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Indiana 2020 Elections: What's Been Called And What Outcomes Are We Waiting On?

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Indiana 2020 Elections: What’s Been Called And What Outcomes Are We Waiting On?

Indiana 2020 Elections: What’s Been Called And What Outcomes Are We Waiting On?

Indiana was called by the Associated Press for incumbent President Donald Trump shortly before 9 p.m. While media organizations like – the AP – may call races on election night, final vote tallies may take up to several days to finish counting. 

Incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb Wins Reelection Bid

Just after polls closed for counties on Central Time, AP called the governor’s race in favor of incumbent Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. 

Holcomb’s victory marks the fifth straight gubernatorial win for Republicans – Indiana Democrats haven’t won a governor’s race since 2000.

Holcomb easily secured a second term in office, winning re-election over challengers Dr. Woody Myers, the Democrat, and Libertarian Donald Rainwater.

Republican Todd Rokita Wins Attorney General Race

Shortly before 10 p.m., AP called Indiana’s attorney general race for Republican Todd Rokita. 

Rokita, former Secretary of State and four-term congressman, secures Republican control over the statewide office for the sixth consecutive election. Democrats haven’t won the position since 1996.

His campaign announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for COVID-19, though it said Rokita’s exposure did not come through campaign activities.

Incumbent U.S. Representatives Win Reelections, Mrvan Wins 1st

U.S. Reps. Andre Carson (D-Indianapolis), Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), Jim Baird (R-Greencastle), Greg Pence (R-Columbus), Larry Bucshon (R-Newburgh), Jackie Walorski (R-Jimtown), and Trey Hollingsworth (R-Jeffersonville) were all called by AP before 11:30 p.m. election night. 

Democrat Frank Mrvan won Indiana’s 1st Congressional District race against Republican Mark Leyva and Libertarian Michael Strauss. Mrvan was endorsed by outgoing U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, who announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in November 2019 after serving for 35 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

What Outcomes Don’t We Know?

While early results lean in favor of passing its referendum, Gary Community School Corportation’s results are still incomplete. 

And as of 11 p.m., the outcome of Indiana’s 5th Congressional District is still unknown. Democrat Christina Hale’s campaign manager Joann Saridakis said in a statement, the campaign still remained “confident about our path to victory.” 

“There are still tens of thousands of mail-in votes in the 5th District that have not yet been counted, particularly in Marion and Hamilton Counties, where we have done a significant amount of voter outreach over these past few months,” Saridakis said in a statement. “This race is not over and we will continue to monitor vote totals before making any formal announcements.”

The race was expected to be tight, and at that point, Republican Victoria Spartz had a six-point lead on Hale.

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