Welcome to our flagship series of articles, 50/100. This series of articles breaks down what would happen if a given state (in this case, Indiana) ruled the nation, and also shows the results of the last election.
The 2016 federal election season was rough for Democrats. They only maintained the two House seats they already had, and picked up no open seats, as well as losing the state in the Presidential election. There were two open seats in the House, one in the Senate, and the Governor’s seat was open as well. Democrats lost all of these races.
Donald Trump (R-NY), now the President, won the Republican primary in this state. The Democratic primary winner was Bernie Sanders (D/I-VT).
Result: In the general election, Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton (D-NY), 56.9%-37.8%, with write-ins and Libertarians making up the other 5.3% of the vote. The race, called at 8:00 PM on Election day, was bad news for Hillary Clinton as Indiana has voted with the winning candidate 70% of the time in the last 116 years (or 29 elections). In fact, in the past ten years, the only candidate who has won as a Democrat was Barack Obama (D-IL). Indiana had 11 electoral votes, or 4% of what was needed to win the Presidency
The Gubernatorial election was unusual in that the Republican state committee chose their candidate. Originally, Mike Pence (R) would have run for the seat, but since he was selected by Donald Trump, the committee selected Eric Holcomb, Pence’s running mate, to run against John Gregg (D), the former State Speaker of the House. Despite Gregg having a bigger war chest than Holcomb at first, and ultimately outspending and having more contributions than the winner, the Republican still won the governor’s seat.
Result: Republican Eric Holcomb won over John Gregg, 52.93%-45.73%, with the Libertarian Party making up 1.34% of the vote. The result has given Republicans control of the Governor’s seat for twelve straight years.
The open Senate Seat (held by Dan Coats until he announced he was not seeking another term) was won by Todd Young (R). His opponent, Evan Bayh (D), entered the race ahead by 7 points and with a sizable cash advantage. But series of missteps, such as the revelation that he was considered by the State of Indiana to be an “inactive voter,” that he was searching for jobs at financial firms while serving on the Banking Committee while in his last term as Senator, and apparently not knowing his own home address, tanked his campaign. Young shrewdly portrayed him as a candidate who, for the last six years, had left Hoosiers to “fend for themselves.”
Result: Republican Todd Young won over Evan Bayh, 52.1%-42.4%, with Libertarian Lucy Brenton winning 5.5% of the vote. This election guarantees that Republicans will have held this Senate seat for at least twelve consecutive years.
The House results were also dismal for the Democrats, winning only two of nine possible seats, and none of the open seats. Incumbents, however, did very well for themselves, winning all seven of their seats back.
District 1: Peter Visclosky (D) def. John Meyer (R)
District 2: Jackie Walorski (R) def. Lynn Coleman (D)
District 3: Jim Banks (R) def. Tommy Schrader (D)
District 4: Todd Rokita (R) def. John Dale (D)
District 5: Susan Brooks (R) def. Angela Demaree (D)
District 6: Luke Messer (R) def. Barry Welsh (D)
District 7: Andre Carson (D) def. Catherine Ping**(R)
District 8: Larry Bucshon (R) def. Ron Drake (D)
District 9: Trey Hollingsworth (R) df. Shelli Yoder (D)
*Third party candidates are only mentioned if they are the only other candidate running.
**Ran in 2014
So, how would Indiana run the nation if they were in charge?
They would definitely reduce government spending, prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and help veterans. They would be one vote away from supporting the agriculture industry, improving and investing in agriculture, and overhauling the tax code. Finally, they would be two votes away from repealing the Affordable Care Act, protecting the Second Amendment, Balancing the Budget, Securing the Border, being Pro-Israel, supporting the manufacturing industry, using natural gas as our national energy source, and making the nation pro-life.
It should be noted that Hoosier politicians at the federal level do not agree on how to help veterans, or how to support either manufacturing or agriculture.
Methodology: Poli Sci Pulse digested the public Congressional and Gubernatorial pages of the winners above. Once a majority of politicians were in favor (or against) something, we used this as one of the things the state would do if their public pages were not, in fact, lying.