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Republicans sweep Fort Wayne-area Indiana House races

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:54 am

Republicans swept every contested Fort Wayne-area Indiana House race on the ballot Tuesday – including landslide wins in most of the outlying districts that border Allen County.

Incumbent Dan Leonard doubled his Democratic challenger’s vote total in House District 50, which includes Huntington County and most of Whitley County. Leonard defeated Mike Wallin 67 percent to 33 percent, winning 17,368 votes compared with 8,375 for Wallinn.

In District 52 – which includes most of DeKalb County and part of northern Allen County – Republican Ben Smaltz collected 71 percent of the total vote for an easy victory over Democrat Charles Odier.

State Rep. Matthew Lehman took 67 percent of all votes on his way to re-election in District 79, which includes some of southeast Allen County, part of Wells County and all of Adams County. Lehman won a total of 17,548 votes, while Democrat Mike Snyder got 8,617.

Republican David Ober won the open District 82 seat – which includes much of Noble County and part of northwest Allen County – with 68 percent of the vote to Democrat Mike Wilber’s 32 percent. Ober had 14,809 votes, while Wilber had 7,116.

First-term GOP state Rep. Kathy Heuer, cruised to re-election in District 83, beating Democratic challenger John Good by 44 percentage points. Heuer won 22,210 total votes in the district – which includes Aboite Township in Allen County and much of Whitley County – while Good collected 8,587.

Democratic state Rep. Phil GiaQuinta ran unopposed and was re-elected to represent District 80 – which includes central Allen County – for another two years.

GiaQuinta was the only Indiana House Democrat from the Fort Wayne area to be re-elected, as longtime state Rep. Win Moses lost the District 81 seat to Republican challenger Martin Carbaugh.