Indiana Republican governor candidates to use debate to appeal to undecided voters

INDIANA – Nexstar Media Group, the parent company of FOX59/CBS4, is hosting the state’s first televised Republican gubernatorial debate at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The one-hour debate will air on FOX59 and CBS4, as well as other Nexstar stations throughout the state, including:

  • Fort Wayne: 7 p.m. on WANE and online
  • Terre Haute: 7 p.m. on WAWV and online
  • Northwest Indiana: 7 p.m. online
  • Evansville: 6 p.m. CST on WEHT and online

The discussion will feature the four gubernatorial candidates who received more than 5% of the vote in a recent Emerson College Polling and The Hill poll.

Those candidates include:

  • U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.)
  • Brad Chambers, the former Indiana Secretary of Commerce
  • Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s lieutenant governor
  • Eric Doden, the former president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Two Republican candidates, Curtis Hill, Indiana’s former attorney general, and Jamie Reitenour, did not poll above 5% in this poll, making them not eligible for Tuesday’s debate.

Jennifer McCormick, the state’s former superintendent of public instruction, will be the only gubernatorial candidate on the 2024 Democratic Primary ballot. 

Of the participants, 43.3% of Hoosier Republicans were undecided on which candidate they would vote for in the May primary.