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Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

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Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
District 2District 3District 5District 7District 8District 9District 10District 12District 13District 16District 18District 20District 24District 28District 30District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 40District 42District 44District 50
Indiana State Senate2012 Indiana House Elections
Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate were held in Indiana on November 6, 2012. A total of 25 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 10, 2012 for major party candidates. Third party candidates were required to file to run for election by July 2, 2012. The primary Election Day was May 8, 2012.

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012 and State legislative elections, 2012

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 6 election, the Republican Party held the majority in the Indiana State Senate:

Indiana State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 13 13
     Republican Party 37 37
Total 50 50


Incumbents retiring

A total of two incumbents did not run for re-election in 2012. Those incumbents were:

Name Party Current Office
Beverly Gard Ends.png Republican Senate District 28
Richard Bray Ends.png Republican Senate District 37

Campaign contributions

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Indiana in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 57 $4,046,473
2008 99 $4,518,011
2006 84 $5,289,748
2004 73 $3,820,464
2002 76 $3,243,894

In 2010, the total amount of contributions raised in state senate elections was $4,046,473. The top donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Senate Majority Campaign Cmte of Indiana $578,408
Indiana Democratic Party $532,797
Indiana Republican Party $305,368
Indiana State Teachers Association $82,287
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $78,200
AT&T $73,550
Hoosiers for Economic Growth $72,500
Indiana Hospital Association $56,750
Vision Concepts $56,689
Indiana Motor Truck Association $56,150

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Indiana State Senate, a candidate must be:[3]

  • A United States citizen at the time of election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the senate district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-five (25) years old upon taking office
  • Registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination
Map of Indiana Senate Districts with less than 10% party registration differential before and after the 2010 redistricting. A total of 11 legislative districts meet the criteria before and after 2010.

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Indiana

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Indiana's population increased from 6.08 million to 6.48 million between 2000 and 2010.[4] The population growth was not evenly distributed, however. The areas around Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne grew significantly, while rural areas along both the northern and southern borders grew in population as well. Rural areas in the west and central parts of the state north of Indianapolis generally lost population, as did the city of Gary.[5]

The Indiana State Senate districts experienced relatively few changes compared to the House. Due to the longtime Republican dominance of the state senate and the size of the district, only small changes were made and major overhauls and conflicts were avoided. Major changes occurred in the new state house plans, however; eight districts were left without incumbents and ten districts put incumbents together into the same district.[6]

In Indiana, there were 11 state senate districts where the partisan registration of Democratic and Republican voters was less than 10 percentage points apart. These districts would be considered "competitive" when looked at strictly with respect to vote party affiliation. The 11 districts in Indiana were Districts 5, 15, 16, 22, 29, 30, 31, 32, 35, 36 and 44.

List of candidates

District 2

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Lonnie M. Randolph: 30,825 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyEarline S. Rogers: 42,011 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Ed Charbonneau: 11,240 Approveda - Incumbent Charbonneau first assumed office in 2007.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyDebora "Deb" Porter: 24,766
Republican PartyEd Charbonneau: 30,039 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.

Note: Brad Thompson did not appear on the primary ballot, but was nominated at a local Democratic Party caucus to appear on the general election ballot.[8]

Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Brandt Hershman: 14,118 Approveda - Incumbent Hershman first assumed office in 2000.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyBrad Thompson: 16,748
Republican PartyBrandt Hershman: 29,212 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJim Arnold: 30,777 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyEric Harris: 22,029

District 9

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Ryan D. Mishler: 13,634 Approveda - Incumbent Mishler first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyRyan D. Mishler: 40,136 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • John E. Broden: 6,252 Approveda - Incumbent Broden first assumed office in 2000.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn E. Broden: 30,096 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyGlenn L. Terry: 13,293

District 12

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Carlin Yoder: 10,815 Approveda - Incumbent Yoder first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJim Ball: 13,206
Republican PartyCarlin Yoder: 28,933 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyC. Susan Glick: 33,039 Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • David C. Long: 11,407 Approveda - Incumbent Long first assumed office in 1996.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyCharles T. Keen: 17,809
Republican PartyDavid C. Long: 33,290 Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Randall Head: 13,246 Approveda - Incumbent Head first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyRandall Head: 34,348 Green check mark transparent.png

District 20

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Luke Kenley: 17,331 Approveda - Incumbent Kenley first assumed office in 1992.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyLuke Kenley: 50040 Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Connie Lawson: 15,177 Approveda - Incumbent Lawson first assumed office in 1996.
Note: Connie Lawson was appointed Secretary of State on March 16, 2012. It was too late for her to withdraw from the primary. Once the primary occurred, she then withdrew from the Senate race. Pete Miller was named as her replacement on the ballot via a caucus.[9]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyCharles Albert Bender: 18,085
Republican PartyPete Miller: 39,032 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Incumbent Republican Beverly Gard did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMichael L. Adkins: 21,125
Republican PartyMichael Crider: 34,035 Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Scott Schneider: 16,565 Approveda - Incumbent Schneider first assumed office in 2009.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyTim DeLaney: 33,517
Republican PartyScott Schneider: 34,445 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyF.C. Peterson: 1,880

Note: F.C. Peterson filed for candidacy after the May 8 primary.[10]

District 32

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJohn F. Barnes: 20,128
Republican PartyPatricia L. Miller: 29,163 Green check mark transparent.png

District 33

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Greg Taylor: 10,594 Approveda - Incumbent Taylor first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyGreg Taylor: 43,946 Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian PartyGena Martinez: 4,632

Note: Libertarian Gena Martinez filed for candidacy after the May 8 primary.[10]

District 34

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Jean Breaux: 10,555 Approveda - Incumbent Breaux first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJean Breaux: 43,843 Green check mark transparent.png - Incumbent Breaux first assumed office in 2008.
IndependentEric Scott: 0

Note: Eric "The Nobody" Scott filed for candidacy as a write-in Independent candidate after the May 8, 2012, primary.[10]

District 35

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMark Waterfill: 17,897
Republican PartyR. Michael Young: 23,425 Green check mark transparent.png

District 36

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Brent Waltz: 9,634 Approveda - Incumbent Waltz first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMary Ann Sullivan: 19,333
Republican PartyBrent Waltz: 21,969 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

Note: Incumbent Richard Bray did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyJim S. Cahill: 14,947
Republican PartyRodric D. Bray: 36,959 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • Vi Simpson: 5,353 Approveda - Incumbent Simpson first assumed office in 1984.
Note: Vi Simpson was selected as the official Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, forcing her to withdraw from the race.[12] Mark Stoops was named as the replacement candidate at a caucus on June 28.[13]
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyMark Stoops: 30,656 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyReid Dallas: 20,275

District 42

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Jean Leising: 13,980 Approveda - Incumbent Leising first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyJean Leising: 37,152 Green check mark transparent.png

District 44

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Brent Steele: 13,208 Approveda - Incumbent Steele first assumed office in 2004.

November 6 General election candidates:

Republican PartyBrent Steele: 38,691 Green check mark transparent.png

District 50

Democratic Party May 8 Democratic primary:
Republican Party May 8 GOP primary:
  • Vaneta Becker: 9,655 Approveda - Incumbent Becker first assumed office in 2005.

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic PartyTerry A. White: 21,038
Republican PartyVaneta Becker: 31,126 Green check mark transparent.png

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