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Incumbent defeats Speedway exec in Terre Haute

November 8, 2011

Republican Duke Bennett has ended a losing streak for incumbent mayors in Terre Haute.

Residents in the western Indiana city elected Bennett for a second term Tuesday after four predecessors lost re-election bids. According to unofficial results reported by WTHI-TV, Bennett received 69 percent of the vote Tuesday with 92 percent of precincts reporting. Democrat Fred Nation, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive, received 31 percent of the vote. Bennett won by just more than 100 votes four years ago.

Bennett told voters he was a leader who could make tough decisions, saying he had cut the city's budget.

Nation was a former press secretary for then-Gov. Evan Bayh. He had campaigned on a promise of creating jobs.

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