50 percent of Southwest Michigan voters turn out

A voter casts a ballot Tuesday at Zion St. Joe United Church of Christ in St. Joseph. 

More than 50 percent of voters in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties hit the polls Tuesday to cast ballots.

The three counties voted along with the rest of the state when it came to Proposals 1, 2 and 3, but didn’t with other state-wide races like governor, secretary of state, attorney general and U.S. senator.

Berrien had a voter turnout rate of 50.4 percent, or 63,313 voters. Cass had 50.1 percent of its voters turn out, which was 20,346 voters. Van Buren County had 52.5 percent of voters turn out, or 29,970 voters.

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer took the governor’s race with 50.2 percent of the vote. Republican Bill Schuette came away with 46.8 percent.

In Berrien County, Whitmer got 44.9 percent of the vote, while Schuette got 51.8 percent. In Cass County, Whitmer got 37.2 percent and Schuette got 59.2 percent. Van Buren County voters gave Whitmer 45.9 percent and Schuette 50.1 percent.

Democrat Debbie Stabenow won her re-election bid to the U.S. Senate with 49.1 percent of the vote over Republican John James who got 48.9 percent of the vote.

In Berrien County, Stabenow got 44.1 percent and James got 53.5 percent. In Cass County, Stabenow got 36.4 percent and James got 60.7 percent. Van Buren County voters gave her 44.7 percent and him 52.2 percent.

In the race for Michigan secretary of state, Democrat Jocelyn Benson won over Republican Mary Lang.

In Van Buren County, Benson got 45.2 percent and Lang got 50.3 percent. Cass County voters gave Benson 36 percent and Lang 60 percent. In Berrien County, Benson got 43.4 percent and Lang got 53.1 percent.

Republican Tom Leonard conceeded to Democrat Dana Nessel Wednesday morning in the race for Michigan’s next attorney general. 

In Berrien County, Nessel got 42.3 percent and Leonard got 52.8 percent. Cass County voters gave her 35 percent and him 59.6 percent. In Van Buren County, Nessel got 40.6 percent and Leonard got 53.4 percent.

Michigan approved Proposal 1, which legalizes recreational marijuana, 54.9 percent to 45.6 percent.

In Berrien County, it was 53.5 percent yes to 46.5 percent no. In Cass County it was 53.8 percent yes to 46.4 percent no. Van Buren County voters gave it the nod 54.9 percent to 45.3 percent.

Proposal 2, which aims to end gerrymandering, passed 59.9 percent to 40.1 percent.

In Berrien County, it was 56.2 percent yes to 43.8 percent no. In Cass County it was 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent. In Van Buren County it was 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent.

Michigan and Southwest Michigan voters approved Proposal 3 by a larger margin than the other proposals. Statewide it was 65.1 percent to 34.9 percent. The proposal will allow the expansion of election laws to have no-reason absentee voting, automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration and straight-party voting.

In Berrien County, it was 63.2 percent yes to 36.8 percent no. In Cass County, it was 61.6 percent yes to 38.3 percent no. Van Buren County voted 62.1 percent yes and 37.8 percent no.

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