2016 Primary

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Indiana’s primary comes late in an election season and typically doesn't play a consequential role in nominating presidents.

However, Hoosier voters were pivotal this year. Republican Ted Cruz dropped his presidential bid after losing Indiana.  And Democrat Bernie Sanders bought his campaign more time with his defeat of frontrunner Hillary Clinton.


Earlier this week Ken Rudin, host of the Political Junkie Podcast and former NPR political editor, spoke with WBOI’s Katy Anderson about other strange moments in Indiana primary history.

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Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz announced the suspension of his campaign after losing the primary in Indiana on Tuesday night.

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With all precincts reported from Indiana’s primary on Tuesday, several races for the November General Election ballot are now firmly in place.

Kasich/Cruz Deal Might Not Work

May 3, 2016

Last month, Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich struck a deal. Kasich would stop campaigning in Indiana, in exchange for Cruz to stop campaigning in some Western states.

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Indiana has historically ranked very low among the 50 states in voter turnout during primary elections, but that might not be the case this year.

Schools On The Ballot: Ft. Wayne And Southwest Allen County

May 3, 2016
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There are two types of school referendum a school district may put on a ballot– one that raises taxes to help with construction and renovation projects, or one that raises taxes to help the district’s general fund.

Ft. Wayne Community Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools are both asking voters to funnel tax dollars into local schools Tuesday.  


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Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and his new running mate Carly Fiorina made a campaign stop in Fort Wayne Thursday morning, five days before Indiana’s May 3 primary. Nearly 1,000 people were in attendance for the rally, which was held at the Grand Wayne Center.

Iowa Caucus Can Affect Hoosier Voters

Feb 1, 2016
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Iowa is preparing to caucus tonight, but what does that have to do with Hoosier voters? 

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The primary election in Indiana is not until May, but already many people in Indiana have been researching the presidential candidates diligently (and less diligently) in order to find their preferred candidate.