JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — In Jamestown Township’s Precinct No. 2, an area where the political color is bordering on crimson, finding a Hillary Clinton supporter isn’t easy.
At first, Linda Lamers couldn’t think of any.
“No. Well, I take that back. I do know someone,” said Lamers, who owns Grand View Orchards with her husband.
But that voter lives a few miles away in Hudsonville.
“Not in Jamestown so much. I don’t know anyone who voted for Hillary in Jamestown,” she said.
In Jamestown Township, south of Hudsonville, Clinton got just 123 votes in Precinct 2 — or 9 percent.
Trump, the Republican president-elect, got 85 percent of the precinct’s vote, more than 1,100 ballots cast in his favor. It was his best showing in Ottawa County, though Blendon Township wasn’t far behind.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Ottawa County went red. What else is new?
But why did Trump get so much support in Jamestown’s Precinct 2?
“For me, it’s based on my religion, on my Christianity,” Lamers said.
She and others say it’s about the Supreme Court and abortion, more about being conservative than supporting Trump and his flaws, about sending a message to Washington.
A portable sign along a road in the township read: “We the people did it! Hey Washington D.C., can you hear us now?”
“I told people I voted for Pence more so than I voted for Trump,” Lamers said. “It’s more the Republican Party, it isn’t so much the man. But I think he can get it done. I think he can get good people in there that can get it done. But I just didn’t trust Hillary.”
In Jamestown Township, 98 percent of the population is white, few live in poverty and income is well above the national average. The landscape is dominated by farms and silos.
There’s also Cliff’s Repair, down the road from the fire station where people vote and around the corner from a Christian Reformed Church.
“There’s a strong, not just moral, there’s a godly principle, a godly character in this area, that I would say carries the day,” shop owner Cliff VanKoevering said.
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A few miles away at Bunker Hill Chill & Grill restaurant in Burnips, the talk on Wednesday rarely veered from Trump.
“It’s really the Supreme Court and if it went the way Clinton would have it go, liberals would get (the court). It would change our nation and not for the good,” said semi-retired small business owner Larry Buist, who had just finished his lunch.
“I’m a Christian, I believe in Christian values and the Supreme Court could change that as a country,” he added.
Buist and his lunch pal, retired business owner Bob Wierenga, said it’s also about respect.
“It’s working people, and I think they feel more respected by Trump than they do by Hillary,” Buist said.
“The small guy is just left out,” Wierenga said.