Will There Be Political Consequences For State Lawmakers In November?

By Maureen Mespell

January 19, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Will conduct at the Statehouse this session have political consequences for republican and democratic lawmakers when voters go to the polls this coming fall?

House Democrats have to worry whether their no show status on Right to Work will get old with constituents, while republicans pushing the measure have to be concerned about alienating factions sympathetic to organized labor.

Political analyst Andy Downs from Mike Downs for Indiana Politics, believes most house members feel free to push the envelope.

Downs says, "If there are 20 competitive races out of 100, that's a pretty good year, maybe 25. We don't know what the new maps will do to that, it might increase it or decrease it a little bit, but if you're in a safe district already, you can keep pushing a little bit further."

Downs says polling also shows many Hoosier voters don't fully understand the Right to Work concept, making it more difficult to predict how voters will react in November.

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