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2018 Indiana Election Results

By The Capitol Group on 11/7/2018

Your team at The Capitol Group followed results throughout the evening and early morning to provide you a comprehensive outline of the races in Indiana. 

$64.6 Million. According to the Chicago Tribune outside groups spent $64.6 million on the Indiana US Senate Race. The millions spent on political ads either frustrated or inspired voters. The question of whether the red or blue wave will take over the Hoosier state is no longer in question.   

Republican Mike Braun defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly on Tuesday in Indiana, flipping a key Senate seat coveted by the GOP for six years. Braun won with 53 percent of the vote to Donnelly’s 43 percent. 

Governor Eric Holcomb released this statement following Mike Braun’s victory in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race: 
 “Congratulations to Mike Braun, Indiana’s next U.S. Senator. I’ve always said that we need more Indiana in Washington, and that’s exactly what we’re getting with Mike Braun. Mike Braun understands the 28 words of the 10th Amendment. He’s built a homegrown Indiana business and served at the Statehouse. He knows a thing or two about Hoosier solutions – and he’ll take those solutions with him Washington.”    

Some of the more interesting races throughout the night were in Hamilton and Marion Counties, with Senator Mike Delph losing to JD Ford.  The Republican has represented Senate District 29 since 2005. Delph chairs the Veterans Affairs committee and is the ranking member on the Homeland Security and Transportation committee. He missed a portion of the last legislative session because of a deployment with the Army Reserve doing recovery work in Puerto Rico after damage caused by Hurricane Maria last September. He will now be replaced by the Democratic challenger J.D. Ford. 

Ford claimed victory at the Indiana Democratic Party election night gathering. He had 53 percent of the vote to Delph's 47 percent with 90 of 96 precincts reporting. 

Although results have not been finalized the Democrats flipped at least one seat in the house and potentially a few more. The Senate Republicans will continue to maintain their supermajority status even with the loss of Delph. The split be 40-10 in the Senate. There are several races that are still too close to call but it’s likely that the House Republicans will maintain could put supermajority status.

-    Republican Incumbent Hal Slager is currently down by 50 votes 
-    Republican Incumbent Julie Oltoff is currently down by 504 votes
-    Democrat Incumbent Joe Taylor is currently down by 202 votes

As the votes are finalized today, we will keep you updated on any significant changes.  

In the House Congressional races, incumbent Jim Banks has been re-elected in the race for Congress from Indiana's 3rd Congressional District. With 30 percent of the precincts reporting, Banks, a Republican, had 77,055 votes, or 66 percent, to 39,537 votes, or 34 percent, for Democrat Courtney Tritch. 

Following the victory of Indiana’s Republican statewide ticket of Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz and Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer released the following statement: 
 “It’s all about results for Connie Lawson, Tera Klutz and Kelly Mitchell. Their victories tonight are a win for Hoosiers, as together they are providing great government service at our Statehouse. Connie Lawson is safeguarding our elections, Tera Klutz is keeping Indiana the fiscal envy of the nation, and Kelly Mitchell is investing Indiana’s funds wisely. Congratulations to these proven leaders who will continue to keep Indiana on the right track.”