The Green Papers: Indiana 2018 General Election
 
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
✓ Primary: Tuesday 8 May 2018
General Election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Friday 9 February 2018 - Filing Deadline - Primary.
Tuesday 8 May 2018 - Primary. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EDT (1000-2200 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CDT (1100-2300 UTC). Although a portion of this state is in CT, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated ET when the networks feel they can project.
Monday 2 July 2018 - Filing Deadline - Independent/Third/Minor.
Tuesday 6 November 2018 - General Election. Polling hours 6:00a-6:00p EST (1100-2300 UTC) / 6:00a-6:00p CST (1200-0000 UTC). Although a portion of this state is in CT, the majority of the polls are closed by the time indicated ET when the networks feel they can project.
 
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
Governor:1 
2010 Census:6,501,582 (2.10% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electoral Votes:11(2.04% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:9(2.07% of 435)
Capital:Indianapolis
 

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Indiana State and Local Government


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.


Indiana law forbids anyone from appearing on the general election ballot more the once.


The Libertarian Party nominates by 5 May 2018 convention rather than by primary.

Democratic and Republican Party nominations for Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer will be decided by convention.


2018 Indiana Election Calendar from the Indiana Election Division.

2018 Primary and General Election Candidates from the Indiana Election Division.

8 May 2018 Primary: Returns from an official source.
Results from Politico
Results from The New York Times.

 
           

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 115th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Senator  Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (5, 1 write-in)
  Candidate Democratic     Senator  Joseph Simon "Joe" Donnelly
FEC S2IN00091; 18 Apr 18; Tot $7,150,153; Dsb $2,348,343
  Candidate Republican     former state Representative Mike Braun
FEC S8IN00171; 18 Apr 18; Tot $5,941,425; Dsb $4,554,701
  Candidate Libertarian     Lucy M. Brenton
  Candidate Independent     Nathan J. Altman
FEC S8IN00213
  Candidate Independent     John Patrick Piper
FEC S8IN00197; 31 Mar 18; Tot $15,000; Dsb $18,404
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     James L. Johnson, Jr.

Class 3 Republican Senator  Todd Christopher Young
Served in the U.S. House: 2011-2017. First elected to the U.S. Senate: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 8 November 2022
 Candidate list (1)
  Candidate Republican     Senator  Todd Christopher Young
FEC S6IN00191

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Term Limit: No more than 2 4-year terms in any 3-term period, All Governors

  Republican Governor Eric Joseph Holcomb
First elected: 2016
Chair up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.

Lieutenant Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2016, 2020. Elected on a ticket with Governor.

  Republican Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch
First elected: 2016.
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020

115th U.S. House of Representatives  2-year term. Election Cycle 2018, 2020. No Term Limit. 115th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
2 Democratic (2 Renominated);
7 Republican (5 Renominated, 2 Open)

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 1
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  Peter J. Visclosky
First elected: 1984
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  Peter J. Visclosky
FEC H4IN01012; 18 Apr 18; Tot $729,915; Dsb $464,142
  Candidate Republican     Mark J. Leyva
FEC H8IN01096

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 2
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Jackie Swihart Walorski
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Mel Hall
FEC H8IN02169; 18 Apr 18; Tot $808,001; Dsb $571,256
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Jackie Swihart Walorski
FEC H0IN02190; 18 Apr 18; Tot $1,644,389; Dsb $676,088
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     Richard Wolf

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 3
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  James E. "Jim" Banks
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Courtney Tritch
FEC H8IN03076; 18 Apr 18; Tot $328,450; Dsb $124,638
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  James E. "Jim" Banks
FEC H6IN03229; 18 Apr 18; Tot $599,542; Dsb $320,987

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 4
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman  Theodore Edward "Todd" Rokita
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 9 August 2017: Ran for but lost the primary for the Senate Class 1 seat in 2018.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (2, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Tobi Beck
FEC H8IN04124; 18 Apr 18; Tot $36,381; Dsb $27,820
  Candidate Republican     state Representative  James R. "Jim" Baird
FEC H8IN04199; 18 Apr 18; Tot $215,483; Dsb $120,146
  Candidate Write-in     Thomas Ballock
FEC H8IN04207; 31 Dec 17; Tot $122; Dsb $0

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 5
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Susan W. Brooks
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Dierdre "Dee" Thornton
FEC H8IN05188; 18 Apr 18; Tot $19,251; Dsb $11,498
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Susan W. Brooks
FEC H2IN05082; 18 Apr 18; Tot $761,828; Dsb $529,945

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 6
Seat up for regular election
Open
Republican Congressman  Allen Lucas "Luke" Messer
First elected: 2012
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Open Seat - 26 July 2017: Ran for but lost the primary for the Class 1 Senate Seat in 2018.
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3, 1 write-in) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Jeannine Lee Lake
FEC H8IN06152
  Candidate Republican     Gregory J. "Greg" Pence
Brother of Vice President Mike Pence

FEC H8IN06129; 18 Apr 18; Tot $1,191,791; Dsb $992,602
  Candidate Libertarian     Thomas G. "Tom" Ferkinhoff
FEC H8IN06137
  Candidate Write-in; (Independent)     John Miller

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 7
Seat up for regular election
Democratic Congressman  André D. Carson
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 regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Congressman  André D. Carson
FEC H8IN07184; 18 Apr 18; Tot $610,552; Dsb $483,091
  Candidate Republican     Wayne E. "Gunny" Harmon
FEC H8IN07150; 15 Apr 18; Tot $606; Dsb $346

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 8
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Larry D. Bucshon
First elected: 2010
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     William Tanoos
FEC H8IN08141; 18 Apr 18; Tot $131,859; Dsb $87,762
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Larry D. Bucshon
FEC H0IN08114; 18 Apr 18; Tot $561,256; Dsb $481,821

Incumbent - 115th Congress
CD 9
Seat up for regular election
Republican Congressman  Joseph A. "Trey" Hollingsworth, III
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Renominated
 Candidate list (2) - 116th Congress
  Candidate Democratic     Liz Watson
FEC H8IN09107; 18 Apr 18; Tot $586,421; Dsb $288,467
  Candidate Republican     Congressman  Joseph A. "Trey" Hollingsworth, III
FEC H6IN09176; 18 Apr 18; Tot $921,331; Dsb $489,293

Secretary of State  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Secretary of State  Connie Lawson
Appointed: March 2012, 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 ** Open Office (no incumbent) **
 Candidate list (3)
  Candidate Democratic     Jim Harper
  Candidate Green     George Wolfe
  Candidate Libertarian     Mark W. Rutherford
  
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: 2016, 2020

  Republican Attorney General  Curtis T. Hill, Jr.
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 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: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Treasurer  Kelly Mitchell
First elected: 2014
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
 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: 2014, 2018

Seat up for regular election Republican Auditor  Tera Klutz
9 January 2017: Appointed (re: resignation of Auditor Suzanne Crouch (Republican) who was elected in 2016 as Lieutenant Governor)
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 6 November 2018
8 November 2016: Suzanne Crouch (Republican), who was appointed Auditor in December 2013 (re: resignation of Auditor Dwayne Sawyer) and first elected Auditor in 2014, is elected Lieutenant Governor.
2 January 2017: Governor-elect Eric Holcomb (Republican) chooses Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz as the new Auditor. She will take office 9 January 2017.
 Candidate list (2)
  Candidate Republican     Auditor  Tera Klutz
  Candidate Libertarian     John Schick
 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: 2016, 2020

  Republican Public Instruction Superintendent Jennifer McCormick
First elected: 2016
Seat up for regular election: Tuesday 3 November 2020
 
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   Those parties which received electoral votes through winning a plurality of a state's [or the District of Columbia's] popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Democratic (affiliates): 3 incumbents, 11 candidates
  Republican: 15 incumbents, 12 candidates
Major Third Parties   Any Party, other than a Major Party, receiving a minimum of 15/100ths of 1 percent of the nationwide popular vote in any presidential election between 1984 and 2016. See Classification of Political parties.
  Constitution (affiliates)
  Green (affiliates): 1 candidate
  Libertarian: 4 candidates
Other Third Parties
  Boston Tea
  Justice Party
  Right to Life
  Unity
Independents
  Independent: 5 candidates
  Unaffiliated
Write-in/Scattered/otherwise not readily classifiable
  Not readily classifiable
  Write-in: 4 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 a legal election authority that the person has been officially certified to appear on the ballot.

Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.

"FEC" indicates the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Campaign Finance Summary.

When available, we post each candidate's FEC identification number, the date of their most recently filed Report of Receipts and Disbursements, their "Tot" [Total Receipts (contributions received or what came in: FEC Form 3, Line 16, Column B)] and their "Dsb" [Total Disbursements (expenditures or what was spent: FEC Form 3, Line 23, Column B)]. A link is provided to the Federal Election Commission's Summary Report for those who might wish to explore the details.

If a candidate raises or spends $5,000 or less, he or she is not subject to FEC reporting requirements.


Links Links to other web sites

Constitution   Links to State Constitutions
  http://www.state.in.us/legislative/ic/code/const/
Election Authority
  Indiana Election Commission
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  Indiana General Assembly
  Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus
  Indiana Senate Republican Caucus
Democratic
  Indiana Democratic Party
  Indiana House Democrats
Republican
  Indiana House Republicans
  The Indiana Republican Party
Third Party
  Boston Tea Party of Indiana
  Constitution Party of Indiana
  Indiana Green Party
  Indiana Right To Life
  Indiana Right To Life
  Justice Party of Indiana
  Libertarian Party of Indiana
  The Indiana Constitution Party
  The Unity Party of Indiana
Media & others
  Decatur Daily Democrat
  Goshen News
  Greensburg Daily News
  Howey Political Report
  Indianapolis Business Journal
  Journal and Courier - Lafayette
  Kendallville Publishing Company - Northeast Indiana
  Kokomo Tribune
  Lebanon Reporter
  NewsLink.org - Indiana
  Pharos-Tribune - Logansport
  Politics1.com - Indiana
  Post-Tribune - Merrillville
  Reporter-Times - Martinsville
  The Courier Times - New Castle
  The Courier-Times - New Castle
  The Evening News - Jefferson / The Tribune - New Albany
  The Herald Bulletin - Anderson
  The Herald-Press - Huntington County
  The Indianapolis Star
  The News-Dispatch - Michigan City
  The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne
  The Palladium-Item - Richmond
  The Shelbyville News
  The Star Press - Muncie
  The Times - Frankfort
  The Times - Munster
  The Times - Northwest Indiana / Southeast Chicago
  The Wabash PlainDealer
  Times-Mail - Bedford
  Tri-State Media
  Tribune Star - Terre Haute
  WISH TV - CBS - Indianapolis
  WRTV - ABC - Indianapolis
  WTHR - NBC - Indianapolis
  Zionsville Times Sentinel

 


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