|New Marion County State Senate Districts (click to enlarge)|
The problem was that drawing 37 safe seats for Republicans was impossible. You simply can't pack enough Democratic-leaning voters into the 13 Democratic seats to spread the margins sufficiently to protect Republican incumbents in the other 37 districts. The Democratic-leaning voters had to go someplace and that place was into Republican districts. The result is that margins in districts were cut significantly, making once safe Republican seats competitive.
Senate District 30 (most of Washington Township, parts of Carmel and Fishers in Hamilton County)
Incumbent Scott Schneider is facing off against Tim Delaney, son of State Representative Ed Delaney
Senate District 32 (includes the southern part of Warren Township, all of Franklin Township and portions of eastern Center and Perry Townships)
This district is now entirely contained in Marion County. Incumbent and long-time legislator Republican Pat Miller faces former Democratic state representative John Barnes whose former house district includes much of the new Senate District 32.
Senate District 35 (includes Speedway, southern Wayne Township, southern 1/3 of Hendricks County including Plainfield and Clayton)
This district features a battle between incumbent and long-time legislator Republican Mike Young and Democratic attorney Mark Waterfill. While the Marion County area of the district is Democratic, the Hendricks County area tips the district to the Republicans. However, Waterfill has lived in the Hendricks County portion of the district for years and may be able to blunt Young's appeal to Republicans.
Senate District 36 (includes a good chunk of Center Township, Perry Township and a sliver of Johnson County where incumbent State Senator Brent Waltz resides.)
Republican Waltz is facing a challenge by former Democratic former state representative Mary Sullivan whose house district included much of Senate District 36.Democrats have shots at all four of those seats.
Then in 2014, State Senate District 29 will be up.
Senate District 29 (includes part of the western half of Wayne Township and most of Pike Township. The district goes north picking up portions of Boone County (Zionsville) and Hamilton County (Carmel.)
This district is held by Republican State Senator Mike Delph. While Delph had a difficult re-election in the old district in 2010, it appears that some efforts have been made to try to shore up the district a bit.The only Marion County State Senate district that appears to be safe for Republicans during the next decade is Senate District 31 which includes most of Lawrence and Fishers and is currently held by Republican Jim Merritt.