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Two competitive statewide primaries on the ballot: GOP governor and Democratic U.S. Senate

A group of lawn signs outside a polling place. The most prominent sign reads "Official Voter Center" along with the hours it's open.
Lauren Chapman
IPB News
The race for the Republican nomination for Indiana governor is the state's first competitive gubernatorial primary in two decades.

Indiana voters will decide two competitive statewide primary races today — including the most expensive primary in state history.

Six Republicans are vying for the nomination to replace term-limited Gov. Eric Holcomb and have spent a combined total of around $40 million.

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) has long been considered the frontrunner. But his competition includes Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, former state commerce secretary Brad Chambers, Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden, former state Attorney General Curtis Hill and religious conservative Jamie Reitenour.

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Braun’s run for governor has opened up his Senate seat. And there are two Democrats hoping to flip it: former state lawmaker and retired lobbyist Marc Carmichael and Dr. Valerie McCray, a clinical psychologist.

The Democratic gubernatorial primary and Republican U.S. Senate primary are both uncontested — former state schools chief Jennifer McCormick and U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will be their party’s nominees, respectively.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.