Early GOP primaries shaping up as rightward march with Trump

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(Associated Press) Indiana isn’t the only state with a primary election on Tuesday, May 8.

Contests are also taking place in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.

Republicans are engaged in nomination fights that are pulling the party to the right. And that’s leaving some leaders worried their candidates will be out of a step with the broader electorate in the November election.

Trump won the four states in 2016. And that may help explain why GOP candidates are jockeying to be seen as the most conservative, the most anti-Washington and the most loyal to the president.

It’s more evidence of the onetime outsider’s deepening imprint on the Republican Party that he commandeered less than two year ago.

Democrats say the GOP contests help several of their likely nominees who are positioned to reach the middle of the electorate.

Polls in Indiana will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Voters in need of identification can visit an Indiana BMV branch on primary election day.

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