The seas of change were in store for Indiana one way or another on election Tuesday, as the state was assured a new governor and new senator.
Much of the national focus centered in on the state as the senatorial battle between Republican nominee Richard Mourdock, Democrat Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian Andrew Horning.
Mourdock fared well within Hendricks County lines, carrying more than 54 percent of the vote, yet Donnelly won the U.S. Senate seat for the state.
“Joe’s win is a reflection that Hoosiers want some Hoosier common sense in Washington. They don’t care about party, they care about who is going to get the job done,” said Ben Ray, press secretary for the Indiana Democratic Party.
He said Donnelly’s chief task will be job creation.
“Joe’s one focus is making sure every Hoosier that wants a job has a job,” he promised.
Horning saw a successful campaign as a third party candidate but expressed regret that his message did not get out as well as he hoped, and urges Hoosiers to look deeper into the issues that are rarely talked about.
“It’s frustrating because you always have hopes that people are going to crack that status quo habit. Yet they keep doing the same thing expecting better results,” Horning said, noting that he doubled his numbers in 2012 from any past election he’d been a part of. “Every election cycle I hear the same words, that this time it’s too close, too important, they’ll vote Libertarian next time. It’s not like we ever change our tune though. It’s always been the Constitution against all the networks. But this is the best I’ve ever done and I can’t complain about that at all.”
In the gubernatorial race, Republican-elect Mike Pence cruised in Hendricks County, holding more than 61 percent of the vote, distancing himself from Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham.