Indiana voted for a Democrat this year for the first time since the LBJ landslide in 1964, by a hair-thin margin of 26,000 votes or so.
As much as I know you'd like to give me personal credit for Obama's win (I move to Indiana in August; the state turns blue by November), I have to confess that it wasn't all me. Some of the credit must go to my friend Matt Bone from Chicago, who actually moved to Indiana, voted, then moved back to Chicago. (Matt claims to have done all this under the pretense of starting the IU CS Ph.D. program, then changing his mind, but come on, man, we all know you did it for Obama.)
Anyway, it was an exciting election night for those of us who truly had no idea which way our state would swing. I was watching the results come in at the home of my friends Adam and Dan, who had covered the walls of their place with maps and infographics they'd made. In addition to those, Dan, who's an M.D./Ph.D. student, had an absolutely terrifying spreadsheet with which he was tracking all kinds of electoral data. Over the course of the night, every prediction that Dan made panned out. He called Indiana for Obama long before MSNBC did. At the end of the night, I said, "If the M.D./Ph.D. thing doesn't work out, you could be a political analyst!" He looked at me and said, "Well, actually, I used to be one." It turned out that Dan had worked for Baron Hill, our district's representative, in his winning 2006 campaign. (Hill won handily on Tuesday evening, by the way.)
In conclusion, this week I'm proud to be a Hoosier and proud to be an American. And actually, all four states that I could justifiably call "home" -- Indiana, Oregon, Illinois, and Iowa -- went for Obama in this election. I give my mom personal credit for Iowa. She's been working for this for a year and a half. I love you, Mom. Yay!