Obama’s Indiana Problem: Democrats just got their clocks cleaned in state, county and local races

Wall Street Journal


Indiana is a traditionally Republican state that was colored blue in 2008. The Hoosier State went for Barack Obama by a whisker, 50%-49%, and thus promises to be a key battleground in 2012 as the GOP tries to win back the presidency.

Once known as “Testicle Tech, as part of the Hoosiers lore they will now be known as “Screw U Obama.”

After Tuesday’s elections, Republicans have reason to be hopeful about next year. Before the elections, Democrats held a 68 to 48 majority of the mayor’s offices. Now, Republicans hold a 61 to 54 majority with 2 Independents. According to the Indiana GOP, the Republicans retained control of city hall in “Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Mishawaka, West Lafayette, Valparaiso, Marion and others, and picked up seats in Columbus, Jeffersonville, Evansville, Logansport, LaPorte and Portage, among others.” Two other mayoral races have yet to be decided and may be headed for recounts.

The results come on the heels of big electoral gains for the GOP after last year’s midterm elections. Republicans won majorities in the congressional delegation and flipped a U.S. Senate seat from ‘D’ to ‘R.’ They won 60 seats in the state house to the Democrats’ 40, reversing the Democratic majority of 52 to 48. Republicans also gained four state senate seats.

According to Greg Garrison, a popular radio talk show host in Indiana, the Republican gains on Tuesday are “a tribute to the popularity and competent leadership of Mitch Daniels,” the governor. He says Mr. Daniels has balanced the budget, cut spending and increased efficiency of government services. It’s a progress agenda that Americans want at all levels of government.

The results on Tuesday also augur well for the GOP in 2012. Republican officials tell me that they are still stunned by Mr. Obama’s 2008 win in Indiana, given that George W. Bush won the state by 20 percentage points in 2004 and by 15 points in 2000.

Keep an eye on Indiana for 2012. The GOP almost surely has to win there if the party is to oust Mr. Obama.

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6 thoughts on “Obama’s Indiana Problem: Democrats just got their clocks cleaned in state, county and local races

  1. Oh yea gaining some major ground on saving this country

  2. When I left Indiana, Evan Bayh was governor. I didn’t have any use for him.
    When his father was in politics, I didn’t have any use for him either.

  3. The coming Cosmic awareness ………..
    Its time for those that refuse faith to accept fate
    Reality is a terrible thing to waist .
    And that Reality is that our Stand alone Sprit is the only thing holding us together.
    I watched my Parents awhile back ,both in there 80’s setting at there small dinning table in the early evening studying some documents . They had called me over to inform me that they had come to paramount decision in their lives . I was a bit apprehensive and a thousand things had crossed my mind as to why they need me there with them .
    My Father looked at me and said Son, your mother and I have made a decision .
    You know which Political party we have been with for the better part of 50 years ?
    We always believed and always practiced sharing our bounty . But the simple truth is, this Party is not the party we started with . I know I’ve talked a lot of loyalty and I wanted you to know that I have not changed my mind on that matter.
    In fact I’m reinforcing that Loyalty to my Faith and my self and my Country.
    Your Mother and I are registering as Independents. It may be one of the last acts of liberty we have . And I remember back when I was your age and it was ok to Believe I could stand on my own. It truly is time to stop cursing the Dark and time to Light a Candle .

  4. Lots of candle-lightin’ goin’ on. Yahoo, Indiana!

  5. It; good that they changed their minds but my voting independent they are still voting democrat and they will still be cursing the dark. It would be better if they just didn’t vote.

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