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Indiana governor’s race: IU experts available to comment

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The field of candidates vying to be Indiana governor continues to grow after U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch officially announced their candidacies for the office Dec. 12. Current Gov. Eric Holcomb is not eligible to run again in 2024 due to term limits.

Braun’s gubernatorial candidacy will open up the U.S. Senate seat he won in 2018 after defeating incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly. Republican Rep. Jim Banks said in a statement he is strongly considering running for the open Senate seat.

Indiana University political science experts are available to comment on the governor’s race and what it could mean for the state and national political landscape.

For more information, contact Barbara Brosher at bbrosher@iu.edu or 812-855-1175.

Elizabeth Bennion
IU South Bend

Elizabeth Bennion

Department of Political Science
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Elizabeth Bennion is Chancellor’s Professor of political science at IU South Bend. She is the founding director of IU South Bend’s American Democracy Project, president of the Indiana Debate Commission, and host of “Politically Speaking,” a weekly TV program on WNIT Public Television. 

Expertise

Politics, American politics, campaigns, elections, voter turnout, political behavior, race and gender politics, civic education, civic engagement, the youth vote, Indiana state politics, Indiana General Assembly.

Aaron Dusso
IUPUI

Aaron Dusso

Department of Political Science, School of Liberal Arts

Aaron Dusso is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at IUPUI. He can speak about political aspects of the conversation around the national debt. 

Expertise

U.S. politics, voting and elections, public opinion, lobbying.

Marjorie Hershey
IU Bloomington

Marjorie Hershey

Political Science

Marjorie Hershey has written extensively on political parties and campaigns, including the ways in which media interpret election results. She has written four books (one in its 17th edition) and several dozen articles in professional journals. Her most recent work is on party activists and also on media coverage of the Trump campaign and presidency.

Expertise

Elections, political party organizations, party identification, media coverage of elections, campaign finance.

Media

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