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Big increase in votes for Democrats in Ottawa County

Sydney Smith/The Holland Sentinel • Aug 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Votes for Democrats in the gubernatorial primary on Aug. 7 increased by 334 percent in Ottawa County, according to Secretary of State data.

In total, voters in Michigan set a record in the August primary with 2.2 million statewide casting ballots, higher than the previous record of 1.7 million in 2002.

Ottawa and Allegan counties followed that trend.

The number of ballots cast for a Democrat in the gubernatorial in Ottawa County changed by 334 percent in this primary, one of the largest increases in the state. In 2018, 19,404 votes were cast for Democrats. That number in 2010 was 4,470.

At the same time, votes for Republican candidates in the gubernatorial race decreased by 20 percent from 2010. That year, 52,359 votes were cast for Republicans. This year that number was 41,770.

In Allegan County, votes cast for Republican candidates also decreased by 20 percent from 2010, with 14,904 cast in the 2018 primary and 18,682 in the previous gubernatorial primary.

For Democrats in Allegan County, 8,355 votes were cast this year, whereas in 2010, 2,690 were cast. That is a 211 percent increase.

Still, despite the increase, both counties remain very red. Overall, the GOP took 68 percent of votes cast in Ottawa County of the total. In Allegan County, GOP candidates earned 64 percent of the vote.

Voter turnout this year was 31.6 percent in Ottawa County. Out of a total 197,441 registered voters, 62,500 votes were cast in the August primary.

In Allegan County, the turnout was 29.52 percent; 24,862 votes were cast of 84,210 registered voters.

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