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December 12, 2012

By Greg Janetka

Portal:State Executive Officials

Indianapolis, Indiana: Four state executive positions were up for election this year in the state of Indiana. With Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (R) term-limited, only two incumbents ran for re-election, one of whom won on November 6, 2012.

Here are the candidates who won election.[1]

Office Incumbent General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Governor Mitch Daniels
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Democratic Party John Gregg
Republican Party Mike Pence
Libertarian Party Rupert Boneham
Independent Donnie Harold Harris
Mike Pence No
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
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Democratic Party Vi Simpson
Republican Party Sue Ellspermann
Libertarian Party Brad Klopfenstein
Independent George Fish
Sue Ellspermann No
Attorney General Greg Zoeller
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Democratic PartyKay Fleming
Republican Party Greg Zoeller
Greg Zoeller No
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett
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Democratic PartyGlenda Ritz
Republican PartyTony Bennett
Glenda Ritz Yes

Official Results

See also: Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012
Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.
See also: Indiana attorney general election, 2012
Attorney General of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Zoeller Incumbent 58% 1,453,334
     Democratic Kay Fleming 42% 1,051,504
Total Votes 2,504,838
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.
See also: Indiana down ballot state executive elections, 2012
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGlenda Ritz 52.8% 1,332,755
     Republican Tony Bennett Incumbent 47.2% 1,190,716
Total Votes 2,523,471
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

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States with 2012 executive elections

There were 94 total seats up for election across 22 states this year, including 11 Governors, 9 Lt. Governors, 10 Attorneys General, 7 Secretaries of State and 57 down ballot seats.

  • Before the election, 51 of these offices were held by Democrats, 38 were held by Republicans, and the remaining 4 positions were held by non partisan or Independent officers . After the election, Democrats hold 49 (net loss of 2 seats), Republicans 42 (net gain of 4 seats), and Independents/non partisans only 1 (loss of 3).
  • Of the 69 incumbents who ran for election in 2012, 7 were defeated-6 Democrat and 1 Republican. Democratic Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau narrowly escaped that fate, having had to wait for her challenger to cancel a self-financed recount on December 11, 2012 before being named the official winner.[2]
  • Out of 25 total open seats, 13 were won by Democrats, 11 went to Republican, and 1 went to an Independent (nonpartisan) candidate. In all, there are 34 new state executives as a result of the election.
  • From the gubernatorial perspective, after the November 2012 election, there are 30 Republican and 19 Democratic governors.[3] If the GOP had taken five governor seats from Democrats on November 6, that would have given the party 34 -- the most for Republicans since 1922. As of December 2012, the number of Democratic governors in the country is at its lowest since 2001.
2012 State Executive Election Partisan Breakdown
Party Before 2012 Election After 2012 Election Net Change
Democratic 51 50 -1
Republican 38 43 +5
Independent (Nonpartisan) 4 1 -3
TOTALS 931 vacant 94
2012 State Executive Election Analysis
Party Open Seat Winners Defeated Incumbents New State Executives
Democratic 13 6 15
Republican 11 1 18
Independent (Nonpartisan) 1 0 1
TOTALS 25 7 34

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