Jackie Walorski Likely To Win Indiana House Seat

Who Runs Gov reports on Jackie Walorski: One of 2008 veep candidate Sarah Palin‘s “mama grizzlies,” Walorksi is a former TV reporter and ex-Indiana House leader who challenged Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) in Indiana’s 2nd district in the 2010 midterms.

Called “wacky Jackie” by her foes, she is an active church member and missionary who was known for her strong anti-abortion stands while in the Indiana House. Sarah Rodts, “Congressional Debate hits on hot button issue: abortion”, WNDU.com, October 26, 2010 (1)Sarah Rodts, “Congressional Debate hits on hot button issue: abortion”, WNDU.com, October 26, 2010 However, in her 2010 House campaign, Walorski focused on the economy in order to sway voters and tap into the anti-incumbent mood in a disappointed and frustrated electorate, especially in economically-struggling northern Indiana. Krisin Bien, “Voters watch 2nd district debate”, WSBT.com, October 27, 2010.(2)Krisin Bien, “Voters watch 2nd district debate”, WSBT.com, October 27, 2010.

In 2010, both national parties spent money on the race and Walorski attracted high-profile support from Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Ellie Hall, “Donnelly ahead in competitive IN-2 race”, The Huffington Post, October 6, 2010(3)Ellie Hall, “Donnelly ahead in competitive IN-2 race”, The Huffington Post, October 6, 2010 The district is considered a key battleground, with a history of close races between the two parties. The Washington Post, Campaign 2010, Congressional Races(4)The Washington Post, Campaign 2010, Congressional Races The 2010 and 2008 general election campaigns also saw  Libertarian candidate Mark Vogel in the mix. Kristin Bien, “Voters watch 2nd district debate”, WSBT.com, October 27, 2010.(5)Kristin Bien, “Voters watch 2nd district debate”, WSBT.com, October 27, 2010.

In Her Own Words: “This is America. We have got to allow things to be driven by the market. We have got to allow the chips to fall where they may. We absolutely cannot be in the bailout business.” WSBT-AM960, Interview with Jackie Walorski, October 22, 2010.(6)

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