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Analyst: Local Democrats Need To Appeal To A Younger Crowd

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It’s fair to say that election night didn’t go exactly how the Indiana Democratic Party planned.

The effect of Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s easy victory at the top of the ticket appeared to take a toll on down-ballot, statewide races. The positions of Governor, U.S. Senate, Attorney General and Superintendent all went Republican.

In his concession speech for the governor’s race, Democrat John Gregg pledged his party would “live to fight again.” To do it, Indiana legislative analyst Ed Feigenbaum says Democrats will need to think a little younger.

“You have to appeal to a younger crowd now, in Indiana, and I think Democrats are going to understand this going forward, but whether they can find anything other than re-tread candidates right now is going to be very difficult for them because they do not have a bench,” Feigenbaum says.

He says it’s not necessarily bad for a candidate be familiar — but he says it’s not ideal that most of the party’s current and presumptive nominees are pushing 60.

State Democrats have declined further comment about their losses on Tuesday, but said in a statement they were ready to look ahead to the 2018 midterms.

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