Editorial: Why did Ritz collect more votes than Pence? It depends upon whom you ask

What does it mean that Indiana voters gave Republicans a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature, but handed the top education post over to a Democrat who railed against what GOP lawmakers have done to Indiana schools?

The answer, of course, depends on whom you ask.

The Republican who voters elected to take the place of education reformer Gov. Mitch Daniels told reporters last week that the election of political newcomer Glenda Ritz as superintendent of public instruction means a whole lot of nothing.

“I believe in our candidacy, in the election of a super majority in the (state) House of Representatives, we have a strong affirmation of the progress on education reform,” Gov.-elect Mike Pence said.

No matter that Pence earned just 50 percent of the vote and that Ritz actually won more votes than he did.

A few hours later that day, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma — in the flush of a GOP victory that negates the need for a single Democrat lawmaker to show up next session — echoed the sentiment:

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