Eric Holcomb Wins Indiana Governor’s Race; GOP Sweeps State Offices
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana lieutenant governor Eric Holcomb won election as Indiana’s next governor on Election Day, November 8.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana Republicans are riding the Trump/Pence wave to victory on Election Night.
The GOP claimed victory in every statewide office, not even one of them by a close margin.
The governor’s mansion will stay in Republican hands. Eric Holcomb defeated John Gregg in the race for governor, 52 percent to 45 percent, with 74 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:00 p.m.
Holcomb is Mike Pence’s lieutenant governor, chosen for the position earlier this year. He thrust himself into the gubernatorial race in July after Pence opted to join Donald Trump on the Republican presidential ticket.
— Eric Holcomb (@HolcombForIN) November 9, 2016
Gregg had been campaigning for two years. He previously lost to Pence in the 2012 gubernatorial election in a much closer race.
The gubernatorial race was viewed by many as a referendum on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy last year. That frustration by Hoosiers apparently did not carry into this election.
Freedom Indiana, an organization working for LGBT rights in the state, congratulated Holcomb on the victory.
“We look forward to working with Governor-elect Holcomb to educate him about the benefits that full LGBT protections provide,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Chris Paulsen.
“Over the past year, we have seen communities across the state adopt fully inclusive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals. Hoosiers are ready to turn the page on discrimination, and Freedom Indiana is dedicated to working with elected officials across the state to ensure that everyone, including LGBT Hoosiers, can live their lives without fear of discrimination.”
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Holcomb received strong support in southeast Indiana. He ranged from 58 percent of the vote in Switzerland County to 70.5 percent in Dearborn County. A recent announcement that Ports of Indiana that the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg would be the potential site for the state’s fourth port may have galvanized local support of the Republican candidate.
Indiana’s lone Democratic statewide office holder was Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of public instruction. He upset Republican Tony Bennett in the 2012 election. However, Ritz may have been a victim of Indiana’s Trump wave as she lost her re-election battle Tuesday to Republican Jennifer McCormick. McCormick is the superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools.
For Indiana Attorney General, Republican Curtis Hill outgained Democrat Lorenzo Arredondo, 63 to 37 percent. The office, vacated by two-term AG Greg Zoeller, will stay in Republican hands.
Holcomb and crew will have help in the general assembly from southeast Indiana. Local GOP state representatives Greensburg’s Randy Frye (House District 67), West Harrison’s Randy Lyness (House District 68), Batesville’s Cindy Zeimke (House District 55), and Oldenburg’s Jean Leising (Senate District 42) all won re-election in convincing fashion. Their victories may allow Republicans to retain their supermajorities in the Indiana House and Senate.
I want to thank everyone who came out and voted today. I want to thank those who voted for me and my volunteers. pic.twitter.com/vmVDoRKh5x
— Randy Frye (@RandyFrye3) November 9, 2016
Indiana 6th District U.S. Congressman Luke Messer will be returning to Washington to represent southeast Indiana for a third term. He claimed a landslide win over Democrat Barry Welsh and Libertarian Rich Turvey.
“It is clear after a long election season that people are hungry for serious leadership that will deliver results, not more of the same,” Messer said in a victory statement. “I am energized by this victory, and I will continue to focus on getting Washington DC back on the side of the American People.”