Indiana kicks off gubernatorial primary season

Eight of the 11 governor races being held this year are for seats left vacant by term-limited or retiring incumbents.
FILE – Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., speaks during a Republican Indiana gubernatorial candidate forum in Carmel, Ind., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. Braun and five other candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Indiana’s next governor will take to the debate stage Tuesday, April 23, 2024, two weeks ahead of the state’s May 7 primary election. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Voters in Indiana head to the polls Tuesday for primary election contests to choose nominees to replace term-limited Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), the first in a string of intraparty contests that will shape America’s next class of governors.

In Indiana, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R) is the heavy favorite against Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (R) and two self-funding businessmen. Braun, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump in November, has led public polls by wide margins in the state’s most competitive and expensive gubernatorial primary in decades.

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