Presidential campaigns push for support in Indiana before May primary

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 31, 2016) - Work is well underway in Indiana to make sure Hoosiers get out to vote in the May 3 presidential primary.

Already, candidates are opening offices throughout the state in an attempt to drum up support.

The next five weeks are critical for the candidates in a presidential campaign that has proven nothing is guaranteed.

The Bernie Sanders campaign has already opened multiple offices across Indiana.

At his Indianapolis location in Broad Ripple, Political Director Carli Stevenson knows the next five weeks leading up to Indiana’s primary are critical.

“We have volunteers coming in here every day and we were so lucky that there was already this wonderful grassroots network of Bernie supporters, people who have already been self-organizing here in Indiana who’ve just been waiting for the official campaign to come,” she said.

“We are to the point now where the campaign is fully ready to invest in opening up offices statewide, hiring staff state wide,” said Peter Hanscom, the Indiana Director for the Hillary Clinton Campaign.

Clinton’s campaign is canvassing and drumming up support this weekend ahead of the April 4 voter registration deadline, for the May 3 primary.

Hillary has history in Indiana. She won in her primary there against Barack Obama, in 2008.

“What happens here in the primary is actually going to directly impact who the nominee is,” said Hanscom.

Ted Cruz is making a point to push Indiana Governor Mike Pence into his corner. Pence has not formally endorsed anyone, but has said he will support the eventual republican nominee.

Cruz supporters are sending encouragement his way.

“Mike Pence’s endorsement would be very important. He’s well respected, he has a tremendous presence in Indiana, he’s been a public figure in Indiana for a long time and he’s still a young guy,” said Cruz campaign surrogate, Congressman Steve King (R – Iowa).

John Kasich and Donald Trump have not yet opened offices in Indiana.

If you would like to vote in the May 3 primary, you have until Monday, April 4 to register to do so. You can register online, by mail or in person at your local voter registration office.

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