Vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle’s home state gave its 12 electoral votes to his running mate, George Bush by a solid 61%-39% margin.
Evan Bayh, 32, heir to a liberal Democratic family but himself a moderate, will become Indiana’s first Democratic governor in 20 years after winning 52% of the vote. He will be the youngest governor in the nation.
His victory is a measure of family revenge against Quayle, who gained his Senate seat in 1980 by defeating Birch Bayh, Evan Bayh’s father.
Bayh will succeed Republican Gov. Robert D. Orr. Quayle is likely to resign his seat before being sworn in as vice president, so that Orr can pick a successor before leaving office. There has been some speculation that Quayle’s wife, Marilyn, might be appointed, but others have suggested that the seat might be given to Bayh’s opponent, Lt. Gov. John M. Mutz.
Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar won his third term by a 68%-32% margin.
The state’s congressional delegation remained the same, with 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans.
Hoosiers also repealed the state’s 137-year-old constitutional ban on lotteries, which will permit a state-run lottery as well as pari-mutuel betting on horse races.