Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Ballard Holds On, D's Looking to Take Council
Get ready for a very interesting four years.
Greg Ballard proved that Republicans can still win elections in Marion County, but his margin was not overwhelming. Now, he will have to deal with what looks to be a Democratic majority on the City-County Council.
While the final vote tallies are not yet in, it appears that Ballard will maintain about a two to four percent margin over Melina Kennedy. It's another tough, close race for Kennedy, who lost by a similar margin in the Prosecutor's race to Carl Brizzi in 2006.
It looks like that the Democrats are going to be taking over the City-County Council. The Dems swept the four At-Large Council seats wiping out one Libertarian and two Republicans. Dems also, as I predicted, picked up a Council seat in District 20 as Frankie Mascari defeated Susie Day. Looks like Christine Scales will also be going down to defeat to Kostas Poulakidas. The Republicans will perhaps pick up a seat in District 19 on the near Southside with Jeff Miller beating Dane Mahern. Looks like about a 17-12 majority for the Democrats.
Democrats also will pick up the Mayor seats in Beech Grove with Dennis Buckley and in Lawrence with Dean Jessup.
More on what all this means tomorrow.
Christine Scales has pulled back in front of Kostas Poulakidas by 41 votes with all precincts reporting. Looks like a 16-13 majority for the Democrats.