Republican Mayor Greg Ballard came into office in 2007 as a sign of GOP hope in Indiana's largest city, pulling a shocker by defeating a two-term incumbent mayor Bart Peterson (D) and bringing in a Republican-controlled city-county council with him. But this is still Indianapolis. His most likely opponent is Democrat Melina Kennedy, who was a deputy mayor under Peterson.Cillizza's number one race to watch is the Kentucky governor's race where Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is seeking re-election. The Chicago mayor's race comes in second. I think Rahm Emanuel has that race pretty much in the bag after surviving his residency challenge. His primary opponents will split the black and Hispanic votes, paving the way for an easy primary win. Both Chicago newspapers are doing their darnedest to discredit Emanuel's opponents. Cillizza is also watching state legislative races in several southern states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia. The Republican Party experienced a major resurgence in the South in the 2008 race, capturing control of many State Houses in the South. Following the election, scores of Democratic lawmakers switched their allegiance to the Republican Party further strengthening the party in this region.
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Fix Rates Indy Mayor's Race As One Of Country's Top 10 Races
The Fix's Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post is rating the Indianapolis mayor's race as one of the top 10 races of 2011 to watch. Cillizza rates the race 5th on his list of 10 races: