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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-06-10 12:38 PM
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DLCC names three Hoosier contests to targeted list (state house)
From the blog Blue Indiana:

As mentioned here last week the DLCC has been expanding their "Essential Races" targeted list, which now includes three Hoosier Democrats. Here's the skinny:

Indiana House District 46-- Bionca Gambill
Status: Democratic Open Seat

Why this Race Matters: HD-56 is a traditionally-conservative district left open by a well-liked Democratic Representative. This district closely resembles those held by several vulnerable Democratic Representatives, so holding this open seat would be a very good sign for other vulnerable districts. The Democratic majority in the Indiana House is currently the only thing preventing the defeat of three Democratic members of congress through gerrymandering.

Indiana House District 51 -- Codie Ross
Status: Republican Incumbent

Why this Race Matters: The GOP incumbent in this northeast Indiana district has a history of under-performing on Election Day, and his Democratic challenger this cycle is probably the strongest candidate he's ever faced. Picking up this seat would increase House Democrats' narrow margin for error in the chamber.

Indiana House District 72 -- Shane Gibson
Status: Republican Incumbent

Why this Race Matters: Republican Ed Clere won this traditionally Democratic seat by 108 votes in the most shocking Indiana House upset of 2008. Winning it back will provide valuable breathing room for the Democrats' narrow, four-seat majority ahead of redistricting.

http://www.blueindiana.net/diary/4898/essential-races-d...
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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-06-10 02:09 PM
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1. I think we can pickup Indiana State House District 92
Republican incumbent Phil Hinkle is an empty suit and the challenger, Brett Voorhies has a strong following and a good chance at an upset.

http://brettvoorhies.com/bv/
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democraticinsurgent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-06-10 09:48 PM
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2. We are going to need it
Trends here are brutal. We'll be lucky to salvage 50/50 in the House, don't you think?
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