Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Still Early, but May Primary May Be Interesting in Indiana

By the time the excitement of the Primary Election reaches Indiana, the excitement part has been drained out.  It's very rare that the Hoosier State has anything to say about the national scene.  2016 is looking a bit like 2008 right now, and if these early indications ring true, the May Primary in 2016 may be another one to watch again in Indiana.

First of all, who knows how all this mess will shake out at the national level for the Republicans? Hopefully, by the time things reach the Hoosier State, that the top two or three candidates will have separated themselves from the gaggle.  Donald Trump seems to be getting a fair amount of support, but will others supporting other candidates support him or will they throw their support to someone other than him.

Besides the battle for the GOP Presidential nomination, you could also have a couple of hotly-contested races in Congress.  Both Indiana's Third and Ninth Congressional Districts might be looking for a Republican nominee.  That's because both Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young are running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Dan Coats.  Add in Eric Holcomb, and the U.S. Senate seat could also be an interesting primary race in 2016.

On the Democratic side, Glenda Ritz's campaign has been rocked in the last few days by campaign finance allegations against it.  She and state Senator Karen Tallian are contesting the Democratic nomination for Governor with John Gregg.

Sure, it's a long way out, but the 2016 Indiana Primary in May might be in play again like it was eight years ago.  As you may remember, Hillary Clinton eeked out a victory in Indiana over Barack Obama, but she underperformed.  The Obama crew kept their team on the ground, and it paid off in November because the President carried Indiana.

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