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Indiana Governor

Candidates

Mitch Daniels*

Mitch Daniels* (R)*

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Jill Long Thompson

Jill Long Thompson (D)

Bio | Campaign Site

Indiana Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Leans GOP

Presidential Race: Obama (D) vs. McCain (R)
Governor Race: Thompson (D) vs. Daniels (R)*

Key 2006 State Races:
IN-2 | IN-7 | IN-8 | IN-9

Polling Data

PollDateSampleDaniels (R)Thompson (D)Spread
Final Results----57.840.1Daniels +17.7
RCP Average10/23 - 10/30--55.836.3Daniels +19.5
Downs Center/SUSA10/27 - 10/30900 LV5538Daniels +17
Indy Star/Selzer10/26 - 10/28606 LV5436Daniels +18
Research 200010/23 - 10/25600 LV5341Daniels +12
Howey-Gauge10/23 - 10/24600 LV6130Daniels +31

All Indiana Governor Polling Data

Race Summary

Former Rep. Jill Long Thompson faces an uphill battle against incumbent Gov. Mitch Daniels. Long Thompson faced an expensive and competitive primary, defeating Indianapolis architect Jim Schellinger by less than a point.

Daniels opened the general election campaign with a 10-1 cash advantage and favorable approval ratings, though not as high as some other governors running for re-election. Long Thompson has been endorsed by several labor unions, as well as EMILY's List, both of which should provide her with support.

Long Thompson served in Congress from a 1989 special election victory until losing a third bid for re-election in 1994. Most recently, Long Thompson lost a 2002 open House seat race to Chris Chocola.

Demographics

Population (2007 est.): 6,345,289 
Registered Voters: No party registration
Occupation: Blue Collar 31.4% | White Collar 54.0% | Gray Collar 14.6%
Race: White 85.8% | Black 8.3 % | Hispanic 3.5% | Asian 1.0%

Previous Election Results

Governor
2004: Daniels 53, Kernan 45
2000: O'Bannon 57, McIntosh 42

President
2004: Bush 60, Kerry 39
2000: Bush 57, Gore 41
1996: Dole 47, Clinton 42

Polling Data

PollDateSampleDaniels (R)Thompson (D)Spread
Final Results----57.840.1Daniels +17.7
RCP Average10/23 - 10/30--55.836.3Daniels +19.5
PPP (D)10/31 - 11/22634 LV6037Daniels +23
Downs Center/SUSA10/27 - 10/30900 LV5538Daniels +17
Indy Star/Selzer10/26 - 10/28606 LV5436Daniels +18
Research 200010/23 - 10/25600 LV5341Daniels +12
Howey-Gauge10/23 - 10/24600 LV6130Daniels +31
PPP (D)10/18 - 10/191411 LV5736Daniels +21
Research 20009/29 - 10/3800 LV4945Daniels +4
Research 20009/28 - 9/30600 LV4746Daniels +1
SurveyUSA9/28 - 9/29687 LV5337Daniels +16
Rasmussen9/17 - 9/18500 LV5640Daniels +16
Indy Star/Selzer9/14 - 9/16600 LV4642Daniels +4
Howey-Gauge8/30 - 9/2500 LV5335Daniels +18
SurveyUSA8/16 - 8/18645 LV5238Daniels +14
SurveyUSA6/21 - 6/23627 LV5045Daniels +5
SurveyUSA6/10 - 6/12452 RV4949Tie
Indiana Legislative Insight5/27 - 6/1601 RV5135Daniels +16
Howey-Gauge4/23 - 4/24600 LV5536Daniels +19
Research 20004/21 - 4/24600 LV4545Tie

All Commentary & News Stories

- Governor's Race a Litmus Test for Change - AP

- Daniels Leads Fundraising - Indianapolis Star