FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Indiana Republicans swept every major race in the state Tuesday night, starting at the top of the ballot with Donald Trump and governor Mike Pence.
“Thank you everybody for all the excitement in the room and encouragement and support for Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States of America,” Trump’s Indiana Vice Chairman Tony Samuel said to a crowd at the GOP headquarters Tuesday.
The successes reached all the way down the ticket, including one of the most watched races, not only at home but across the nation, between Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh.
“We need a healthy dose of common sense Hoosier conservatism to meet the expectations of all Hoosiers,” Young said during his acceptance speech. “We need more Indiana in Washington and less Washington in Indiana.”
In the race for governor, Eric Holcomb won his first ever election.
“Well race fans we just captured the checkered flag,” Holcomb told the large crowd Tuesday.
Other major races won by GOP candidates were Curtis Hill’s win in the Attorney General race and Jennifer McCormick big win beating out incumbent Glenda Ritz in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction. State party chairman Jeff Cardwell said he never expected to have such a successful night.
“I really did not. I’m just very grateful and blessed that we have such a wonderful team,” Cardwell said. “It’s been a lot of hard work this is not about any one person.”
Holcomb is already getting to work assembling his 16 person transition team to take over for Pence. He spoke to both Trump and Pence Tuesday night after winning the governor’s race. He credits them for so many republican votes.
“I expressed to him last night that he drew people out to vote who I believed never had before and folks who had maybe voted for the team that wore the other jersey. He deserves a lot of credit,” Holcomb said.