INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana’s presidential primary often ends up as an afterthought, as candidates typically have enough delegates for a clear path to the nomination. But this year’s a different story for both Republicans and Democrats, with multiple campaigns launching field offices in Indiana.
May 3rd is primary day, and it’s almost a guarantee Indiana’s race will get national attention.
Tuesday was the first day of early voting, and early returns in Marion County appeared quite strong, with 154 ballots cast. That’s a 47% increase from 2008 and a 58% increase from day one of early voting in 2012.
Tuesday night Hillary Clinton’s campaign kicked off their Indiana push with the opening of their field office on the northeast side, off Keystone Avenue. Staffers said other offices will soon be set up across the state.
“We’re going to compete hard here,” said Peter Hanscom, Indiana State Director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, “We’re only 28 days away from what’s expected to be a competitive contest, and certainly the eyes of the nation will be here on Indiana.”
Bernie Sanders’ campaign already opened multiple field offices in the state.
Wednesday morning Donald Trump’s Indiana campaign will announce their leadership team. Rex Early will be Indiana State Chairman for the Trump campaign. Early ran as a gubernatorial candidate in 1996 and led state efforts for the campaigns of Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole.
Indiana’s congressional delegation will likely show public support for candidates. Representative Andre Carson was at the opening of Clinton’s field office on Tuesday night, and Senator Joe Donnelly said earlier Tuesday he’s hitting the campaign trail for Clinton.
“I’ll be out on the road supporting her,” he said.
Ted Cruz and John Kasich are expected to reveal their Indiana plans in the coming days.