Pandemic having an impact on the race for Indiana Governor

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly had an impact on the race for governor in Indiana.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking another term as governor as he has accepted the Republican nomination. State Democrats are putting forth Dr. Woody Myers, former Indiana state health commissioner, to challenge Holcomb.

With exactly three months to go until Hoosiers go to the polls on Nov. 3, Purdue University-Fort Wayne political scientist Andy Downs believes Gov. Eric Holcomb has all the momentum on his side.

“The governor has more than enough cash to run a campaign, a very good campaign, in Indiana,” Downs told Indy Politics. “Woody Myers is struggling to raise that cash, and he really has not broken through with his message about how he would do things differently during the pandemic.”

Downs said Holcomb’s clear showing of unity within his administration on how to handle the spread of coronavirus in Indiana gives him a leg up with voters, especially with his weekly updates on the pandemic.

“It’s clear he’s in control of those events,” added Downs. “He differs to experts when appropriate. The experts are in line with what he is trying to do and the plan he has put forward so you don’t see infighting so to speak.”

Downs feels the governor’s handling of the pandemic has been “well received,” but he does acknowledge the push back Holcomb has gotten from conservative voters over his statewide mask mandate. Downs said though Holcomb may lose a few voters because of it, he doesn’t feel very many conservative Hoosiers will be willing to vote for the Democratic alternative in Myers.

The Libertarian candidate for governor is Donald Rainwater.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Vote Rainwater.

    No difference between R and D platforms. Both want to shut down your businesses and keep a mask on your face.

  2. I’m voting for Rainwater. Holcomb has been a nightmare for Hoosiers and has corrupted the Republican Party in Indiana. Why does Holcomb hold court with China while making it more difficult for Hoosier small businesses? Why does Holcomb refuse to listen to the majority of Hoosiers on issues? Why did Holcomb use tactics to make sure Hoosier Republicans didn’t have a choice in the Republican Primary for Governor? Why didn’t Holcomb call for an emergency session of the General Assembly during this emergency? Why has the opioid crisis only gotten worse in Indiana under Governor Holcomb? We need someone to uphold Hoosiers interests…not his own. Rainwater for Indiana…we’ve been too long under oppression.

  3. I’m voting for Rainwater , what he has done to the State is disgusting. He lets that crazy mayor do what he wants and all the rioting and businesses closing it’s a shame what he let happen .

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