2018 Indiana Midterm Elections

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NORTHWEST INDIANA - The winner of the Republican Party in the May primary for the Lake County Council Christian Jorgensen talked with Lakeshore Public Radio's Sharon Jackson after Friday's recount. Jorgensen is currently President of the St John Town Council and he is an attorney by trade.  Jorgensen ran against incumbent Eldon Strong for the 7th district seat.  When asked about his opponent's concession of the race he said that was a positive.
 

The battle lines are being drawn five months ahead of the midterms, with more Americans than at any point in at least the last two decades saying they're enthusiastic about voting — and record numbers of voters say President Trump and which party controls Congress are big factors in their vote, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, right, don't agree on who's to blame for the Trump administration's family separation policy. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and the Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates in Indiana’s Senate race say the U.S. should not separate parents from their children at the border. But those candidates don’t agree on who’s to blame for that policy.

When Congress approved giving $380 million to states to bolster the security of their elections, state officials were caught off guard but extremely grateful. Elections are notoriously underfunded and haven't seen a windfall like this from the federal government in more than a decade.

But getting that money out to all the states, and then into the hands of localities that run the elections, with enough time to have a meaningful effect on the 2018 midterm elections is a difficult proposition.

Indiana Democrats Officially Nominate Statewide Ticket

Jun 16, 2018
Indiana Democrats running statewide in 2018: from left, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, State Auditor candidate Joselyn Whitticker, and State Treasurer candidate John Aguilera. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Democratic candidates for statewide office share a common theme: it’s time for an end to one-party rule in Hoosier state government.

Democratic delegates met in Indianapolis Saturday for their biannual party convention.

Each member of the Democratic statewide ticket emphasized the need to eliminate Republican control at the Statehouse. Or, as Treasurer candidate John Aguilera put it:

Sessions' Visit Draws Protests

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Fort Wayne Thursday afternoon to discuss the Trump administration’s immigration policies. During his remarks, Sessions strongly defended policies that separate undocumented children from their parents.

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)
Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention. (Indiana Democratic Party)

Indiana Democratic Party delegates will officially choose their candidates to run for statewide office at this weekend’s convention.

Two of those candidates signed on to run less than two weeks before the party’s big meeting

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A fifth of all Hoosier registered voters cast a ballot in last month’s primary election. 

Turnout normalized this year after historically poor turnout in the last midterm primary.

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper, left, is running against incumbent Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson, right. (Harper For Indiana/Indiana Secretary of State)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson supports the voter purge method recently halted by a federal judge.

(From left) Secretary of State Connie Lawson, State Auditor Tera Klutz, and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell meet with GOP delegates ahead of the state party convention. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana Republicans just went through a Senate primary dubbed one of the "nastiest in the nation." And now there’s a fight over whether the party platform should define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Democrats File For Auditor, Treasurer Races

Jun 7, 2018

Indiana Democrats hope to secure victories in state treasurer and auditor races for the first time in decades. And two candidates stepped up to run just a little more than week before the party convention, where they’ll be officially nominated.

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform. (Indiana GOP)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer says delegates at this weekend’s convention will vote to choose between two versions of the state party’s platform, its value statements.

The move comes as Hupfer tries to resolve a fight over whether to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.

They advanced candidates in key races in California (after being concerned they could be shut out), put forward what party operatives see as the best candidates in suburban New Jersey, and they feel good about their candidates who won in New Mexico and Iowa.

Updated Tuesday, 10:03 a.m.

It's been the story since Trump was elected.

Dueling, massive crowds showed up in Washington in January 2017: on one day, supporters of the newly inaugurated president; and, the next, an enormous gathering of opponents for the Women's March, with largely women leading the resistance.

4th Congressional district Republican nominee Rep. Jim Baird, left, and Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun - a former state lawmaker - were attacked for their votes to raise the state’s gas tax 10 cents. (Courtesy Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

Two Republican primary candidates were attacked for their votes last year to raise the state’s gas tax. They both won their races.

And legislative leaders say those results affirm their support for the 2017 gas tax legislation.

ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation.

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Andy Downs, the executive director of the Mike Downs Center on Indiana Politics in Fort Wayne came on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday to talk about last week's primary elections and his "take"on the winners and how he sees the campaigns shaping up during the months before the November general election.  This includes the contentious Republican Party race for U.S. Senate, won by Mike Braun.  Here's the conversation.

Donnelly-Braun Race Shaping Up To Be Contentious

May 11, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and his Republican challenger Mike Braun. (Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate and Indiana General Assembly)
Brandon Smith

The Senate race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Republican Mike Braun is fully underway as both men gear up for what’s likely to be a contentious campaign. 

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President Donald Trump unveiled his new slogan,"Keep America Great” at his campaign rally yesterday in Elkhart to a welcoming crowd. Protesters across the street however, had other thoughts about the president’s impact.

 

President Donald Trump’s supporters waited outside of the Elkhart middle school venue for hours before the rally. And they got an earful of chants against the president.
 

There's already a record number of women running for House seats and governorships in 2018 — and women Senate candidates are on track to break records as well.

On the first big night of the 2018 primaries this week, those women fared particularly well.

Tritch Takes Dem Primary To Challenge Banks

May 9, 2018
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The Democratic primary race for Indiana's 3rd Congressional District helped drive voter turnout in Allen County, more than tripling the number of the previous primary.

 

State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) won the 4th District Republican primary Tuesday. (Indiana House Republicans)
Brandon Smith

State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) scored a surprise victory Tuesday in the Republican primary for Indiana’s 4th Congressional seat – the seat opened by Rep. Todd Rokita’s (R-Brownsburg) Senate run.

Donnelly Says He's Ready For Fight Against Braun

May 9, 2018
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) says he's ready for a fight against Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) officially welcomed Republican Mike Braun Wednesday to what’s likely to be one of the most contentious races in the country this fall.

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Indiana’s GOP field for November’s election appears to be in place.

 

Mike Braun won the three-man battle to unseat Joe Donnelly in the US Senate, earning 41.1 percent of the vote in Allen County over opponents Rep. Luke Messer (R-6th) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th).

 

Despite the testy nature of the race, Allen County GOP chairman Steve Shine says he hopes the three can set aside their differences, and for Braun to have support as he now looks to take Donnelly’s seat.

 

Two State Lawmakers Lose Primaries In Upsets

May 8, 2018
Rep. Dick Hamm (R-Richmond) and Sen. Joe Zakas (R-Granger) lost their primary races. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Most incumbents in state House and Senate races sailed to easy victories Tuesday – with two exceptions, including one of the longest-serving members of the current General Assembly.

Voters Across Indiana Approve More School Funding

May 8, 2018

Every one of the 12 school funding measures on the primary ballot passed this week.

Anderson Community Schools had two measures on the line, for school operations and construction. Both passed with around 60 percent of voter approval.

Goshen Community Schools also had two measures up for consideration, but the margin of victory was a bit closer – both passed with a little more than 50 percent of the vote.

Democrat Tobi Beck and Republican state Rep. Jim Baird will face off in November to fill Todd Rokita's seat in the U.S. House. Rokita’s departure made for a wide and competitive race. Seven candidates sought the Republican seat and six for the Democrat spot.

Braun Wins Republican U.S. Senate Primary

May 8, 2018

Businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun will square off this fall with incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).

Braun emerged the victor Tuesday from a bruising Republican primary against U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

Hoosiers Warned About Voter Participation Letter

May 4, 2018
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Jill Sheridan

People across Indiana are contacting the Secretary of States office to report they’ve received letters that claim to be voting record audits. 

The letter from the “Indiana State Voter Report Program” lists voter information on past participation as well as that of friends and neighbors.  

Indiana has restrictions on voter participation records, only providing it to political parties and legislative caucuses.  

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