A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN

Population (1994): 9,496,000 (up 2.2% from 1990), 3.6 % of U.S. total

Voting-age pop.: 6,983,000; 1994 turnout, 44%

Median age: 32.6 years

Median household income: $35,284 ($3,020 above U.S. median)

Unemployment: 4.6% (1% below U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 44% Bush (R): 36% Perot (I): 19%

Congressional delegation: 10 Democrats, eight Republicans

From the Great Depression to the oil-price shock of 1979, Michigan more often than not voted Democrat. Though the loss of some 160,000 auto-production jobs in the early '80s gave the G.O.P. an opening--it picked up two congressional seats in 1994--Clinton beat Bush in...

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