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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana voters decided last week that change ought to come slowly and extremism can take a hike.
Voters rejected the man who led a major overhaul of Indiana's education system and turned out a Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape was something "God intended." At the same time, they gave state House Republicans enough seats to push legislation without fear of a Democratic walkout.
Republican pollster Christine Matthews says voters take a few years to accept change. She notes that departing Gov. Mitch Daniels' poll numbers dropped early in his first term after he put the state on daylight saving time and leased the Indiana Toll Road. But two years later voters returned him to office by an almost 20-point margin.