|INDIANA||11 Electoral Votes|
This noncompetitive state saw little of the presidential campaign; the main focus was the gubernatorial race between incumbent Gov. Joe Kernan (D) and former Bush OMB Director Mitch Daniels (R). Daniels associated himself with President Bush when the President and later the First Lady visited Indiana and his campaign ran a late television ad featuring Bush. Daniels prevailed in this contest, breaking Democrats' 16-year hold on the State House. Democrats also suffered the surprising defeat of Congressman Baron Hill (D) by businessman Mike Sodrel (R) in the 9th CD (southern Indiana).
Kerry actually had a tiny Indiana campaign. Mike Harmless, former mayor of Greencastle chaired the effort and Erin Rosenberg, a 2004 graduate of Indiana University, took off a semester from law school at IUPUI to work on the campaign for the last four months. Harmless said that at one point polls provided some optimism, but then the bottom started to fall out. Nonetheless there was plenty of work to do such as voter registration, and reaching out to various constituencies including African-Americans, Latinos and labor unionists. There were 100 to 150 committed volunteers who needed meaningful work. In September volunteers started doing phone banking, calling into battleground states such as Ohio and Florida. About 40 people were also making trips to Ohio. (Dayton is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Indianapolis and Columbus about 3 1/2 hours).
There were some other peripheral
connections to the presidential campaign. The
South Bend Regional Airport makes South Bend a good starting point for
forays into Southwestern Michigan. President Bush (May 3)
and Vice President Cheney (Oct. 15) used South Bend as a gateway for bus
tours into Michigan. Republicans in Evansville, wanting to show their
allegiances, went over to Kentucky to get yard signs.
|Bush-Cheney '04||Kerry-Edwards 2004|
Chair: Sen. Richard Lugar
Indiana Republican Party
Chair: Mike Harmless
Coordinator: Erin Rosenberg
Indiana Democratic Party
-LB greeted by Mitch Daniels at Indianapolis International Airport; attends a Victory 2004 dinner at the home of Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George in Indianapolis, IN. (Raises $750,000).
May 3, 2004
April 23, 2004
Also: On the morning of October 15 DC and LC started a Michigan bus tour in South Bend.
-JK remarks on responsible leadership at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s 47th Quadrennial Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (This was Kerry's first event after he announced selection of Sen. Edwards).
Newspaper Endorsements source: Editor & Publisher
The Indianapolis Star (10/17/04)
Evansville Courier & Press (10/24/04)
The News-Sentinel [Fort Wayne] (10/25/04)
Palladium-Item [Richmond] (10/28/04)
The Times [Munster] (10/24/04) >
The Journal Gazette [Fort Wayne] (10/22/04)
Journal and Courier [Lafayette] (10/29/04)
Third Party and Independent
Independent or minor party candidates running statewide needed to obtain signatures of 2% of the total votes cast for secretary of state in the 2002 general election (29,552 signatures) and submit them by 12:00 noon "prevailing local time" on June 30, 2004.
>Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh was subject of a minor amount of speculation as a possible running mate for Sen. Kerry.
>Libertarian nominee Michael Badnarik was born in Hammond and went to Indiana University. His mother, Elaine, was the Libertarians' 2004 candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Indiana.
Badnarik - Jeff Smith
Nader - Dallas Stoner
June 13, 2004
-Meeting with volunteers at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Campus-Downtown in Indianapolis.
April 24-25, 2004
-Rendezvous with Ralph-thank you meeting with contributors at University Place Conference Center and Hotel in Indianapolis.
-Speech, media availability, book signing at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis.
Drive to Bloomington.
-Campaign speech/meeting with volunteers, book signing at IU in Bloomington.
-Breakfast with volunteers, book signing at TGI Friday's Restaurant in Mishawaka.
Late June-early July visit-no details.
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2005 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.
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