Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This just in: Mitch Daniels '71 re-elected Indiana governor

Mitch Daniels ’71 (R) is the projected winner of the gubernatorial race in Indiana, according to CNN. Daniels is the incumbent and was elected to his first term as governor in 2004.

With 11 percent precincts reporting as of 7:25 p.m., Daniels has won 58 percent of the vote over Democrat Jill Long Thompson, who has gained 40 percent of the vote.

Daniels, who was a Wilson School major, captured similar percentages of the vote for both male and female voters, according to exit poll results from CNN.com. He also won with a consistent lead across age groups, though among voters age 65 or older, he gained 66 percent of the vote to Long Thompson’s 32 percent.

Among African-American voters, Daniels won only 21 percent to Long Thompson’s 74 percent. He also captured 56 percent of the independent vote.

Prior to getting elected to the Indiana governorship, Daniels served in the administrations of former President Ronald Reagan and President Bush.

- Senior writer Cornelia Hall '10