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Glenda Ritz Defeated By Her Republican Challenger In A Big Election Night Upset

For the second time in four years, a political newcomer has unexpectedly triumphed over the incumbent in the race for Indiana state superintendent.

Republican Jennifer McCormick took an early lead over incumbent Democrat Glenda Ritz and maintained it throughout the night, ending at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when the race was called with a 7 percentage point victory over Ritz. McCormick said her leadership experience helped her pull off the win.

Ritz, who led most of the polls in a race that wasn’t surveyed often, was expected by her supporters, and even some critics, to carry the race again as she did in 2012 when she unseated Tony Bennett, a shocking result at the time.