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Baron’s back

Voters in the Indiana Ninth Congressional district decided to bring Baron Hill, D-Seymour, back to office yesterday.
Republican Mike Sodrel was removed from office by voters after serving just one term.
Sodrel conceded at 10:25 last night when totals showed he was down 4,166 votes with 87 percent of the precincts reporting.
Sodrel won in Harrison County with 48.5 percent of the vote, or 6,566 votes. Hill came close with 47.25 percent of the vote, or 6,398 votes.
By comparison, Sodrel captured Harrison County by 968 votes two years ago when Republicans owned a 923-vote edge in straight tickets cast.
Hill previously served three terms in the Ninth district before he was beaten by Sodrel in 2004 by less than 1,500 votes.
Young wins Harrison; confident he’ll win District 47
Harrison, Crawford and Spencer County voters overwhelming decided last night they wanted to send Richard Young, D-Milltown, back to the Indiana State Senate.
At 1 this morning, 19 precincts from the seven-county District 47 still had not been reported. At that time, Young had 64 percent of the vote in the district; Brian Thomas had 36 percent of the vote. Young carried 33 of 35 Harrison County precincts.
Young won 58.98 percent of the votes in Harrison County, or 7,843 votes. Thomas, R-Corydon, finished with 5,455 votes, or 41.02 percent.
Young said he was confident he would win District 47. ‘I think I’ll come out ahead,’ he said. ‘I have no reason but to feel optimistic.’
As of last night, Young had won Spencer County with 61.84 percent of the vote, or 4,691 votes. Thomas had 2,895 votes, or 38.16 percent.
Young also won Crawford County with 2,816 votes, or 72.28 percent. His opponent had 27.72 percent, or 1,080 votes.
‘I’ll continue to work hard and do the best I can,’ Young said.
Robertson captures district with 56 percent
A teacher and his former student ran a positive race for the state representative District 70 seat.
In Harrison County, Democrat Paul J. Robertson finished with 58 percent of the vote, or 7,597 votes. His Republican opponent, Christopher Byrd, had 42 percent of the vote, or 5,587 votes.
Throughout the district, Robertson received 13,356 votes (56 percent), while Byrd received 10,593 votes (44 percent).
The two friends ran a close race, which Robertson thinks is difficult when you have a good opponent.
‘It’s easy to run a clean race when you have an easy opponent, but it’s difficult to when you have a good one,’ said Robertson. ‘I wish more races could have been as clean as ours. Chris was a good student. He’s a good businessman, and he’s well respected in the community. If he stays in politics, I wish him the best.
‘I just hope he runs against someone other than me,’ he added, jokingly.
Robertson has been in office since 1978. He said the first thing he wants to see accomplished this term is to get full-day kindergarten throughout the state.