Shadday to meet Goodin in state House District 66
Wednesday, May 07, 2014 11:00 AM
Lisa Shadday won the Republican nomination to face incumbent Democrat Terry Goodin in the State House District 66 race in November.
Goodin was unopposed in the primary election.
Shadday received 62 percent of the district-wide vote. Ronald Harsin was second with 30 percent, and Joe Van Wye received 7 percent.
Shadday also won the Jefferson County vote with 64 percent to Harsin's 29 percent, and Van Wye's 6.8 percent.
Statewide, most Indiana lawmakers survived their primary contests, and Republicans turn their focus to November as they try to maintain majorities in the General Assembly that are so large even a Democratic walkout can't stop them from passing legislation.
Republicans, who control the House 69-31, hope to retain the supermajority they gained in 2012 that allows them to conduct business without any Democrats present. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, hope to build on a 37-13 supermajority. In the House, the Democrats would have to win at least three seats to break the supermajority and in the Senate they would have to win at least four seats.
House Democrats effectively filibustered debate on a divisive right-to-work measure by walking out in 2011 and 2012, denying Republicans the numbers of lawmakers needed to conduct business. But achieving a supermajority took away that threat from Democrats.
But in the GOP battle to keep the supermajorities, Democrats may have a slight edge heading into November, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Because so few Democratic candidates faced primary challenges Tuesday, they are able to focus their time and money squarely on November's general election, he said.
"I'd be willing to bet the Democrats are feeling somewhat optimistic because they actually have people who even today can be thinking about what they're doing for November," he said.