November 7th, 2012 at 12:10 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

I missed a couple of predictions but still had a pretty good batting average.  I told you Tony Bennett would get a scare but didn’t see Glenda Ritz winning.  I was also wrong about Tim DeLaney winning a state Senate seat and the Democrats, therefore, making a gain in that chamber.

Here’s what I got right:  President, Senate, governor, 5 Congressional races, Republican gains in the Indiana House and Attorney General.

That looks like 10 out of 12 from here.

5 Responses to “Scorecard”

  1. Doug Hanscom says:

    Mr. Shella – You did make a couple of comments that I must take exception to last night. One was something to the effect of “Wow, there must still be a union network for this to happen.” Then later you attributed Bennett’s defeat to the “Mourdock effect.”

    You are wrong on both counts. Bennett lost because educators (and a lot of informed public) voted against him, all right, but it was NOT a union issue; it was an educational issue. Almost to a person, you will find that public school teachers reviled this man, not only because of his arrogance and pomp, but because those of us who work in the field realized he was wrong on SO many issues. He was BAD for the public schools of Indiana. His stance on testing, evaluation of teachers, grading of schools, vouchers, and charter schools flew in the face of sound educational practice, and teachers were sick of it. It has nothing to do with whether or not those teachers belong to a union.

    I don’t belong to a union, my kids have high test scores, and I think Tony Bennett was the worst thing to hit our schools in decades. Many others apparently feel the same way. It wasn’t unions, it wasn’t Mourdock — it was Bennett and his awful policies the people voted against.

  2. mmdindy says:

    Does 69-31 House majority cause any sort of headaches for the GOP? In other words, is there such a thing as too much prosperity?

  3. Guajalote says:


    Tony Bennett’s loss was difficult to see coming unless you started talking to teachers and parents who were growing more and more exasperated with his abrasive and overbearing style of “reform.” The fact that Glenda Ritz beat Tony Bennett soundly from wire-to-wire is not attributable to the “Mourdock” effect (as I’ve heard some mention) but to Bennett’s callous and overconfident leadership style. I wish Glenda Ritz all the luck in the world as she works her hardest to implement programs and policies at the Department of Education that she herself has proven to be effective instruction.

  4. Chris says:


    As a teacher of 14 years, this is the first time I saw teachers united, but to give credit to the “union” is false. I work in a district where my union never told me to vote for Ritz, and this was the same in other districts as well. This was a movement teachers started on their own. We now know we can influence people to vote for education. I personally had 45 hardcore Republican friends and family vote for her. Next time we will bond together to fight for state senate and house seats. During lunch today, we made a quick list of the candidates we want to help remove from office during the next election. I never saw one FB post about state representative and senate seats, but saw 100′s for Ritz. Next time it will be different. The Republicans better take notice.

  5. Tony says:

    “Tony Bennett’s loss was difficult to see coming unless you started talking to teachers and parents”

    What is he, a journalist or something?