2016-11-10 / Front Page

Trump wins county, nation

By Eric Carlson
Of The Enterprise staff


DAN SCRIPPS of Northport who ran unsuccessfully for the 101st Distrrict seat in the Michigan House of Representatives, is consoled by the chair of the Leelanau County Democratic Party, Betsy Johnson, during a gathering Tuesday night in Suttons Bay. DAN SCRIPPS of Northport who ran unsuccessfully for the 101st Distrrict seat in the Michigan House of Representatives, is consoled by the chair of the Leelanau County Democratic Party, Betsy Johnson, during a gathering Tuesday night in Suttons Bay. Leelanau County’s longest-serving commissioner couldn’t be happier with General Election results — she was re-elected, her husband was re-elected Solon Township supervisor and her favorite candidate will soon become the President of the United States.

“I’m really happy for our country,” Melinda Lautner said. “I didn’t really vote for him as a person, but for the issues he has promised to address: nominating a pro-life justice to the Supreme Court, protecting our Second Amendment rights, and our personal property rights.

“Donald Trump is someone who will not back down from his positions, and I admire him for that,” she said.


ELECTION RETURNS appearing on Carolyn “Peachy” Rentenbach’s smartphone did not make her or John O’Neill very happy as they gathered at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay on Tuesday night. Rentenbach lost her seat as District No. 6 Commissioner on the County Board and O’Neill failed to unseat the incumbent District No. 7 commissioner. ELECTION RETURNS appearing on Carolyn “Peachy” Rentenbach’s smartphone did not make her or John O’Neill very happy as they gathered at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay on Tuesday night. Rentenbach lost her seat as District No. 6 Commissioner on the County Board and O’Neill failed to unseat the incumbent District No. 7 commissioner. A solid majority of Leelanau County voters sided with a narrow majority of voters throughout Michigan in supporting Donald Trump for President.

While Trump won by less than one percentage point in Michigan overall, he won by more than three percentage points in Leelanau County where 7,239 voted for him and 6,744 voted for Clinton.

The Trump/Pence ticket struck a vein in the agricultural communities of Leelanau County. Trump prevailed by 21 percentage points in Solon Township, 17 points in Empire Township, 14 points in Bingham Township and 13 points in Kasson Township. Other winning margins were 13 points in Leelanau Township, 3 points in Cleveland Township, 10 points in Glen Arbor Township; four points in Suttons Bay Township, 5 points in Elmwood Township and by 8 points in Centerville, which has gone Democratic in some elections.


THE LINDS of Suttons Bay, Ginni and Eric, celebrated at a Republican gathering at the Leland Lodge Tuesday night. The Republican celebration, which was carried out across the country, was loud enough to keep some guests awake. THE LINDS of Suttons Bay, Ginni and Eric, celebrated at a Republican gathering at the Leland Lodge Tuesday night. The Republican celebration, which was carried out across the country, was loud enough to keep some guests awake. Solon Township supervisor Jim Lautner and his wife, Melinda, were both early Trump supporters during the Primary Election. Nearly their entire family traveled to Cadillac when Trump appeared there earlier this year.

Although lines were long at many Leelanau County polling places Tuesday, the election by all accounts went smoothly overall. Turnout did not set a record, but the number of registered voters has grown in Leelanau County in recent years.

Just between the 2016 Primary Election in August and this week’s General Election, the number of registered voters jumped from 19,693 to 20,111.

Voter turnout – expressed as a percentage of registered voters – is up only slightly from the last presidential election year, but down from previous election cycles.

Of the 20,111 registered voters in Leelanau County this year, some 15,047 of them cast ballots, a turnout of 74.8-percent.

In 2012, turnout was 73.4-percent. But it was higher at 77.4 percent in 2008 when President Obama won the support of 51-percent of Leelanau County voters, and in 2004 when turnout was 78.2-percent and President George W. Bush won with 56-percent of the Leelanau County vote.


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