Encouraging:1 in 4 Indiana House Democrats calling it quits
More than quarter of the Indiana House Democrats who unsuccessfully fought passage of the state's new right-to-work law won't try for re-election this year, further boosting the chances of Republicans strengthening their hold on the chamber.
Democrats controlled the House for 16 of the previous 20 years before Republicans gained a 60-40 majority in the 2010 election and put many Democrats in tougher districts.
John Ketzenberger, president of the nonpartisan Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, said he was surprised by the scope of the Democratic exodus and that it could be many years before Democrats have a chance to regain control of the House.
"I don't think you'd see nearly the amount of turnover if the margin were close," Ketzenberger said. "A lot of them aren't used to life in the minority so there is some of that, too".
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