Trying to deterimine baseline numbers for the county was difficult this election as, is unusual, the results in the low profile countywide races varied wildly, which is very unusual. I decided to use the County Auditor race to form the baseline. Using those election results, the Republican baseline continued to fall in the county, although by only .32% compared to 2010.
Looking at township races though, it looks even worse for Republicans. Lawrence Township, once a bastion of Republican votes, appears to have flipped completely with the Democrats winning every township race by a comfortable margin. The GOP vote in that township dropped 4.36% from 2010. The Republican vote in Warren and Washington Township dropped by 3.35% and 2.8% respectively from four years earlier.
Although Republican Andy Harris won an impressive, albeit narrow in win in his re-election bid as Wayne Township Trustee, Wayne lost its judge and constable races by 3.5% or more. The Wayne Township GOP baseline appeared to drop from 50.06% in 2010 to 48.16% in 2014.
Even Perry Township faced declining Republican vote with its baseline slipping from 68.57% in 2010 to 65.41% four years later.
Republican bright spots? Well Center Township stayed about the same, increasingly slightly from 24.64% in 2010 to 25.06%. Meanwhile, Decatur was up from 63.14% in 2010 to 68.61% in 2014. The surprise of the night though was Pike which saw its Republican baseline increase from 34.8% in 2010 to 37.07% in 2014. In 2010, there was 6.8% separating Pike, the second most Democratic township, with Washington Township, the third most. After the 2014 election, that margin had been cut to 1.73%. I've been saying that Democratic gains in Pike, my home township, were nearing an end. I think after 20 years of consistent Democratic gains, it may have finally happened.
By the way, for the township baseline races I used the judge races in those townships and where there wasn't a D-R judge race, I looked at the Trustee's race. I couldn't analyze Franklin as the Democrats did not field a candidate in that township.
Once the figures are available, I may try to redo the township baseline numbers looking at countywide races within the townships.