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Rhoads denies Robertson 17th term in House

November 10, 2010
Democratic incumbent Paul Robertson, who was seeking his 17th straight term as the District 70 state representative, said he expected either a tidal wave or a tsunami when it came to a Republican challenge. It turns out he got the latter.

Rhonda Rhoads, who lost a commissioner's race in Harrison County in a recount vote against Carl (Buck) Mathes in 2008, was defeated by just 164 votes in her home county, but won the overall race by 6 percentage points.

Rhoads' victory helped the GOP gain control of the House. Overall, Republicans moved from a 48-52 minority to a 59-41 majority.

Robertson conceded the race to Rhoads at the Harrison County Court House shortly after 8 p.m.

In the District 73 race, Republican Steve Davisson of Salem, with 59 percent of the vote, defeated Democrat Ryan D. Bower, also of Salem.

Democrat Dennie Oxley I, of Taswell, who currently holds the seat, did not seek re-election due to health problems.

The District 73 seat encompasses all of Crawford County and parts of Harrison, Washington, Clark, Dubois, Jackson, Perry and Scott counties.

District 72 incumbent Republican Edward Clere of New Albany tallied 58 percent of the vote to win a second term in the statehouse. He defeated Democrat Shane Gibson, also of New Albany.

Clere was first elected in 2008, when he defeated Democrat Bill Cochran, who held the seat from 1974 to 2008.

District 72 is made up of portions of Floyd and Clark counties.

In the state senate, Republicans expanded their 33-17 majority by four seats.

One of the pick-ups was in Floyd and Clark counties, where Ron Grooms, a Republican, collected 53 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Charles (Chuck) Freiberger, for the District 46 seat currently held by Democrat Connie Sipes, who didn't seek re-election after serving since 1997.

Incumbent Democrat Richard D. Young Jr., however, retained his District 47 seat, receiving 51 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Republican Ted Metzger.

District 47 encompasses part of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Perry, Spencer, Warrick and Washington counties.

Republican Todd Young handily defeated five-term incumbent Democrat Baron Hill for Indiana's Ninth District Congressional seat with 52 percent of the vote to Hill's 42 percent.

The race was significant to the Republican effort to take back control of the chamber.

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