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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 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. 


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

Aaron Dusso

Department of Political Science, School of Liberal Arts

Aaron Dusso is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He can discuss US elections, voting, and political psychology of electoral behavior.


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. She is available to discuss Ron DeSantis launching his 2024 presidential campaign. 


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


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