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Indiana down ballot state executive elections, 2012

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One down ballot state executive position was up for election in the state of Indiana in 2012.

In Indiana, the two major parties conduct state conventions - rather than primary elections - to nominate candidates for superintendent of public instruction.[1] The Republican Party state convention took place on June 9 and the Democratic Party state convention took place on June 16. The general election was held on November 6, 2012.


Incumbent Tony Bennett (R) lost his bid for re-election as Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. He was first elected in 2008 and was serving in his first term. Bennett was nominated as the Republican candidate at the party's convention.[2] The Democrats held their nominating convention one week later, with Carmel teacher Glenda Ritz emerging as her party's choice to run against Bennett in the general election.[3]

November 6 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Glenda Ritz Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Tony Bennett Incumbent

Note: Justin Oakley was running but withdrew prior to the Democratic convention.[4]

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGlenda Ritz 52.8% 1,332,755
     Republican Tony Bennett Incumbent 47.2% 1,190,716
Total Votes 2,523,471
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

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Deadline Event
Feb 10 Candidate filing deadline for major parties
April 9 Voter registration ends
May 8 Primary election
May 22 Voter registration begins
June 9 Republican Party State Convention
June 16 Democratic Party State Convention
July 2 Candidate filing deadline for third parties
Oct 9 Voter registration ends
Nov 6 General election

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