Indiana Statehouse

There's no way to sugarcoat it for statewide Indiana Democrats: the 2018 midterm election was a tough one.

Despite the national party flipping dozens of seats and taking control of the United States House of Representatives, seven of the Indiana's nine districts are represented by Republicans.

And, in the Statehouse, Republicans retained their supermajority status.

Indiana House Republicans now hold a 67-33 seat majority, while Indiana Senate Republicans hold a 40-10 advantage.

“Hoosiers appreciate results, and that's exactly what they get from Governor Eric Holcomb and Republicans at the Statehouse," said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, in a Friday statement. "By voting to maintain our supermajorities in the General Assembly, Hoosiers have made it clear that Indiana is on the right track, and that we must continue this momentum."

With 100 percent of precincts reporting to the Indiana Secretary of State's office on Friday, only two races stuck out as being even close in contested races in central Indiana: Indiana Senate District 31 and Indiana House District 89.

First elected to represent District 89 in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010, Republican Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Indianapolis, faced a re-election challenge from Democrat John Barnes. Kirchhofer came away with 50.5 percent, 10,452 votes, to Barnes' 49.5 percent, 10,229 votes.

First elected to represent District 31 in the Indiana State Senate in 1990, Republican Sen. James Merritt Jr. faced a re-election challenge from Democrat Derek Camp. Merritt ended up with 51.4 percent - 30,217 votes to Camp's 48.6 percent, 28,597 votes.

In one of the only bright spots for Indiana Democrats on Tuesday, J.D. Ford ousted incumbent Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel.

Delph has represented District 29 in the Indiana Senate since 2005. As was the case in 2014, he was once again being challenged by Ford, but this time the results were in Democrats’ favor. Ford came away with 56.7 percent, 31,880 votes, to Delph's 43.3 percent, 24,373 votes.

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.


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