INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was in Indianapolis Thursday for a private fundraiser.
The former South Bend mayor returns to Indiana with momentum after strong showings in the early primaries.
We watched as VIP guests entered a private fundraiser for Pete Buttigieg in Indianapolis.
“Money is always critical and he is trying to build up that momentum and keep it going,” said Political Analyst and Political Science Professor at the University of Indianapolis Laura Wilson.
She notes the timing of this event says a lot.
“It shows that even though we are coming up to the Nevada primary and the South Carolina primary he obviously thinks this fundraiser is important and being in Indianapolis is important because you only have so much time and he is choosing to spend it here with us,” said Wilson.
Buttigieg is leading in terms of delegates after two primary elections.
But how will he do here in Indiana? A state that Bernie Sanders won in the 2016 primary election.
“It’s hard to say at this point," said Wilson. "I would tell you it says a lot about the democratic party that from an ideological perspective they are still up in the air who they want to support. Bernie being much more progressive, Buttigieg being much more moderate."
We asked on Twitter if Buttigieg being a Hoosier impacts whether people might vote for him and 83 percent said no but 17 percent said yes.
“Someone being from Indiana gives it a little more of a hometown feel, " said Indiana resident Christian Ross. "You relate to them a little more, they know a little more about what you have been through and what experiences you have.”
Wilson says if Buttigieg wants to do well here, he may want to emphasize his Midwest upbringing.
“If he can talk about Indiana being a success, sticking to those talking points, that makes Hoosiers feel good about themselves and that makes them also feel good about him and his candidacy,” said Wilson.
Regardless of how he does in Indiana, Buttigieg is the first Hoosier democrat to make it this far in a presidential election in half of a century.