures (1 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 1998) by July 20, 2000.  No Reform Party nominee appeared on the ballot because competing factions submitted two sets of papers, one for Buchanan and one for Hagelin. 

The battleground state of Michigan went to Gore by a plurality of 217,279 votes (5.13 percentage points).  Bush carried 58 counties to 25 for Gore.  Almost 40% of the total vote (39.8%) comes from the Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties).  Gore piled up a plurality of 307,393 votes in Wayne county and narrowly won in Oakland and Macomb.  As expected, Bush did well in Western Michigan (Kent County/Grand Rapids and the surrounding counties).  He underperformed in the city of Detroit, and would have had to have done better in Western Wayne county as well as in Oakland and Macomb to carry the state.

A statewide school vouchers initiative, Proposal 1, was overwhelmingly defeated, 69.1% to 30.9%.

General Election Activity

In the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Debbie Stabenow (D) defeated incumbent Sen. Spencer Abraham (R) 49.47% to 47.86%, gaining a plurality of 67,259 votes (2,061,952 votes to 1,994,693 with 111,040 votes for five other candidates).  In the 8th CD, Mike Rogers (R) defeated Dianne Byrum (D) by just 111 votes after the recount -- 48.79% to 48.75% (145,190 votes to 145,179 with 7,340 votes going to four other candidates).

State Primary: August 8, 2000.

Presidential Primary Results
Michigan Presidential Primary [PDF]
Total Registration, Jan. 24, 2000.....    6,721,947

Presidential Primary
Tuesday Feb. 22, 2000
. Open primary--ballot featured three party sections: Republican, Democratic and Reform.  However, Gore and Bradley did not participate in the Democratic primary leaving a choice between Lyndon LaRouche and Uncommitted.  The only Reform Party choices were Donald Trump and Uncommitted.

. According to news accounts, independents and Democrats accounted for more than half of those voting in the Feb. 22 primary.


All counties reporting.
Total Vote
Gary Bauer1
George W. Bush
Steve Forbes1
Orrin Hatch1
Alan Keyes
+John McCain
1. Candidate withdrew before primary but was on ballot.
Detailed Results
Total Delegates 
58 of 2,066 (2.8%).

Delegate Allocation
Congressional District delegates  48
At-large delegates                       10

The Feb. 22, 2000 Primary gave McCain 52 delegates and Bush 6.  However, McCain ended up with substantially fewer delegates (see detailed results).

Presidential Caucuses
Saturday March 11, 2000
unofficial vote totals as of March 11, 2000 6:56 pm
. The Michigan Democratic Party arranged about 130 caucus locations around the state.  Caucuses started at 11:00 am.  More than 3,500 Democrats showed up in person.  In addition, people could vote by mail for a number of reasons, and more than 80% of those participating in the caucuses did so.

. In their initial delegate selection plan (April 9, 1999) Michigan Democrats had proposed to hold caucuses on Saturday February 12, 2000, ten days ahead of the New Hampshire primary, and to use vote by mail.  However, the February date violated Rule 10A of the DNC's delegate selection rules.

Total Vote 
Bill Bradley1
+Al Gore
1. Sen. Bradley withdrew on March 9, 2000.
Total Pledged Delegates
129 of 3,537 (3.6%).
Total Delegates
156 of 4,335 (3.6%).

Delegates awarded based on the proportion of the votes candidate obtains in each of Michigan's 16 congressional districts; at least 15 percent of the vote required in a district.

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.