2020 YEAR IN REVIEW: Dems come up short in Hamilton County

Voters on Nov. 3 dashed Democrats’ hopes of finally making big inroads in Hamilton County, where the GOP has long held a tight grip.

In Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Hamilton County, Republican Victoria Spartz prevailed, garnering 50% of the vote to Democrat Christina Hale’s 46%.

Republicans also prevailed in four Indiana House races, although they lost the Senate District 30 race, where Democrat Fady Qaddoura topped Republican incumbent John Ruckelshaus. That district includes part of northern Marion County and southern Hamilton County.

Democrats had been optimistic because, in recent years, they have been picking up support from voters—particularly female voters—in wealthy suburban counties across the country.

Political observers say the GOP benefited from Donald Trump’s strong support in the county, which helped bring out the Republican vote. Another factor was the pandemic, which left many Democrats reluctant to do door-to-
door campaigning.

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