INDIANA 11 Electoral Votes 
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(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Indiana Secretary of State)
Total Resident Population, July 1, 2012 est.
Total Registration, Nov. 2012
Indiana has: 92 counties.
Five largest counties: Marion, Lake, Allen, Hamilton, St. Joseph. >
Largest cities (100,000-plus): Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend. >

Governor: Mitch Daniels (R) elected 2004; re-elected in 2008; term-limited in 2012.
State Legislature: Indiana General Assembly  House: 100 seats  Senate: 50 seats
Local: Gov't  NACO Counties
U.S. House: 6R, 3D - 1. P.Visclosky (D) | 2. J.Donnelly (D) | 3. M.Stutzman (R)  | 4. T.Rokita (R) | 5. D.Burton (R) | 6. M.Pence (R) | 7. A.Carson (D) | 8. L.Bucshon (R) | 9. T.Young (R)
U.S. Senate: Dick Lugar (R) defeated in primary, Dan Coats (R) elected in 2010. 
2012 Governor: Vying to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), Rep. Mike Pence (R) defeated former state Speaker of the House John Gregg (D) and businessman and former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham (L) by 1,275,424 (49.49%) to 1,200,016 (46.56%) and 101,868 (3.95%).
U.S. Senate:
Rep. Joe Donnelly (D) defeated State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) and Andrew Horning (L), who works in cardiovascular healthcare, by 1,281,181 (50.03%) to 1,133,621 (44.27%) and 145,282 (5.67%).  Mourdock had defeated six-term Sen. Dick Lugar in the May 20, 2012 Republican primary by 60.5% to 39.5%.
U.S. House:  Indiana had three open seats.  Republicans picked up one seat going from 6R, 3D to 7R, 2D.
- In the 2nd CD (North Central Indiana ...Donnelly), former state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R)
, the 2010 nominee, defeated veteran and consultant Brendan Mullen (D) and Joe Ruiz (L) by a bit less than 3,920 votes, 49.01% to 47.58% and 3.41%.
- In the 5th CD (north of Indianapolis, between but not including Kokomo and Muncie ...Burton), former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks (R) defeated state Rep. Scott Reske (D) and high school teacher Chard Reid (L) by a comfortable margin.
- In the 6th CD (Southeast Indiana ...Pence), former state Rep. Luke Messer (R), who ran for Congress in 2010, defeated homebuilder Brad Bookout (D) and Rex Bell (L), a carpenter.

State Legislature: All 100 House seats and 25 Senate seats were up.  Republicans expanded their majority in the House from 60R, 40D to 69R, 31D while the Senate remained at 37R, 13D. 

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The Hoosier State
General Election -- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,759,100.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 55.1%.

Total Registration: 4,555,257.

Official Results >

Obama/Biden (Dem.) 1,152,887
Johnson/Gray (Lib.)
+Romney/Ryan (Rep.)


Total voters: 2,663,368 of which 590,445 (22.1%) voted absentee.
write ins included 625 for Jill Stein and 290 for Virgil Goode.
Overview: In contrast to 2008, the outcome in Indiana was never in doubt as the Romney/Ryan ticket amassed a plurality of 267,656 votes (10.20 percentage points), carrying 83 counties to nine for Obama.  The nine counties included the two largest, Marion (by 79,827 votes) and Lake (by 62,466 votes), as well as Delaware, La Porte, Monroe, Perry, Porter, St. Joseph and Vigo.  There were a few visits (+).  The biggest story in terms of media attention was U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's controversial remark about rape in an Oct. 24 candidates debate; this put Romney, who had recently cut a TV spot for Mourdock (+), in an awkward position.
Obama  |  (Romney)

Primary Election -- Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Registered Voters: 4,409,890.  Voters Voting: 957,510.  Turnout: 22%.   
...In Person: 837,871.  Absentee: 119,639.  12%

President Obama, unchallenged, received 221,466 votes.

46 Delegates: 3 RNC; 16 at-large; 27 by CD (3 x 9 CDs).
2.01% of the 2,286 Delegates.

Newt Gingrich
Ron Paul
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum


In the pre-campaign phase, Indiana had two potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates, but both opted not to run.  Rep. Mike Pence, a conservative favorite, ruled it out on Jan. 27, 2011 and later started his run for governor.  Gov. Mitch Daniels was seen as a strong contender if he had decided to run, but he ruled it out on May 22, 2011. 

General Election -- Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Voting Eligible Population*: 4,634,261.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 59.4%.

In terms of registered voters...
Highest turnout county was Adams (79%).
Lowest turnout county was Crawford (48%).

2,143,831 voted in person.
   662,443 voted absentee (24%).

Highest absentee vote county was Cass (67%).
Lowest absentee vote county was Vermillion (11%).

Total Registration: 4,514,804.
Official Results >

+Obama/Biden (Dem.)
Barr/Root (Lib.)
McCain/Palin (Rep.) 1,345,648
Baldwin (w/in Ind.)
Nader (w/in Ind.)
8 more w/ins 177

Total voters 2,805,374.
62% of 4,514,804 registered.
2008 Overview
Indiana ripened into a tight battleground state, and the Obama-Biden ticket eked out a win, gaining a plurality of 28,391 votes (1.04 percentage points).  McCain carried 77 counties to 15 for Obama, but Obama's pluralities of 107,674 votes in Marion County (Indianapolis) 71,559 votes Lake County (NW corner, in the Chicago metro area) combined with showings in the 45-49% range in another 22 counties and inroads in the donut counties around Indianapolis tipped the balance.
General Election Details
Obama/Allies  |  McCain/Allies  |  Nader

General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004
Voting Eligible Population: 4,504,260.  
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 54.8%.

Absentee votes: 260,550

Total Registration:  4,296,602.
Official Results

Kerry/Edwards (Dem.)
Badnarik/Campagna (Lib.) 18,058 (0.73)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.) 1,479,438
Nader/Camejo (w/in Ind.)
Cobb/LaMarche (w/in Grn.)
J.J. Kennedy, W.Brown, L.M. Bone (w/ins)

Total voters voting: 2,512,142
2004 Overview
Not since LBJ in 1964 has a Democrat carried Indiana.  Bush-Cheney expanded upon their 2000 showing, gaining a plurality of 510,427 votes (20.68 percentage points).  Bush carried 88 of the 92 counties; Kerry won in Marion (Indianapolis), Lake (Gary; northwest corner), La Porte (also in the northwest), and Monroe (Bloomington) counties. 
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies  |  Bush-Cheney '04

General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000
Voting Eligible Population: 4,424,909.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 49.3%.

Total Registration: 4,000,809.
Official Results

Gore/Lieberman (Dem.)
Browne/Olivier (Lib.)
+Bush/Cheney (Rep.)
Buchanan/Foster (Ind.)
Nader/LaDuke (w/in)
Hagelin/Goldhaber (w/in)
Phillips/Frazier (w/in)
David McReynolds (w/in)
J.Schriner, K.R. Judd, D.H. Birchler, E.L. Easton, G.D. Strickland (w/ins)

Petition candidates were required to obtain signatures of 30,716 registered voters (2% of the votes received for Sec. of State in 1998).  Nader petitions contained only 15,891 valid signatures, so the Indiana Election Commission in its Aug. 24 meeting declined to place Nader on the ballot.

2000 Overview
Bush-Cheney won Indiana's 12 electoral votes with a plurality of 343,856 votes (15.65 percentage points), carrying 86 of the state's 92 counties.  Gore won in Lake (Gary), La Porte and St. Joseph (South Bend) counties in the Northwest corner of the state, as well as in Perry, Scott, and Vermillion. 

Gov. Bush made a couple of visits to the state: on Sept. 6 he did an airport rally and a Republican Party reception in Indianapolis, and on Oct. 27, on his Michigan Bus tour, he did an airport departure in South Bend. 

For the Democratic ticket, Sen. Lieberman delivered a major address on faith and values at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend on Oct. 24.

1992 and 1996 General Elections

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Bush (Rep.)...........989,375
Clinton (Dem.).......848,420
Perot (Ind.) ...........455,934
Dole (Rep.).........1,006,693 
Clinton (Dem.).......887,424
Perot (Ref.)............224,299
Others (1+w/ins).....17,426