The Green Papers: Indiana 2008 General Election
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Special Election House CD 7: Tuesday 11 March 2008
Primary: Tuesday 6 May 2008
General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Electoral Votes:11(2.04% of 538)
Governor:1 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2002-2010 Representatives:9(2.07% of 435)
2000 Census:6,090,782 (2.16% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):4,448,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):4,000,809
Capital:Indianapolis
Tuesday 11 March 2008 polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) / 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 6:00p EST (2300 UTC) / 6:00p CST (0000 UTC). Although much of this state is in CST, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EST when the networks feel they can project.
Tuesday 6 May 2008 polling hours 6:00a EDT (1000 UTC) / 6:00a CDT (1100 UTC) to 6:00p EDT (2200 UTC) / 6:00p CDT (2300 UTC). Although much of this state is in CDT, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EDT when the networks feel they can project.
Tuesday 4 November 2008 polling hours 6:00a EST (1100 UTC) / 6:00a CST (1200 UTC) to 6:00p EST (2300 UTC) / 6:00p CST (0000 UTC). Although much of this state is in CST, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated EST when the networks feel they can project.
 

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Indiana State and Local Government

Indiana 2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions:
Democrats, Republicans, Third Parties


24 January 2008 final results: IIndiana Secretary - Indiana General Election - November 4, 2008 - Last Updated December 15, 2008 (05:54 PM)


30 September 2008: Synchronized with Indiana Secretary of State - November 4, 2008 General Election Candidates and Secretary of State Elections Division.


Tuesday 6 May 2008 INDIANA Primary Returns from an official source


NOTE: In any Primary election in INDIANA, voters state which Party they are affiliated with by asking the poll workers for the ballot of that Party in a given Primary. A voter's party affiliation is determined solely by his or her Primary voting record; the state's voter registration form does NOT provide a place for the voter to state Party affiliation.

Even though the history of a voter's Party affiliation- solely as determined by the individual voter's Primary voting record- is part of the public record, the informaton is NOT available at the polling place. Any voter, however, may challenge another voter's Party affiliation at the polls:

In such a case, the voter making the challenge (the "challenger") fills out an affidavit that the voter being challenged (the "challengee") has not, in fact, voted in the Party's Primaries in the past, an assertion against which the challengee must fill out a counter-affidavit, asserting that they intend to vote for a majority of the candidates of the challengee's Party of choice in the next General Election. If the challengee fills out this counter-affidavit, the challengee is allowed to vote in the Primary; however, if the challengee refuses, he or she is not allowed to vote in the Primary.

Nevertheless, since General Election ballots are cast in secret, the intention expressed in the counter-affidavit by the challengee is impossible to enforce.

 
           

President  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2008, 2012. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in a lifetime. Electors: 11 (Winner-take-all), How Appointed, Meeting Place, Duly Appointed Presidential Electors, List of Presidential Candidates.
Up for election in 2008
  Elected Democratic 1,374,039 49.95% Senator Barack Hussein Obama
(11 Electoral Votes)
Vice President: Senator Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr.

FEC P80003338: $778,642,047
  Candidate Republican 1,345,648 48.91% Senator John Sidney McCain, III
Vice President: Governor Sarah H. Palin

FEC P80002801: $399,826,076
  Candidate Libertarian 29,257 1.06% former Congressman Bob Barr
Vice President: Wayne Allyn Root

FEC P80005580: $1,405,899
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution; Independent) 1,024 0.04% Charles Obadiah "Chuck" Baldwin
Vice President: Darrell L. Castle

FEC P80005499: $262,010
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 909 0.03% Ralph Nader
Vice President: Matt Gonzalez

FEC P20000527: $4,520,160
  Candidate Write-in; (Green) 87 0.00% former Congressman Cynthia A. McKinney
Vice President: Rosa A. Clemente

FEC P80004930: $240,360
  Candidate Write-in; (Constitution; Independent) 51 0.00% Darrell Lane Castle
The Indiana Secretary of State states that Darrell L. Castle of Tennessee indicated he was affiliated with the Constitution Party and filed as a candidate for President.

FEC P80005523: Financial report not available
  Candidate Write-in; (Socialist Party USA) 14 0.00% Brian Patrick Moore
Vice President: Stewart A. Alexander

FEC P80005275: $9,516
  Candidate Write-in; (America's Independent) 12 0.00% Michael L. Faith
Running under the banner of "Americas Party".
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 9 0.00% Kevin Mottus
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 2 0.00% Lawson Mitchell Bone
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 1 0.00% Lou Kujawski
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 1 0.00% John Leroy Plemons
Total 2,751,054 100.00%  

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 110th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1 Republican Senator Richard G. Lugar
First elected: 1976; re-elected: 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 6 November 2012

Class 3 Democratic Senator Evan Bayh
First elected: 1998; re-elected: 2004.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period, All Governors

Chair up for election Republican Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2004
Chair up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Republican - Republican Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
  Elected Republican 1,563,885 57.84% Governor Mitchell E. "Mitch" Daniels, Jr.
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
  Candidate Democratic 1,082,463 40.04% former Representative Jill Lynette Long Thompson
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: state Representative Dennie Oxley, II
  Candidate Libertarian; (Boston Tea) 57,376 2.12% Andrew "Andy" Horning
Running mate for Lieutenant Governor: Lisa Kelly
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 19 0.00% Christopher Stried
Running mate for Lt. Governor: Fallon O'Brien
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent) 9 0.00% Timothy Lee Frye
Total 2,703,752 100.00%  

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

Seat up for election Republican Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
First elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

110th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 110th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
5 Democratic (5 Renominated);
4 Republican (4 Renominated)

CD 1
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1984
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
  Elected Democratic 199,954 70.90% Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
FEC H4IN01012: $1,763,060
  Candidate Republican 76,647 27.18% Mark Leyva
FEC H8IN01096: $11,732
  Candidate Libertarian 5,421 1.92% Jeff Duensing
FEC H8IN01120: Financial report not available
Total 282,022 100.00%  

CD 2
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
  Elected Democratic 187,416 67.09% Congressman Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
FEC H4IN02101: $1,846,892
  Candidate Republican 84,455 30.23% Luke Wayne Puckett
FEC H8IN02102: $301,368
  Candidate Libertarian 7,475 2.68% Mark Vogel
FEC H8IN02136: Financial report not available
Total 279,346 100.00%  

CD 3
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Mark Edward Souder
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1994
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Toss-up - Republican Congressman Mark Edward Souder vs. Democratic Michael Anthony "Mike" Montagano
  Elected Republican 155,693 55.04% Congressman Mark Edward Souder
FEC H4IN04099: $1,077,170
  Candidate Democratic 112,309 39.70% Michael Anthony "Mike" Montagano
FEC H8IN03050: $854,428
  Candidate Libertarian 14,877 5.26% William R. Larsen
FEC H2IN03145: Financial report not available
Total 282,879 100.00%  

CD 4
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Steve Buyer
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1992
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Steve Buyer
  Elected Republican 192,526 59.87% Congressman Steve Buyer
FEC H2IN05025: $870,667
  Candidate Democratic 129,038 40.13% Nels Ackerson
FEC H8IN04108: $871,450
Total 321,564 100.00%  

CD 5
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Danny L. "Dan" Burton
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 1982
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Danny L. "Dan" Burton
  Elected Republican 234,705 65.55% Congressman Danny L. "Dan" Burton
FEC H2IN06023: $1,417,754
  Candidate Democratic 123,357 34.45% Mary Etta Ruley
FEC H8IN05121: $16,195
Total 358,062 100.00%  

CD 6
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Seat up for election
Republican Congressman Mike Pence
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Republican Congressman Mike Pence
  Elected Republican 180,608 63.95% Congressman Mike Pence
FEC H8IN02060: $1,612,797
  Candidate Democratic 94,265 33.38% Barry Alan Welsh
FEC H6IN06149: $23,625
  Candidate Libertarian 7,539 2.67% George Thomas Holland
FEC H6IN06024: Financial report not available
Total 282,412 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman André D. Carson
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 11 March 2008 in a Special Election called to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Julia M. Carson (his grandmother) on 15 December 2007.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman André D. Carson
  Elected Democratic 172,650 65.08% Congressman André D. Carson
FEC H8IN07184: $1,652,313
  Candidate Republican 92,645 34.92% Gabrielle Campo
After winning the 6 May Republican Primary, state Representative Jonathan Robert "Jon" Elrod announced that he is dropping out of the Congressional contest and will run for re-election as a state Representative. The party chose Gabrielle Campo as the replacement candidate circa 18 July 2008.

FEC H8IN07275: $38,923
  Candidate Write-in; (Republican) 4 0.00% Delbert Suits
FEC H8IN07283: Financial report not available
Total 265,299 100.00%  

CD 7
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Seat up for election
Special Election
Democratic
Seat up for election: Tuesday 11 March 2008
Special Election
  Elected Democratic 45,668 54.04% André D. Carson
Nominated by Convention 12 January 2008

FEC H8IN07184: $1,652,313
  Candidate Republican 36,415 43.09% Jonathan Robert "Jon" Elrod
Nominated by Convention 12 January 2008

FEC H8IN07168: $199,624
  Candidate Libertarian 2,430 2.88% Sean Shepard
Nominated by Convention 12 January 2008

FEC H8IN07218: $3,257
Total 84,513 100.00%  

CD 8
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth
  Elected Democratic 188,693 64.74% Congressman Brad Ellsworth
FEC H6IN08210: $1,571,814
  Candidate Republican 102,769 35.26% Gregory Justin "Greg" Goode
FEC H8IN08117: $223,728
Total 291,462 100.00%  

CD 9
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Seat up for election
Democratic Congressman Baron P. Hill
• Re-elected Tuesday 4 November 2008
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Renominated - 6 May 2008 Primary
 Polls: Leans Democratic - Democratic Congressman Baron P. Hill
  Elected Democratic 181,281 57.77% Congressman Baron P. Hill
FEC H8IN09032: $2,151,725
  Candidate Republican 120,529 38.41% former Congressman Michael E. "Mike" Sodrel
FEC H2IN09084: $1,007,289
  Candidate Libertarian 11,994 3.82% David Eric "Eric" Schansberg
FEC H6IN09119: $31,022
Total 313,804 100.00%  

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Secretary of State Todd Rokita
First elected: 2002; re-elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
  
Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Attorney General  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Republican Attorney General Steve Carter
First elected: 2000; re-elected: 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Retiring in 2008
 Polls: Republican Greg Zoeller
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Republican 1,318,147 50.75% Greg Zoeller
  Candidate Democratic 1,279,284 49.25% Linda Pence
Total 2,597,431 100.00%  
 Major Party candidates for the offices of Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction are not nominated via Primary but, instead, will be (per Indiana Code 3-8-4-2) nominated at each Party's respective State Conventions.

Treasurer  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Treasurer Richard E. Mourdock
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
 Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Auditor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2006, 2010

  Republican Auditor Tim Berry
First elected: 2006
Seat up for election: Tuesday 2 November 2010
 Candidates for this office are nominated by party convention or petition. That is, there is no primary election for this office.

Superintendent of Public Instruction  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2004, 2008

Seat up for election
Open
Republican Public Instruction Superintendent Suellen K. Reed
First elected: 1992; re-elected: 1996, 2000; 2004
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008
Open Seat - Retiring in 2008
 Polls: Republican Tony Bennett
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
  Elected Republican 1,294,833 51.00% Tony Bennett
  Candidate Democratic 1,243,693 48.99% Richard D. Wood
  Candidate Write-in; (Democratic) 180 0.01% Kevin R. Brown
Total 2,538,706 100.00%  
 Major Party candidates for the offices of Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction are not nominated via Primary but, instead, will be (per Indiana Code 3-8-4-2) nominated at each Party's respective State Conventions.

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

Major Parties
  Democratic (affiliates): 7 incumbents, 15 candidates
  Republican: 12 incumbents, 16 candidates
Major Third Parties
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 8 candidates
Other Third Parties
  America's Independent (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Boston Tea: 1 candidate
  Constitution (affiliates): 2 candidates
  Socialist Party USA: 1 candidate
Independents
  Independent: 8 candidates
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 14 candidates
 
Candidates running under the banner of more than one party are counted towards each party's total. A candidate who has lost a primary or is apparently no longer a candidate is not counted.

Notes

Candidates for office appear on this page in italics where 'The Green Papers' does not yet have independent confirmation from an election authority that the person so listed will actually appear on the ballot.
 
FEC indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary "Total Receipts" for candidates for Federal Office.

 


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