Biden gets support from voters in Grosse Pointe City and Park

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 10, 2020


GROSSE POINTE CITY/PARK — Once solidly red, Grosse Pointe City and Park have turned blue in recent years, if presidential elections are any indicator.

In Grosse Pointe City, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden emerged as the top vote-getter, with 2,289 ballots cast in his favor — or 55.87% of the total — while Republican incumbent President Donald Trump received 1,755 votes, or 42.84%, according to unofficial counts available at press time. The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Gary Peters and Republican challenger John James was closer, but Peters still took home the most votes in the City, with 2,083 — 51.09% of the total — compared to James with 1,959, or 48.05%.

Grosse Pointe City Parks and Recreation Director Christopher Hardenbrook was serving as an election worker for Precincts 1 and 2 at Maire Elementary School. He said voters experienced “a long wait” — of roughly 30 to 45 minutes — to cast their ballots early in the morning, and turnout remained “busy to steady all day.” This was true even though many residents had cast their ballots prior to Election Day.

“This year, we got a significant number of absentee ballots back,” Hardenbrook said.

According to unofficial vote tallies available at press time, about 75% of City voters who took part in this election did so via absentee ballots. Almost 80% of the City’s 5,177 registered voters — or 4,120 — cast ballots in advance or on Election Day.

In Grosse Pointe Park, 8,170 residents — more than 80% of the city’s registered voters — cast ballots in the presidential election.

Like their neighbors in the City, the Biden ticket was the favorite, receiving 5,171 votes, or 63.66%. Trump received 2,848 votes, or 35.06%. The U.S. Senate race was a little closer, with Peters receiving 4,825 votes — or 59.75% — to James’ 3,163 votes, or 39.17%.

At Pierce Middle School in the Park — home to two voting precincts — Precinct 7 Chair Judy Wanderer said turnout was heaviest in the morning. It then tapered off but remained steady throughout the day.

“In the morning, we did have (a long line) down the hall and wrapped around,” Wanderer said. “It’s less than we used to have because there’s been a real push for absentee (voting).”

Lynne Haggart, chair of Precinct 4 at Pierce, echoed that sentiment.

“There was a rush in the morning,” said Haggart, noting that some voters had to wait roughly 15 to 20 minutes to cast their ballots.

In the District 1 state representative race, Democrat Tenisha R. Yancey was reelected with 29,724 votes. Republican Latricia Ann Lanier received 8,698 votes and Libertarian Gregory Creswell received 785 votes. The district includes Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods and part of Detroit.

Incumbent District 1 Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, ran unopposed for another two-year term. Killeen’s district includes the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, as well as part of Detroit.