Republican Party Counts Losses

Chocola was not the only Republican swept away by yesterday's Democratic tidal wave at the polls.

Chris Chocola was one of three Republican incumbent Congressmen from Indiana to lose yesterday, same goes for Hostettler and Sodrel.

The Democrats also picked up four seats in the State House of Representatives, to become the majority party there.

It was a rough day for Republicans from the top of the ticket to the bottom, whether they sought to help run the country, or the county.

“ If you had an "r" next to your name, it was going to be a bad day,” said Andy Kostielney who lost the St. Joseph county council seat, that had been in Republican hands for 19-years. “I'm just shocked at some of the raw numbers on the democratic side that were just totally foreign to any projection that had happened there in ten or fifteen years.”

“I think it's a lot of things, I think it's the war, some of the local issues, and what we're seeing across the country. There are cycles to things,” said Chris Chocola, who lost the State Representative re-election bid.

“At 8:30 tonight, one hundred percent of the precincts are in, I have won the race,” declared newly elected St. Joseph County Commissioner, Mark Dobson.

County Commissioner Mark Dobson was one of the survivors,

he won his race by 429-votes, but nearly lost his composure.“I've gotta be the most blessed guy in this room,” he said with tears in his eyes.

While the title of the most blessed gal might go to fellow survivor, State Representative Jackie Walorski. “A w is a w. I can tell you, Charlie Weiss said a win is a win, and we won,” she said. “My heart, is still beating about 150-miles an hour. I don't even know if I can sleep tonight. It was such a nail biter. I knew it would be. Everyone up here knew it would be.”

Despite some tense moments, Walorski ended up winning her race by about a thousand votes.

She did so after being outpolled in her home county of St. Joseph.

Last night, Walorski captured 53% of the vote, down from 64% in the 2004 election.

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