Elections & Politics

There are at least four Indiana names rumored to be on President-Elect Donald Trump’s short list for Secretary of Agriculture.

Most of the Hoosier prospects to run the U.S. Department of Agriculture were on the Trump campaign’s agricultural advisory team.

Those prospects include Indiana State Agriculture Secretary Ted McKinney, seed corn farmer and former Congressional hopeful Kip Tom and Fair Oaks Farms CEO Mike McCloskey.

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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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As the presidential election came to an end, a trending question among citizens went like this: how did the polls get it so wrong?

A pair of Indiana political scientists say some increasingly common errors led to this year’s wildly inaccurate political polling.

Butler University’s Gregory Shufeldt says groups such as minorities and disaffected white voters were consistently underrepresented.

Supporters Welcome Pence's Return To Indiana After Election

Nov 10, 2016

 

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will soon be the sixth Hoosier to serve as the vice president of the United States.

After a long campaign to win that role, Pence returned home to Indianapolis on Thursday Nov. 10. He spoke to a crowd of roughly 300 supporters at the Indianapolis International Airport. Many in the energized crowd waved red and blue pom-poms.

“Pray that we may find our way forward as a nation, that we may renew the American dream,” Pence says to the crowd. “Heal the divisions in our country and move forward to a more prosperous future.”

Holcomb's Surprise Victory And The Road Ahead

Nov 9, 2016

 

Republican Eric Holcomb scored what some saw as a surprise victory in the Indiana governor’s race. He defeated Democrat John Gregg, who’s now lost his second consecutive gubernatorial bid.

Republicans swept statewide races and at the Indiana GOP election night party, the energy kept building as victory after victory came in – culminating when Lt. Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch stepped to the podium.

“I am proud to be a Republican! Woo!” Crouch said, cheering.

Governor-elect Holcomb took the microphone soon after.

 

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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