The Indianapolis Star should be more careful with its headlines. Indiana did not turn blue on Tuesday. It voted blue, barely: The story gets it better when it says that Barack Obama “eked out a arrow win”:
At least 2.7 million Hoosiers cast ballots, according to a conservative, preliminary calculation by The Associated Press, topping Indiana’s previous record of 2.5 million voters set in 2004.
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With 99 percent of precincts statewide tallied, Obama led Republican John McCain by 26,163 votes.
Out of 2.7 million votes, Obama won by 26,163. Not exactly overwhelming. And in this Democratic-wave year, Hoosiers returned Republican Mitch Daniels to the governor’s office by a very comfortable margin. The fact that we swap Republicans and Democrats in that office and our habit of going back and forth on who gets the House leadership are better indications of the state’s political diversity. All the Obama win showed, if anything, was how essentially red this state remains at its political core.