Newly drawn congressional district in West Michigan moves from conservative-leaning to ‘toss up’


When voters go to the polls in 2022, they will voting in a “less conservative” 3rd Congressional District, according to a professor. In this 2019 file photo, Signs direct voters at a Grand Rapids precinct. (MLive file photo)Cory Morse |

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District has long leaned Republican, but new congressional maps have changed the district — which is home to Grand Rapids — in a big way, and one expert says the district is now a “toss up.”

“It’s less conservative,” said Calvin College Political Science Professor Doug Koopman, who formerly served as a congressional staffer for for Pete Hoekstra, Fred Upton and Paul Henry. “It’s more of a Democratic district. If you look at the vote histories and partisanship, it’s really 50-50.”