Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


November 6, 2012

Decatur County solidly in support of GOP

Greensburg — From top to bottom, Decatur County voters overwhelmingly chose Republican candidates over their Democratic counterparts in Tuesday’s General Election.

Local elections saw a clean GOP sweep of the Decatur County Council, with Ernest Gauck and Geneva Hunt retaining their seats and Bill Metz claiming his for the first time.

Elsewhere, incumbent Commissioner John Richards (District 3) defeated challenger James Koors by a margin of nearly 62 percent to about 38 percent.

The race for Decatur Circuit Court Judge also saw the GOP prevail, as Timothy B. Day handily beat Robert Wickins.

The majority of the rest of the races across the state saw similar results.

Decatur County native Luke Messer dominated the voting over all parties in the race for United States Congress in District 6. Messer took home more than two thirds of the vote in his home county on his way to an eventual overall victory.

Popular District 67 State Representative Randy Frye also proved to be too much for challenger Tom Cheek.

Frye took more than 75 percent of the Decatur County vote and will retain his spot in the Statehouse.

Batesville native Cindy Ziemke defeated her challenger, Democrat Dave Moeller as well.

In fact, by the time final results for Decatur County were made public Tuesday evening, not a single opposed Democrat had come out the victor.

Democrat Joe Donnelly was predicted as the winner of a hotly contested race between he and Republican Richard Mourdock late Tuesday. Donnelly’s predicted victory, estimated by many news outlets following controversial comments made by Mourdock recently, didn’t stop Tree City voters from casting their ballots for the Republican in droves.

The same could be said in the race for governor as well, with Mike Pence easily taking the spot over Democrat John Gregg. By press time Tuesday night, Pence and Gregg were still in a dead heat and news outlets were unable to predict a clear victor.

On the national scale, President Obama proved to be an unpopular choice among Decatur Countians, losing by more than 4,000 votes. The final results of the Presidential Election were not available at press time.

Overall, just over 67 percent of registered voters in Decatur County cast ballots Tuesday.

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

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