Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics on Thursday announced it had moved the open race between Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz from “leans Republican” to “toss-up.”
Governor’s race not top of mind in Black community
Democrat Woody Myers is the state’s first Black gubernatorial nominee from either major political party, but Black community leaders say his campaign is getting lost in the barrage of news about COVID-19 and protests over police brutality and racial inequity.Read More
Former GOP congressman Rokita enters AG race, seeks to oust Hill
Todd Rokita, 50, said he didn’t want to challenge an incumbent from his own party, but an Indiana Supreme Court decision suspending Hill’s license makes it clear he shouldn’t hold the office.Read More
Crisis puts Holcomb center stage—and that comes with risks, rewards
According to a recent poll conducted by Indy Politics and Change Research, 63% of Hoosiers say they approve of how Holcomb has responded to the pandemic, and 54% say the state is headed in the right direction. But Holcomb’s overall approval rate—at 47%—trailed the numbers for his handling of the coronavirus crisis.Read More
City-County Council allocates $1.1 million to absentee-voting initiative
Mailing absentee ballot applications to Marion County’s nearly 650,000 registered voters is expected to cost $550,000 for the primary. The council also allocated $550,000 for the fall, in case social distancing is still being encouraged at that time.Read More
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has argued that she shouldn’t have to turn over records about machine security because they could jeopardize cyberterrorism security. A judge wants to see for herself.
During Thursday night’s state GOP convention, which was shifted to a virtual format due to the pandemic, Attorney General Curtis Hill compared himself to President Donald Trump, saying Trump also has faced false accusations and smears.
Jonathan Weinzapfel’s Republican opponent is still undecided. Embattled incumbent Curtis Hill and three challengers are running for the GOP nomination.
Longtime state Sen. Karen Tallian and former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel are vying for the nomination, a selection made by state delegates rather than primary election voters.
The chaos that plagued Georgia’s primary this week is raising concerns about a potential broader failure of the nation’s patchwork election system that could undermine the November presidential contest, political leaders and elections experts say.
During a televised speech Thursday evening as part of the Indiana Democratic Party’s virtual convention, Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers talked about his experiences with racism as a child in Indianapolis.
The top candidates competing for Hamilton County’s three at-large seats retained the positions they held Tuesday evening when counting stopped for the night.
Primary election: Dem party chairman loses primary; GOP incumbent on verge of loss; attorney wins GOP primary for Bosma’s seat
Check back throughout the night for primary election updates.
To address concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Indiana Election Commission in March expanded the option of voting by mail to any registered voter. But the change only applied to the June 2 primary election.
Meanwhile, the final results of Beech Grove City Schools’ referendums were still being counted Tuesday night, but voters looked to be on the way to approving the $22.4 million funding request.
For the first few hours, voters at some sites did not experience the long waits or frustration that many voting-rights advocates feared, but turnout increased later in the day.
Voters are being asked to navigate curfews, health concerns and a sharp increase in mail balloting on Tuesday as elections take place from Maryland to Montana.
Many counties have drastically slashed their numbers of polling sites that will be open Tuesday, prompting worries about possible voter confusion and long lines for voters.
The final votes will soon be cast for Indiana’s primary election after it was upended by the coronavirus outbreak amid aggressive campaigns for two congressional seats where incumbents are retiring.
Some Republicans fear that failing to elect more women will hurt the party as female voters increasingly support Democrats. That shift, particularly in suburban areas, helped Democrats pick up enough seats to win control of the House in 2018.
Marion County’s clerk had implored the Indiana Election Commission to extend the deadline, saying thousands of voters who planned to vote by mail in Tuesday’s election might not be able to do so.
Al Hubbard, who served in the White House under the George H.W. Bush and the George W. Bush administrations, is backing a campaign to defeat referendums that seek to raise $285 million for construction projects and $16 million for operating expenses.
Believe in Indiana, a political action committee connected to the Indiana State Building & Construction Trades Council, has spent more than $51,000 to run TV commercials that criticize JR Gaylor, CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana and Kentucky, who is running against Scott Baldwin in the Senate District 20 primary.
Marion County Clerk Myra Eldridge told state officials “it is not too late” to extend the deadline for receipt of mailed ballots. She implored the Indiana Election Commission to act.