After his clean sweep in the Northeast, Donald Trump has his eye set on Indiana and a win might push him into the GOP nomination.
Because this has been such a hotly contested campaign on both the Republican and Democratic sides, voter turn out is skyrocketing. The source for all of this? Look no further than Trump himself. With Trump being a catalyst for the Republican party as well as changing the face of politics as we know it, he has shown that bucking trends and the political norms can spark something in people to get out and vote.
This is a hugely important turn of events because this could lead to the largest voter turn out nationally in decades too. Indiana might just be the jumping off point.
More Indiana residents have cast their votes early for the state’s primary election than any of the previous nomination contests during the same time period in at least two decades.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s Election Division reported Thursday that more than 157,000 early votes had been cast between April 5 and Wednesday. That’s nearly 30,000 more for the same period for the 2008 primary, the last one without a presidential incumbent.
Observers have credited the increased turnout to the hotly contested presidential primaries from both Democrats and Republicans.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, while the Republican nod pits business giant Donald Trump against Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Republicans also will choose nominees for an open U.S. Senate seat and two congressional seats.
This week is the last full week of campaigning, and candidates, mostly Republicans, have been crisscrossing the state in last-ditch efforts to win support before Tuesday.
“Typically by the time Indiana rolls around, it’s a done deal,” said Dr. Robert Dion, chairman of the University of Evansville’s Department of Political Science. “It’s unusual and gives us the chance to have our moment in the sun.”
You can thank Trump for this. You may deny it. You may not even like it. But you cannot ignore the fact that Trump is a game changing candidate and is making people get up and get out there. We love it.
(Source: Kokomo Tribune)