The danger for Republicans is that cross tabulations among women, younger voters and independents find much opposition to the constitutional marriage amendment. And these are the groups that decide elections. The constitutional amendment forces are vowing to push the issue in 2015 and 2016, potentially placing this volatile issue on the ballot when Gov. Pence seeks reelection in the latter year.
Now, add in the historic and stunning upset of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last Tuesday, with many blaming his waffling on immigration legislation, and you can see a storm brewing.
The stubborn fact is, the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. and Indiana are Latino voters.
The bottom line: Hoosier Republicans have secured their base. They have a case for gender equality. And they have distinct challenges for the voters who actually decide elections.
Brian Howey, a Peru native, is the publisher of The Howey Political Report. He can be reached at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter @hwypol.