In a state that routinely rewards Republican candidates, Democrats were expected to have a somewhat breakthrough year here.
Sure, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Woody Myers, wasn’t expected to do well. But in the 5th Congressional District, Democrats had high hope for Christina Hale in a race against Republican Victoria Spartz. They thought former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel had at least a shot at beating Republican Todd Rokita. And Democrats spent heavily in an attempt to knock off several GOP lawmakers in Hamilton County.
But Republicans swept all of those races and many others, actually strengthening their hold at the Statehouse.
So podcast host Mason King talked with University of Indianapolis political science professor Laura Merrifield Wilson and IBJ political reporter Lindsey Erdody about the messages Indiana voters sent at the polls.
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