With Supreme Court vacancy, social issues gain importance in Indiana gubernatorial race

With Supreme Court vacancy, social issues gain importance in Indiana gubernatorial race

Hoosiers concerned about social issues have a rare distinct choice in the Indiana gubernatorial race. Dr. Woody Myers, the Democratic nominee, has eschewed his party’s time-honored playbook of running as a socially conservative Democrat and is pushing for abortion rights, stricter gun control measures and LGBTQ+ equality. Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, is running as the more traditional Hoosier politician. He has signed several bills regulating abortion and has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association after largely expanding gun rights. Holcomb also has been a leader within his party on LGBTQ+ equality, pushing for a comprehensive hate crimes law, though advocates wish he would do more. How Myers’ approach will play out in red-leaning Indiana is difficult to say. The self-described "gun-totin’, Bible-quotin’" John Gregg largely ran as a social conservative in the past two gubernatorial elections and lost. So too did socially conservative Senate hopefuls Evan Bayh in 2016 and Joe Donnelly in 2018. Myers’ biggest problem, pundits say, is an outmatched campaign that is down roughly 10-1 in fundraising . But if Myers can find a way to get the word out, he might win over some voters who sometimes feel left out in Indiana. "I do think this is an interesting strategy and a smart one for Myers,” said Laura Merrifield Wilson, assistant professor of political science at the University of Indianapolis. “While it won’t be the make-or-break issue of the race, it does show that Myers is his own candidate, and it gives those […]

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