I’m a Bartholomew County native, although I don’t live there now. Having grown up there, I wouldn’t say its’ a liberal area by any stretch. Its’ always been pretty reliably Republican, which I know isn’t always synonymous with conservative, but still. A Democrat isn’t going to win that seat. Not a chance.
I’m another lifelong Bartholomew County native, still here in fact. Agreed, I don’t think the natives are liberals, but the transplants, they certainly are.