|2000 Indiana Primary ... |
Local results yield upsets, and
some surprises among outcomes by Mark Grigsby
Green Banner Publications
Low voter turnout for the Indiana primary last Tuesday, May 2, played a part in some upsets in state, district and local races. While the outcome of some races didn't pose anything different, some throughout the region held surprises as they went down to the wire before a winner was finally announced. Statewide, voters gave Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore their go ahead. Bush blew past challenger John McCain with 329,565 votes to McCain's 76,638. Gore passed opponent Bill Bradley with 219,506 votes. Bradley earned 66,236. Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the final Democrat had 9,389. For U.S. Senator incumbent Republican Richard Lugar received 356,615. Democratic challenger David L. Johnson received 192,390. Both were unopposed. Democrat Governor Frank O'Bannon of Corydon will face Republican challenger David McIntosh this fall in the general election. McIntosh received the nod over John Price, 279,996 to 114,550. Of most notable significance locally was Republican Michael Bailey's victory over challenger Kevin Kellams. The narrow win by Bailey ensures him of an opportunity to face Democratic incumbent Baron Hill in the fall general election for the Ninth Congressional District seat.