News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Election 2012

November 6, 2012

Donnelly gives Democrats Indiana Senate victory

INDIANAPOLIS — Democrat Joe Donnelly triumphed Tuesday in one of the nation’s most tumultuous Senate races, capitalizing on fallout over his tea party-backed opponent’s comment that a pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended” to capture a seat that just a year ago looked to be a lock for Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

Donnelly beat state treasurer Richard Mourdock after a bruising campaign that saw outside groups pump millions of dollars into the state in a race viewed by many as a test of the tea party’s strength.

The victory was a coup for Democrats, who had been waiting years for a shot at the seat. Lugar was so popular that in 2006 Democrats decided not to challenge him.

Even a year ago, Lugar seemed a safe bet to win a seventh term, despite widespread conservative anger with the veteran statesman’s votes on divisive legislation and his support for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominees. But questions about Lugar’s residency combined with a flood of outside spending by groups such as the anti-tax Club for Growth carried Mourdock to a 20-point victory in the May primary.

Democrats pounced on the opportunity as Mourdock made a series of quick missteps that alarmed more moderate Republicans. In a series of interviews the day after his primary victory, Mourdock said compromise should consist of Democrats bowing to Republican demands and stood by tea party views popular with the base of conservative voters, but not the general populace.

“To me the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else,” he told MSNBC the day after the primary.

Mourdock later tried to tack back toward the middle with declarations that he could work with Democrats, but he stumbled again in a televised Oct. 23 debate when he explained his opposition to abortion except in cases in which the mother’s life is in danger.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said.

Republicans, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, initially distanced themselves from Mourdock but later walked their criticism back, with many saying they didn’t agree with his statement but supported Mourdock’s candidacy.

Democrats spent millions of dollars flooding the airwaves with those comments and other statements by Mourdock in a bid to attract disillusioned Lugar supporters.

For all the Mourdock campaign said about the comment not mattering to voters and arguing that the electorate was more concerned with “Obamacare” and federal spending, voters said it still weighed on their minds in the voting booth.

Kaye Young, 78, of Indianapolis voted for Lugar in the primary and said she thought it was “a shame they kicked him out.”

She said Richard Mourdock “irritated the tar out of me” with his comment on rape. But she still voted for him.

“I don’t want a Democrat in there,” she said. “I’m against Obama and Obamacare. I don’t think Obama has done a good job.

The comment came to be the defining moment of the race. A Howey/DePauw University Battleground poll taken Oct. 28-30 showed Donnelly breaking open a double-digit lead over Mourdock.

“Candidates really matter in Indiana, they (voters) want a good, common-sense approach. They don’t like candidates too far in either direction,” said Christine Matthews, a veteran Republican pollster who conducted the Howey/DePauw poll with Democratic pollster Fred Yang.

“Mourdock was just too far out there, there was just a sense he’s too far outside the mainstream,” she said.

National Republicans descended on Indiana late in the battle after it became apparent Mourdock was in trouble, sending national staff and Republican senators, including National Republican Senate Committee Chairman John Cornyn, to campaign for Mourdock.

The Donnelly campaign, meanwhile, ran a steady, largely mistake-free race, consistently boxing in Mourdock as a tea partyer and getting ads up early to define Donnelly as a moderate Democrat in the mold of former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh.

Indiana’s Senate battle was the most expensive the state ever has seen, topping $25 million spent on air by outside groups and the campaigns.

Donnelly now becomes the new standard-bearer for Indiana’s Democrats, whose statewide successes almost exclusively have stemmed from the Bayh family. Mourdock, meanwhile, joins the ranks of tea party candidates who ousted moderate Republicans in primaries but could not find enough support among the general electorate.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Election 2012
  • Bosma2.jpg Indiana House leader pledges no abuse of super-majority power

    Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma promised not to exploit the super power of the Republicans’ new super-majority status in the Statehouse, saying he hopes Democrats will be “partners” in passing legislation to benefit Hoosiers.

    November 8, 2012 1 Photo

  • Vigo ballots saw lengthy list of presidential candidates

    While most voters on Tuesday knew the names of Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, there was a long list of other presidential candidates on the Indiana ballot.

    November 8, 2012

  • Pence promises to go forward with education overhaul, tax cut pledge

    Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence said he’ll make job creation “job one” when he takes office in January and promised to abide by his campaign’s “Roadmap for Indiana” plan, which includes support for education reforms that voters seemed to reject and a tax cut that legislative leaders oppose.

    November 8, 2012

  • MET 110612 ANDERSON WINS.jpg Anderson tops Mason: GOP candidate unseats incumbent Dem Commissioner Paul Mason

    Republican Brad Anderson pulled off the lone upset at the county level Tuesday, defeating long-time Democrat incumbent Paul Mason for the District 3 seat for Vigo County Commissioner.

    November 7, 2012 2 Photos

  • Clay County election 2012

    A massive turnout by Clay County voters had general election participation nearing 60 percent by the final unofficial count.

    November 7, 2012

  • Parke County election 2012

    A majority of Parke County voters selected Mitt Romney as their president by a vote of 4,228 to President Barack Obama’s 2,106 votes, while the governor’s race went to Mike Pence with 3,366 votes to John Gregg’s 2,818 votes.

    November 7, 2012

  • Vigo sees strong voter turnout for presidential election

    Vigo County saw a strong voter turnout — 52.5 percent — in Tuesday’s 2012 general election, but that total fell short of the nearly 56 percent voter turnout in the presidential election four years ago.

    November 7, 2012

  • Vermillion County election 2012

    Voter turnout in Vermillion County Tuesday was 59 percent Tuesday as more than 6,750 voters cast ballots in 17 precincts.

    November 7, 2012

  • Election 2012 logo copy.jpg Obama wins re-election

    President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Republican Mitt Romney as well as the weak economy and high unemployment that encumbered his first term and crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Incumbent Anderson retains seat

    Democratic incumbent Judith Anderson won a fourth term for Vigo County Commissioner District 2 in a race that was close with a first-time challenging candidate.

    November 6, 2012

  • Congressman Bucshon retains seat in House

    Indiana Congressman Larry Bucshon, a Republican, held off a tough election challenge to retain his 8th District U.S. House seat.

    November 6, 2012

  • MET110612election rotunda.jpg Dems sweep Council At-Large seats

    Democrats swept all three Vigo County Council At-Large seats Tuesday, returning two incumbents plus adding a newcomer to the body.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • MET110612election crockett.jpg Crockett wins to take over Vigo clerk’s office

    In the Vigo County clerk’s race, Democrat Dave Crockett defeated Republican Mike Morris by a vote of 21,025 to 16,857.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Election 2012 logo copy.jpg Challenger Ritz knocks off Bennett in state superintendent race

    Democrat challenger Glenda Ritz pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday night, beating incumbent Republican Tony Bennett in the unexpectedly tight race for Indiana superintendent of public instruction.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Election 2012 logo copy.jpg Donnelly gives Democrats Indiana Senate victory

    Democrat Joe Donnelly triumphed Tuesday in one of the nation’s most tumultuous Senate races, capitalizing on fallout over his tea party-backed opponent’s comment that a pregnancy resulting from rape is “something God intended” to capture a seat that just a year ago looked to be a lock for Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Heaton wins re-election in Indiana House District 46

    In House District 46, incumbent Republican Bob Heaton won re-election to a second term, defeating Democrat James Mann II, who ran for elected office for the first time.

    November 6, 2012

  • ELN 101612 BORDERS BRUCE.jpg Longtime Rep. Borders loses re-election bid

    Indiana State Rep. Bruce Borders, a long-time Republican representative from Greene County, apparently lost his re-election bid Tuesday by a razor-thin margin to Democrat Rep. Kreg Battles, also a member of the Indiana House.

    November 6, 2012 1 Photo

  • Phone system glitch slows vote counting in Vigo Courthouse

    A phone system problem at the Vigo County Courthouse has slowed down vote counting tonight.

    November 6, 2012

  • Election 2012 logo copy.jpg SLIDESHOW: General Election 2012 Photos by Tribune-Star photographers Bob Poynter, Joe Garza and Jim Avelis. Check back for more photos.

    November 6, 2012

  • MET110612raley.jpg Vigo County seeing strong voter turnout

    Voter turnout appears strong in Vigo County as election 2012 reaches its climax.

    November 6, 2012 3 Photos

  • Indiana voters can buy alcohol after voting this year

    This Election Day marks the first presidential election year in several decades where Indiana voters can buy alcohol after casting their votes.

    November 6, 2012

  • What Indiana voters have to say about 2012 races

    Across Indiana, thousands of people are casting votes for dozens of races, including the White House, Senate, Congress and the General Assembly. Here’s what they’re saying about why they cast their votes:

    November 6, 2012

  • Voting machine problems delay some Indiana voters

    Voting machine problems have caused delays and long lines in Hamilton County, a heavily populated Indianapolis suburb that’s a Republican stronghold.

    November 6, 2012

  • Indiana race could be showdown over school changes

    The campaign to lead Indiana’s education department is being watched as a referendum on school policies pushed by conservatives across the country.

    October 29, 2012

  • Congressional, State Representative debates set for October

    The League of Women Voters of Knox County (Vincennes) will host two live televised debates in Vincennes in October.
    The first debate will be Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. EDT between the candidates for Indiana House of Representatives, District 45, Rep. Kreg Battles and Rep. Bruce Borders.
    The second debate will be Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. featuring the candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 8th District, Congressman Larry Bucshon, Dave Crooks, and Bart Gadau. This Congressional debate will be co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Vigo County (Terre Haute).

    October 1, 2012

  • AG candidate spells out concerns

    Indiana’s sex offender registry, consumer protection and protecting children from abuse while improving the state’s Child Protective Services agency are among the top issues for Indianapolis attorney Kay Fleming, Democatic candidate for Indiana Attorney General.

    September 20, 2012

  • Dates set for Indiana Senate, governor debates

    Two debates have been scheduled for next month between the candidates for Indiana’s U.S. Senate election, although organizers are still calling them tentative as final details are worked out.

    September 11, 2012

  • Lieutenant governor candidates debate farm issues today

    The three candidates for Indiana's lieutenant governor are meeting to debate farm issues.

    August 15, 2012

  • Candidates agree to three gubernatorial debates

    Indiana’s three gubernatorial candidates have committed to three televised debates this fall through the Indiana Debate Commission.
    Candidates include Democrat John Gregg, Republican Mike Pence and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.

    July 5, 2012

  • Gregg introduces State Sen. Vi Simpson as choice for lieutenant governor

    Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg this afternoon introduced State Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Ellettsville,  as his running mate for the 2012 election.

    May 22, 2012

Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Raw: Violent Clashes Between Libyan Militias 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Fox Dons 'Bondage Strap' Skirt at Comic-Con Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity