Donnelly wins seat over Walorski

first_imgU.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, retained his seat in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday, narrowly defeating Republican Jackie Walorski in one of the country’s key congressional races. Donnelly won 48.2 percent of the vote, while Walorski had 46.8 percent. In a statement released to the South Bend Tribune, Donnelly thanked Northern Indiana voters for their support and reiterated his focus on improving the job market in his district. “What’s at the forefront of all of our minds is the economy, and I won’t stop until every Hoosier who wants a job, has a job,” he said. Adjunct professor of American Studies and South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell said with Indiana polls being among the first to close nationally, the early results of this particular race would set the tone for the 2010 Midterm elections. He noted an article in Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times, which listed the race as one to watch. “Everyone knows there will be a big Republican tide,” he said. “It’s a bellwether race that everyone will be watching.” Eileen Flanagan, president of Notre Dame College Democrats, said she is extremely pleased with what the victory represents, not only for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, but also for the nation as a whole. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” she said. “It’s really taken over the national narrative because he is a moderate Democrat running against a very conservative opponent.” Flanagan said the club was especially pleased with the results because of all the hard work they put in to aiding the reelection of Donnelly. “It validates us as a club because we knocked on hundreds of doors and made thousands of calls,” she said. President of Notre Dame College Republicans Josh Varanelli said Walorski’s loss was not a shock for the club. Colwell said Republicans had targeted this race as one to make a statement, as indicated by the amount of money spent by independent groups on negative advertisements directed at Donnelly. “They [had] picked this race as a target,” he said. “He raised more than Walorski, but she had more money from independent groups.” Varanelli said despite the local congressional loss, on a national scale his club is extremely excited with the Republican results, which indicate that the party will gain a majority in the House of Representatives. “It was a relief to take the House,” he said. “As of now our expectations have been fulfilled. We’re just waiting to see what else falls in our lap.” Flanagan said the disappointment of losing the House is coupled with the political challenges this change will present. “We’re obviously disappointed we lost the House but we did what we could,” she said. “I think the Democrats will have to re-evaluate their priorities because in order to get legislation passed, they must compromise.” Varanelli said while legislative change may not be swift, what is important is the statement Americans have made with their voting choices this election. “It’s not like we’re going to see instantaneous change,” he said. “I think Americans have spoken, and Democrats will not take voters for granted as they have. This proves the lack of substance behind some of the promises of 2008.” Flanagan said now that Election Day is over, her group can appreciate all the hard work they put into the campaign. She said such efforts have defied the notion that young Americans are unconcerned with the election process. “People really stigmatize young people as being apathetic, but our club defied these stereotypes,” Flanagan said. “We really care about the community and the Democratic party.” Once the lame-duck period ends and the newly-elected officials take office in January, Colwell said Republicans and Democrats would be even more confrontational than they were during the 2010 campaign season. He said this is due to the fact that a Republican House will be squaring off n President Barack Obama. “The initial thing will be that it will be more divisive, more partisan than it has been,” Colwell said. “The switch of the House to Republican will be a stalemate.”center_img “We’re not terribly surprised. Joe Donnelly has been an incumbent for a while,” he said “We didn’t expect her to pull this off, but she definitely came quite close, closer than we expected.”last_img read more

Syracuse strands 9 runners in 4-run loss to Tar Heels in second game of doubleheader

first_imgAfter North Carolina scored two runs to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning, Syracuse saw a chance to cut into that lead with two outs in the bottom half.Third baseman Danielle Chitkowski roped a two-out double down the left field line that barely snuck to the right of the foul line. After UNC head coach Donna Papa left the dugout to scream at home plate umpire Michael Mazur, center fielder Mary Dombrowski stepped to the plate.With a 2-2 count, Dombrowski took a pitch on the top outside corner, which Mazur called for strike three. She straightened up, leaned back,and twisted her head back toward the umpire, mouth open in disbelief at the call.“We had opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize on it when we had the chance,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said.SU had eight hits, one walk and one batter reach due to error but could muster only the two runs. The Orange (14-9, 1-7 Atlantic Coast) stranded nine base runners in a 6-2 loss to North Carolina (26-10, 10-3) in the second game of a double header at SU Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s not really any saying what the reason for (missing opportunities) is,” shortstop Corinne Ozanne said. “It’s kind of one of those things where you don’t get the big hit at the right time and that’s that.”In the fifth inning, designated player Alyssa Dewes walked with one out before right fielder Maddi Doane lined a single to right.With the infield in to protect against a bunt, second baseman Sammy Fernandez hit a slow chopper back to the pitcher. UNC’s Sydney Matzko fielded the ball but couldn’t figure out where to throw it, resulting in a base hit.“We had to take a strike,” Ozanne, who came to bat next, said. “That mentality is basically getting your timing for all the pitches until she throws you a strike and it’s all a matter of kind of putting the bat on the ball.”Ozanne didn’t follow directions, though, and swung at the first pitch. Bat hit ball, but the hard grounder went straight to shortstop Kristen Brown. Brown fired the ball home, beating the speedy Dewes to the plate for the second out.First baseman Sydney O’Hara came up next with the bases still loaded. She worked the count to 2-2 and then hit a sinking line drive to left field. UNC left fielder Tracy Chandless charged in to make the running catch, preserving the 1-1 tie.“It wasn’t meant to be that inning,” starting pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti said. “I knew that when it was meant to be, this team would explode on it, so I just thought that something bigger was going to happen.”But that something never came.In the next inning, Dombrowski was the third out on the controversial strike call. And by the time the Orange got up to bat in the seventh, it was facing a 6-1 deficit.“The three-four-five-six (hitters), that’s the meat of the lineup there and it’s a tough spot but it’s their job,” Ross said regarding her fourth, fifth and sixth batters combining to go 0-for-10 in the game. “Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t.”SU rallied in the final stanza, loading the bases with one out for O’Hara.Dewes scored on wild pitch before O’Hara fouled off three straight two-strike pitches. On the next pitch, she struck out swinging. Catcher Julie Wambold represented Syracuse’s last hope, but she popped out to shallow right.“There’s always missed opportunities, mishit balls, but you’re not always going to hit the balls great every time you hit it,” Ozanne said. “It all comes down to getting the right hit where they’re not and scoring runs.” Comments Published on April 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more