Election 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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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has recently been criticized for his lack of foreign policy experience. Carson visited Fort Wayne Thursday for a rally, and he spent roughly a quarter of his time talking about international politics.

Don't Forget The 2015 Elections

Sep 1, 2015
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It is 2015, yet most of the discussion about elections focuses on 2016. In some ways this is not surprising given that 2015 is an “off-year” for elections. Even though it is an off-year, there still are elections happening this year and the presidential campaigns are drowning out these elections by starting earlier and earlier each cycle.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace 9th District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says, as Attorney General, he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg raised more money in the first half of 2015 than Governor Mike Pence.  And at least one political scientist says, even with the election more than a year away, that could have an impact on how the race shapes up.

Former House Speaker John Gregg managed to out-fundraise the incumbent through June by a little more than $100,000. 

Is Pence’s Reelection Bid in Trouble?

Jul 1, 2015
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In June, Bellwether Research and Consulting released a poll examining Hoosiers' views of Gov. Mike Pence and some of his possible opponents in 2016.  The immediate reaction was that the reelection bid by Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in trouble. 

There were reasons to think this:

Ritz Rolls Out Gubernatorial Bid in Fort Wayne

Jun 5, 2015
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Indiana State Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz brought her newly-announced campaign for governor to Fort Wayne Friday.

Ritz officially announced her candidacy Thursday in Indianapolis, and is now rolling out the campaign to residents around the state. A few dozen supporters and media showed up at the Allen County Public Library to hear her speak Friday.

In her remarks, Ritz said she will focus on education, economic and community revitalization if she gets the Democratic nomination. She also says she’ll release policy papers with her ideas in the coming months.

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Despite constant clashes with Governor Mike Pence over the last two years, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz says her decision to run for governor isn’t personal; it’s because of significant differences with Pence over how to move Indiana forward.  On Thursday, Ritz officially became the third person to enter the Democratic primary, calling herself the “best candidate” to beat the governor.

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Indiana’s Republican Party chairman Monday announced Governor Mike Pence will make a bid for a second term.  The incumbent could face a tougher test than he did in 2012.

A Pence run for reelection wasn’t always considered a lock as the Hoosier governor had been mentioned – sometimes prominently – as a 2016 presidential contender. 

Former Rep. Baron Hill Will Run for Senate

May 15, 2015
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Former Democratic Congressman Baron Hill is running for the U.S. Senate—although he doesn’t plan to officially announce until June.

Hill told a group of Bartholomew County Democrats Thursday night he plans to run for the Senate seat Republican Dan Coats is vacating after 2016.

Hill is the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring.

Two Republicans—Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman and former Coats chief of staff and state GOP chairman Eric Holcomb have already announced they’re running.

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