Bill In Hopper Supports Earlier Indiana Primary Election
January 12, 2015 — Eric Berman, Network Indiana — Indiana‘s May primary comes so late that the state almost never plays a role in choosing the presidential nominees. But Governor Pence‘s possible candidacy could create an incentive to move the primary.
An earlier Indiana primary might give Pence a chance to grab delegates and attention. Senate President Pro Tem David Long says he‘d support joining forces with Michigan and Ohio for an early Midwestern primary. But Long says Indiana would need to partner with other states, and says there‘s no indication any such discussion is occurring. There‘s also no indication any legislator plans to introduce a bill to move the primary.
Carmel Senator Mike Delph authored a bill to let Pence run for governor and president at the same time. That bill was relegated to a legislative dead end last week. Delph says an early primary deserves discussion, but says he has no plans to introduce a bill.
Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane introduced a bill in 2007 to move the primary, but says he‘ll leave it to Republicans to propose any change for 2016.
The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton contest of 2008 was the first in 24 years to reach Indiana.