Family Divided on Election


The election is coming up fast. November 8 will be here before we turn around and sit down.

Over this past week I surveyed my family about whom they would vote for President. I also asked them to share whom they would vote for Governor and US Senator, since the majority live in the Cornfield.

Overwhelmingly, Republican Donald Trump came out ahead on the presidential race. When it comes to the other two offices open for Indiana voters, it was a down the middle split.

Here is how it played out:

Presidential Race

Democrat Hillary Clinton 25%
Republican Donald Trump 62.5%
Libertarian Gary Johnson 12.5%
Green Party Dr. Jill Stein 0%
Independent Evan McMullin 0%

Governor’s Race

Democrat John Gregg 33%
Republican Eric Holcomb 67%

US Senate

Democrat Evan Bayh 33%
Republican Todd Young 67%

So is one family’s divisions indicative of the public as a whole?

We will know in a few more weeks.

From the Cornfield, I actually believe that the way my family is split does mirror the country at large.

Let’s see if I am right or wrong.

Don’t forget to vote.

Tune in to the next debate on October 9.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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