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indianaPopulation: 6,619,680 (2015)

Filing deadline: February 5, 2016.

Primary: May 3, 2016

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Indiana (R+5) is a relatively conservative state, but centrist Democrats are still competitive in statewide elections, although their bench is fairly thin. It is more conservative on the local level. Indiana was 84% White, 8% Black and 5% Hispanic in 2010.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 11. Indiana usually goes Republican in Presidential elections, but Barack Obama barely won it in 2008.

Senatorer: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican.

Joe Donnelly. (Pic: Congress)

Joe Donnelly. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Joe Don­nelly (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Banking.

Democratic nominee: Joe Don­nelly
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Lawyer Joe Don­nelly (b.1955) left the House after three terms, because the State Legislature redrew his district to be much more conservative. Instead, he won the open Senate seat in 2012 with 50% against a gaffe prone Republican. He may be more vulnerable against a better candidate in 2018.

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Dan Coats. (Pic: Congress)

Dan Coats. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Dan Coats (R)
Committees: Finance, Intelligence.

Democratic nomineeEvan Bayh
Republican nomineeTodd Young

Rating, Aug 31, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2018.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Lawyer and Congressman Dan Coats (b.1943) was appointed to the Senate in 1992, to replace Vice President-elect Dan Quayle. He retired in 1998, but made a comeback with 55% in 2010. He’s retiring for the second (and presumably last) time this year. The GOP nominated lawyer, veteran and Congressman Todd Young, while the Dems initially nominated businessman and former Congressman Baron Hill, who lost to Young in the 2010 House election. However, shortly before the deadline to withdraw, Hill bowed out in favor of former Senator and Governor Evan Bayh, who is still quite popular in the state.

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Representatives: 9 Representatives; 2 Democrats and 7 Republicans.

Pete Visclosky. (Pic: Congress)

Pete Visclosky. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Pete Visclosky (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Pete Vis­closky
Republican nominee: NONE

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (D+10) lies in the northwestern corner of the state, and includes Gary and suburbs. It is 68% White, 18% Black and 12% Hispanic. Lawyer Pete Visclosky (b.1949) har representert byen siden 1985 and tok knappe 61% in 2014.

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Jackie Walorski. (Pic: Congress)

Jackie Walorski. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Jackie Walorski (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces, Veterans.

Democratic nomineeLynn Coleman
Republican nominee: Jackie Walorski

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers northern, central Indiana. It is 85% White. Journalist and State Representative Jackie Walorski (b.1963) won it in 2012, on the second attempt and took 59% in 2014. The Dems are running former police officer Lynn Coleman.

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Marlin Stutzman. (Pic: Congress)

Marlin Stutzman. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Marlin Stutzman (R)
Committees: Financial Services, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Tommy Schrader
Republican nomineeJim Banks

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+13) covers northeastern parts of the state, including Ft. Wayne. It is 88% White. Farmer and State Senator Marlin Stutzman (b.1976) won it in a special election in 2010. He took 66% in 2014, but ran for the Senate in 2016 and lost. The GOP nominated realtor, veteran and State Senator Jim Banks. The Dems nominated Tommy Schrader.

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Todd Rokita. (Pic: Congress)

Todd Rokita. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Todd Rokita (R)
Committees: Budget, Education, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeJohn Dale
Republican nominee: Todd Rokita

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+11) covers northwestern parts, including western suburbs of Indianapolis. It is 90% White. Lawyer and SoS Todd Rokita (b.1970) was first elected in 2010 and took 67% in 2014 against teacher John Dale, who is running again.

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Susan Brooks. (Pic: Congress)

Susan Brooks. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Susan Brooks (R)
Committees: Energy and Commerce, Ethics.

Democratic nomineeAngela Demaree
Republican nominee: Susan Brooks

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers central parts north of Indianapolis. It is 85% White. US Attorney Susan Brooks (b.1960) was first elected in 2012 and took 65% in 2014. The Dems nominated veterinarian Angela Demaree.

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Luke Messer. (Pic: Congress)

Luke Messer. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Luke Messer (R)
Committees: Education, Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeBarry Welsh
Republican nominee: Luke Messer

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+12) covers central eastern and southeastern areas, including Indianapolis suburbs. It is 94% White. Lawyer and State Representative Luke Messer (b.1969) was first elected in 2012 and took 66% in 2014. The Dems nominated Minister Barry Welsh.

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André Carson. (Pic: Congress)

André Carson. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: André Carson (D)
Committees: Transportation, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: André Carson
Republican nomineeCatherine Ping

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (D+13) coves central areas, including Indianapolis. It is 62% White and 27% Black. Indiana Councilman André Carson (b.1974) has represented the city since winning his late grandmother’s seat in a special election in 2008. He took 55% in 2014. He is one of two Muslims in the House. The GOP is again running technology consultant and veteran Catherine Ping.

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Larry Bucshon. (Pic: Congress)

Larry Bucshon. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Larry Bucshon (R)
Committees: Energy and Commerce.

Democratic nomineeRon Drake
Republican nominee: Larry Bucshon

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+8) covers southwestern areas, including Evansville and Terre Haute. It is 93% White. Surgeon Larry Bucshon (b.1962) won it in 2010 and took 60% in 2014. The Dems nominated lawyer, farmer and former State Representative Ron Drake.

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Todd Young. (Pic: Congress)

Todd Young. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Todd Young (R)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nomineeShelli Yoder
Republican nomineeTrey Hollingsworth

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 18, 2016:
The district (R+9) covers southern and central parts, including Louisville suburbs and is 92% White. Lawyer and veteran Todd Young (b.1972) was first elected in 2010 and took 62% in 2014. He is running for Senate in 2016. The GOP nominated businessman Trey Hollingsworth. The Dems are running County Commissioner Shelli Yoder.

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STATE LEVEL

Mike Pence. (Pic: State of IN)

Mike Pence. (Pic: State of IN)

Governor: Mike Pence (R)

Democratic nomineeJohn Gregg
Republican nominee: Eric Holcomb

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Lawyer and Congressman Mike Pence (b.1959) barely won the office with 50% in 2012. He was picked as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate and the State Party nominated LG Eric Holcomb as the new gubernatorial candidate. The Dems are running lawyer and ex-State Representative John Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012.

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Eric Holcomb. (Pic: State of IN)

Eric Holcomb. (Pic: State of IN)

Lieutenant Governor: Eric Holcomb (R)

Democratic nominee: Christina Hale
Republican nominee: Suzanne Crouch

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The LG is picked by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. LG Sue Ell­s­per­mann was chosen by Pence in 2012, but resigned to seek a job in the state eduation system. Pence’s candidate in 2016 was former State Party Chair Eric Holcomb, who has held several jobs for various Republicans in the state. When Holcomb became the GOP nominee for Governor, he picked State Auditor Suzanne Crouch as his running mate. Gregg picked State Representative Christina Hale.

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Connie Lawson. (Pic: State of IN)

Connie Lawson. (Pic: State of IN)

Secretary of State: Connie Lawson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Connie Lawson

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Nominations for this office are made by the Party Conventions. State Senator Connie Lawson (b.1949) was appointed to the job in 2012 and took 57% in 2014.

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Kelly Mitchell. (Pic: State of IN)

Kelly Mitchell. (Pic: State of IN)

Treasurer: Kelly Mitchell (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Kelly Mitchell

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Nominations for this office are made by the Party Conventions. County Commissioner Kelly Mitchell took 58% in 2014.

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Suzanne Crouch. (Pic: State of IN)

Suzanne Crouch. (Pic: State of IN)

Auditor: Suzanne Crouch (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Suzanne Crouch

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2018.

Status, May 18, 2016:
Nominations for this office are made by the Party Conventions. State Representative Suzanne Crouch was appointed to the job in 2013 and took 60% in 2014.

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Gregg Zoeller. (Pic: State of IN)

Gregg Zoeller. (Pic: State of IN)

Attorney General: Greg Zoeller (R)

Democratic nomineeLorenzo Arredondo
Republican nomineeCurtis Hill

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Nominations for this office are made by the Party Conventions. Lawyer Greg Zoeller (b.1955) was first elected in 2008, but ran for Congress in 2016 and lost. The GOP nominee is County Attorney Curtis Hill. For the Dems, former Judge Lorenzo Arredondo is running.

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Glenda Ritz. (Pic: State of IN)

Glenda Ritz. (Pic: State of IN)

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Glenda Ritz (D)

Democratic nomineeGlenda Ritz
Republican nomineeJennifer McCormick

Rating, May 18, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
Nominations for this office are made by the Party Conventions. Teacher Glenda Ritz (b.1954) first won in 2012. The GOP nominee is Yorktown Superintendent, Jennifer McCormick.

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State Senate: 50 (10D / 40R). Term 4 years. Half elected in 2016/2018.
State House: 100 (29D / 7|R). Term 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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