GOP Says Indiana Could Be Key After Super Tuesday Vote

The Indiana GOP says it does not think the outcomes of Super Tuesday will affect its own presidential primary on May 8.

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No matter which Republican presidential candidate wins the most delegates Tuesday, Indiana's GOP says the state could still be influential in choosing the nominee.

Indiana Republican Party officials say they will monitor the outcome of Super Tuesday elections, but they do not expect them to change the weight of the Hoosier State’s primary on May 8.

Party spokesman Pete Seat says with many states still awarding convention delegates to all candidates based on the percentage of the popular vote they earn, it is harder for any one person to lock up the nomination early. That, he says, gives greater weight to primary elections later in the year.

“Indiana could potentially be one of the states that crowns our nominee come May 8th,” Seat says.

But Indiana University political science professor Margie Hershey says that’s a double-edged sword for party leaders, who must advocate for voter turnout but must also listen to the Indiana Republicans with the most clout.

“They are not primarily cheerleaders for democracy overall,” Hershey says. “What their job is, is to make sure that their state party’s interests are listened to. And that state party’s interests include the state party leaders, the state party activists – those who are most loyal to the party.”

Hershey says if parties – state Democrats four years ago and the Indiana GOP this year — suggest too many people on the fringes of the political process have a voice, they run the risk of losing their influence.

“The best way to do that is not to encourage lots of marginal Republicans and non-Republicans to come out and have a voice in the party’s candidate,” she says.

She notes it is possible for Hoosiers of all political affiliations to cast GOP primary ballots and affect races run by a party to which they do not belong, adding voter turnout may be more important to the Senate race between incumbent Senator Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock than to the presidential candidates.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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  • Rebecca Wyatt

    It needs to be made clear that Romney is a Christian, that he believes Jesus is his personal savior.  A great many citizens think Mormons believe that Jesus was simply another prophet.  This is the main reason Santorum is getting many of the Christian votes.

  • Rebecca Wyatt

    It needs to be made clear that Romney is a Christian, that he believes Jesus is his personal savior.  A great many citizens think Mormons believe that Jesus was simply another prophet.  This is the main reason Santorum is getting many of the Christian votes.

  • Rebecca Wyatt

    It needs to be made clear that Romney is a Christian, that he believes Jesus is his personal savior.  A great many citizens think Mormons believe that Jesus was simply another prophet.  This is the main reason Santorum is getting many of the Christian votes.

  • Rebecca Wyatt

    It needs to be made clear that Romney is a Christian, that he believes Jesus is his personal savior.  A great many citizens think Mormons believe that Jesus was simply another prophet.  This is the main reason Santorum is getting many of the Christian votes.

  • Bjwools

    Hello Hershey, anybody home there? Here’s a news flash for you…….they are allready starting to loose their influence. There are a lot of Hosiers that feel the time is right to clean the “old line” deadwood out and put those in that actually work for the people.

  • Bjwools

    Hello Hershey, anybody home there? Here’s a news flash for you…….they are allready starting to loose their influence. There are a lot of Hosiers that feel the time is right to clean the “old line” deadwood out and put those in that actually work for the people.

  • Bjwools

    Hello Hershey, anybody home there? Here’s a news flash for you…….they are allready starting to loose their influence. There are a lot of Hosiers that feel the time is right to clean the “old line” deadwood out and put those in that actually work for the people.

  • Bjwools

    Hello Hershey, anybody home there? Here’s a news flash for you…….they are allready starting to loose their influence. There are a lot of Hosiers that feel the time is right to clean the “old line” deadwood out and put those in that actually work for the people.

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