The Indiana Republican Party is celebrating mayoral success from Tuesday night's municipal elections around the state.
Republicans now hold a majority of mayoral offices, with 61 Republicans to 54 Democrats. Two offices are also held by Independents, and two races remain to be called but are being led by Republicans.
GOP Spokesman Pete Seat also noted that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard received more votes Tuesday night than he did in 2007 when he surprised Democrat incumbent Mayor Bart Peterson. This is especially significant given the changing demographics of the county.
- Jasper has a Republican mayor for only the second time in the city's history.
- Columbus has a Republican mayor for the first time in 16 years.
- Both candidates for whom former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh campaigned in the final hours -- Fred Nation in Terre Haute and Melina Kennedy in Indianapolis -- lost to sitting Republican mayors.