Democrats are losing ground to Republicans and independents in recent mayoral election cycles in Indiana. Overall, Democrats have decreased their share of mayoralties from 57 percent in 2003 and 2007 to roughly 45 percent in 2011 and 2015, according this analysis of 474 general elections and 706 primary elections in more than 120 Indiana cities.
In addition to the partisan shift, the report also found that more than 20 percent of all mayoral elections in Indiana go uncontested. This issue is especially acute in the state’s smallest cities.
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