2016 Elections

The Indiana Republican Party demanded an apology Tuesday from Democrats who criticized a state investigation into possible voter fraud, after 12 people working for a political action committee were arrested in connection with that investigation.

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When we spoke last month with Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton on Ask The Mayor, we parsed a proposed ordinance cracking down on bad behavior by landlords.

But in the intervening month, a WBAA investigation has uncovered even more fraud than the mayor or county officials appear to be aware of.

Also on this week’s program, nearly half of all Montgomery County voters chose the straight-ticket voting option at the polls in this year’s general election.

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Like many other places around the country, Purdue played host to protests in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

These were peaceful demonstrations which ended with supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shaking hands after airing their feelings.

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About 200 students marched through the Purdue University campus Wednesday to rally against president-elect Donald Trump. The protest was non-violent.

The rally’s student organizers aimed to show solidarity with minority groups who feel discriminated against by Donald Trump.

They cite his comments about minorities and women, calling his campaign “hate speech” and holding signs that read: “Dump Trump,” “Not My President” and “Love Trumps Hate.”

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It’s been a week Democrats in Tippecanoe County and around the state would like to forget.

But pundits say there’s not much of a left-leaning pipeline of young candidates being groomed to run in future elections.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask one prominent Democrat – Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – whether he sees a coming generation of politicos in his party or whether more disappointment is in store.

 

Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young’s victory in the Indiana Senate race Tuesday night also marked a milestone for his opponent: It was the first race Democrat Evan Bayh has ever lost.

Bayh faced an uphill battle in an election that ended in rebuke for most Democrats in Indiana and nationwide.

Older Hoosiers may have remembered Evan Bayh because his father, Birch Bayh, was a popular senator who authored Title IX and other civil rights laws and helped lower the voting age to 18.

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Republicans in both the Indiana House and Senate retained their supermajorities in Tuesday night’s GOP wave.

House Republicans poured hundreds of thousands of dollars in the final weeks of the campaign into races in northwest Indiana.

They were concerned about losing at least two or three seats there, possibly even more.

When the dust settled, they’d lost only one – Democrat Mara Candelaria Reardon took back a seat from Republican Bill Fine she’d lost in 2014.

The House GOP will return in January with a 70-30 majority, down from 71-29.

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Republican Sally Siegrist eked out a narrow win over Democrat Vicky Woeste in the race to represent West Lafayette in the state legislature.

Siegrist, a Tippecanoe County Councilor, will fill the seat vacated by departing four-term Republican Randy Truitt.

On Tuesday night, Siegrist’s jubilation was somewhat tempered when her County Council resignation was proffered for her to sign after her victory was announced.

“It is a little melancholy, to be leaving the council,” said Siegrist.

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PRESIDENT

Trump/Pence (R):  48.59%

Clinton/Kaine (D): 43.05%

Johnson/Weld (L): 6.33%

U.S. SENATE

Todd Young (R): 47.72%

Evan Bayh (D): 45.86%

Lucy Brenton (L): 6.36%

GOVERNOR

Eric Holcomb (R): 48.09%

John Gregg (D): 48.21%

Rex Bell (L): 3.66%

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Curtis T. Hill, Jr. (R): 58.06%

Lorenzo Arredondo (D): 41.94%

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Glenda Ritz (D): 51.84%

Todd Young will be Indiana’s newest U.S. senator.

The Republican congressman took an easy, 10-point victory over Democrat Evan Bayh Tuesday night in the race to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

Young will be the first person to hold this Senate seat since 1989 who isn’t Coats or Bayh. He won with 52 percent of the vote, to Bayh’s 42 percent.

In his victory speech, Young told supporters at the Indiana GOP’s election night party that his win proved the power of democracy.

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