Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

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The Indiana gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012, following a primary that was held on May 8, 2012. The governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a single ticket in the general election.

Indiana's current governor, Mitch Daniels (R), was prevented by term limits from seeking another term in office. Two Republican candidates - Congressman Mike Pence and Fishers businessman Jim Wallace - submitted signatures and filed to run for their party's nomination. But on February 24, 2012, the Indiana Election Commission voted 3-1 to remove Wallace from the May 8 primary ballot. In order to qualify for the ballot, a candidate needed 500 signatures from each of the state's congressional districts. Wallace fell 14 signatures short of that figure, despite having submitted 1,282 signatures. The Marion County Board of Voter Registration rejected 62% of those signatures leaving Wallace with just 486 signatures from the district.[1][2]

On the other side of the aisle, former state House speaker John Gregg ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Pence, along with business owner and former star of the reality TV show Survivor Rupert Boneham (L) in the general election in November.

Though candidates for governor are elected via primary elections, the two major parties conduct state conventions to confirm candidates for lieutenant governor.[3] Each of the candidates announced their running mates on May 22,[4] so the party nominating conventions were mere formalities for the lieutenant governor seat. The Republican Party state convention took place on June 9 and the Democratic Party state convention was June 16.


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Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Former candidates

  • Jim Wallace, a former Hamilton County Commissioner, filed to run for the Republican nomination but was removed from the ballot on February 24, 2012 by the Indiana Election Commission for failing to gather the requisite 500 valid signatures from each of the state's Congressional districts[5][6]
  • Jonathan Weinzapfel, the Mayor of Evansville, declared his candidacy but announced he was leaving the race on February 19, 2011.
  • Thomas Lenfert, a landscape contractor from Georgetown, Indiana, had declared his intention to run but did not gather enough signatures to qualify for candidacy

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

Governor of Indiana Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence 100% 554,412
Total Votes 554,412
Election Results Via:Indiana Secretary of State.


Governor of Indiana Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Gregg 100% 207,365
Total Votes 207,365
Election Results Via:Indiana Secretary of State.


See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2012 Race Rankings - Indiana Governor
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[7] Likely Republican
Governing Politics[8] Likely Republican
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[9] Likely Republican
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[10] No prediction yet
The Rothenberg Political Report[11] Lean Republican
Overall Call Republican

With Rupert Boneham (Libertarian)

Governor of Indiana
Poll Mike Pence John GreggRupert BonehamMargin of ErrorSample Size
Howey/DePauw
March 26-28, 2012
44%31%5%+/-4.5503
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
August 6-9, 2012
50%32%3%+/-4.0600
AVERAGES 47% 31.5% 4% +/-4.25 551.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Without Rupert Boneham (Libertarian)

Governor of Indiana
Poll Mike Pence John GreggUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Howey/DePauw
September 19-23, 2012
47%34%16%+/-3.5800
Clarity Campaign Labs
October 24-26, 2012
47%44%9%+/-3.36825
AVERAGES 47% 39% 12.5% +/-3.43 812.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

First debate

The first debate in the race for Indiana governor took place on October 10, 2012. Major issues of the night included the economy, education, crime, right to work, and "Obamacare."

As for the economy, Gregg said he would like to see wind turbines in northern Indiana be made in the state, while Boneham suggested lowering business taxes to attract more companies. Pence, in his proposed "Road Map for Indiana," put forth an across-the-board personal income tax cut of 10 percent.[12]

Second debate

The three candidates met at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend for their second debate on October 17, 2012. Gregg came out swinging, saying he took "great offense" at Pence's proposals to promote traditional families, which Gregg said ignored single parent families.

"He's got a program he wants to focus on families, but it's only a mom and dad family — married couples. You know, I'm a single parent too, and I take great offense that his family plan doesn't consider me and my boys a family. Maybe he doesn't think you and your kids are a family either," Gregg stated.[13]

Gregg talked up his record, saying he had balanced the state budget when he was speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, while Pence voted for congressional budgets that increased the national debt.[13]

Third debate

The third and final debate was held in Fort Wayne on October 25.[14] As in the previous dates, Gregg continued to go after Pence, leading Pence to stray from his previous debate strategy and engage more with Gregg.

Gregg attacked Pence's plan to promote traditional two-parent families, saying, "I'm running for governor, not the state's matchmaker. This stuff about defining families is wrong." He also went after Pence for opposing federal assistance to the auto industry in 2009 but using a Chevy truck to campaign in.[15]

Pence, meanwhile, attacked Gregg for enacting unbalanced state budgets while serving as Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, saying, "We've got to have honestly balanced budgets." Gregg said the budgets were balanced per requirements of the state Constitution and were approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.[15]

Campaign finance is overseen by the Elections Commission within the Elections Division, part of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Key types of reports include:

  • CFA-1 Candidate’s Statement of Organization and Designation of Principal Committee or Exploratory Committee, DUE TWO DAYS AFTER FILING
  • CFA-4 Receipts and Expenditures Report of a Candidate’s Committee, filed three times a year, for the primary, general, and annual reports
  • CFA-11 Supplemental "Large Contribution" Report by a Candidate’s Committee, applicable to donations exceeding $1,000 and due within 48 hours of receipt

Role of Super PACs

While Indiana law sets campaign contributions by corporations at $5,000, a loophole between federal and state election laws allows corporations to work around that limit by contributing to Super PACs. For example, Pence received a $1 million check from RGA Right Direction, which was funded solely by the Republican Governors Association. An Indiana gambling company, which under state law cannot give directly to candidates, contributed to the RGA, which in turn sent the large check to Pence.[16]

Candidates

John Gregg

John Gregg Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarterly Report[17]April 13, 2012$1,241,223.56$584,570.61$(313,746.53)$1,512,047.64
Second Quarterly[18]July 16, 2012$1,512,047.64$1,795,663.31$(452,263.33)$2,855,447.62
Third Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$2,855,447.62$1,003,815.23$(3,360,338.85)$498,924.00
Running totals
$3,384,049.15$(4,126,348.71)

Mike Pence

Mike Pence Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarterly Report[20]April 16, 2012$3,698,878.95$1,801,837.02$(570,868.54)$4,929,847.43
Second Quarterly[21]July 16, 2012$4,929,847.43$3,040,033.71$(2,424,346.05)$5,545,535.09
Third Quarterly[22]October 15, 2012$5,545,535.09$2,900,634.22$(6,634,752.53)$1,811,416.78
Running totals
$7,742,504.95$(9,629,967.12)

Rupert Boneham

Rupert Boneham Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First Quarterly Report[23]April 15, 2012$4,527.71$14,080.43$(13,146.14)$4,000.00
Second Quarterly[24]July 16, 2012$5,462.00$16,987.87$(20,377.41)$2,072.46
Third Quarterly[25]October 15, 2012$2,072.46$15,380.58$(15,057.09)$2,395.95
Running totals
$46,448.88$(48,580.64)

Campaign ads

John Gregg
The Pence Plan for Indiana


Mike Pence: Out of State, Out of Touch


Priorities


John Gregg: Hobo


John Gregg: Clip'NCurl


John Gregg: Two Kinds


John Gregg: Rainy Day


John Gregg: Fast Talk

Mike Pence
Service and Sacrifice


Hoosier Heartland


First TV Ad: Mike for Governor

Hoosier Way

Campaign sites

See also

Additional reading

External links

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References

  1. Courier Journal, "Indiana election panel strikes GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace from ballot," February 25, 2012
  2. Indy Star, "GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Wallace removed from Indiana primary ballot, leaving Mike Pence unopposed," February 25, 2012
  3. Indiana Code, IC 3-8-4-1, accessed May 1, 2012
  4. IndyStar.com, "In Indiana, both Republican, Democratic gubernatorial candidates pick female running mates," May 22, 2012
  5. Courier Journal, "Indiana election panel strikes GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace from ballot," February 25, 2012
  6. Indy Star, "GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Wallace removed from Indiana primary ballot, leaving Mike Pence unopposed," February 25, 2012
  7. The Cook Political Report, “Governors: Race Ratings”
  8. Governing Politics, “Looking Ahead: The 2011-2012 Gubernatorial Landscape”, December 2, 2010
  9. Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball', “2012 Governor Ratings”
  10. Rasmussen Reports', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”
  11. Rothenberg Political Report, “Governor Ratings”
  12. Tri-State Homepage, "Candidates For Indiana Governor Face-Off In First Debate," accessed October 10, 2012
  13. 13.0 13.1 WSBT, "UPDATE: Gregg finds foothold in 2nd governor's debate," October 17, 2012
  14. Tristate Homepage, "Indiana Governor Canditates Face Off Again in Second Debate," October 17, 2012
  15. 15.0 15.1 NWI Politics, "Gregg pummels Pence in lively final debate," October 25, 2012
  16. Indianapolis Star, "Big campaign donors can remain a big secret," July 29, 2012
  17. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "John Gregg," accessed April 17, 2012
  18. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division," "John Gregg," July 16, 2012
  19. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division," "John Gregg," accessed October 18, 2012
  20. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Mike Pence," accessed April 17,2012
  21. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Mike Pence," July 16, 2012
  22. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Mike Pence," accessed October 18, 2012
  23. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Rupert Boneham," accessed April 17, 2012
  24. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Rupert Boneham," July 16, 2012
  25. Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, "Rupert Boneham," accessed October 18, 2012