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The 2004 Indiana gubernatorial election took place on 2 November 2004 for the post of Governor of Indiana. The incumbent Governor, Democrat Joe Kernan, was defeated by Republican Mitch Daniels. Daniel's victory was the first time the Republican Party had held the Governor's office for 16 years and gave the party control of all the important statewide offices. It was also the first time an incumbent governor had been defeated for re-election since the Constitution of Indiana was amended in 1972 to permit governors to serve two consecutive terms.

Primaries

Republican

Republican candidate Mitch Daniels
Former White Housemarker budget director Mitch Daniels easily defeated conservative activist Eric Miller in the Republican primary on the 4 May. The Republican candidate for Governor in 2000, David M. McIntosh, had earlier dropped out of the race after President George W. Bush gave his support to Daniels. Daniels had quit as White House budget director in 2003 so he could return to Indiana and run for Governor. President Bush came to South Bend, Indianamarker before the primary to support Daniels and the Presidents term for Daniels "My Man Mitch" became his campaign slogan.

Candidate # of votes % of votes
Mitch Daniels 284,446 66.3
Eric Miller 144,904 33.7


Democratic

Frank O'Bannon had been re-elected governor of Indianamarker in 2000 and was prevented from running for Governor again by term limits. His Lieutenant Governor Joe Kernan in December 2002 said that he would not be a candidate for Governor. State Senator Vi Simpson and Joe Andrew then vied for nomination for the next ten months. However in September 2003 Frank O'Bannon had a stroke and died, resulting in Joe Kernan taking over as Governor. Kernan decided two months later that he would run for Governor in 2004 and was unopposed in the Democratic primary after both Simpson and Andrew dropped out.

General Election

Campaign

Daniels campaigned by travelling throughout Indiana in his RV visiting all 92 Indiana counties at least three times. Kernan fell behind in the polls in May 2004 and never caught up, despite closing the gap in September after attacking Daniels plan to sell an Indiana utility to an out of state firm. The economy of Indiana was a major issue in the campaign with Kernan, as incumbent, facing pressure over the states budget troubles.

All three candidates took part in two debates during the campaign. The first was held on 28 September at Franklin Collegemarker with the candidates clashing over the state's economy, prescription drugs and the extension of Interstate 69 from Indianapolismarker to Evansvillemarker. The second debate was held on October 17 where negative campaigning was the major issue.

Between Daniels and Kernan the two candidates raised over 28 million dollars, easily surpassing the previous record set in 2000 of 19.2 million dollars.

Statewide Results

County Results

Kernan won 17 of Indiana's counties compared to 73 for Daniels. The candidates finish tied in 2 counties.

County Daniels Votes Kernan Votes Gividen Votes Total
Adamsmarker 62.9% 8,350 36.3% 4,816 0.7% 99 13,265
Allenmarker 57.2% 73,689 41.9% 53,899 0.9% 1,183 128,771
Bartholomewmarker 59.4% 16,858 38.8% 11,008 1.8% 519 28,385
Bentonmarker 60.8% 2,432 37.2% 1,498 1.7% 69 3,999
Blackfordmarker 51.2% 2,741 47.9% 2,567 0.9% 46 5,354
Boonemarker 70.9% 16,189 27.3% 6,326 1.3% 305 22,820
Brownmarker 55.0% 4,010 42.8% 3,118 2.2% 164 7,292
Carrollmarker 59.2% 5,090 39.4% 3,387 1.3% 115 8,592
Cassmarker 56.9% 7,946 41.6% 5,808 1.6% 221 13,975
Clarkmarker 49.0% 20,471 50.2% 20,964 0.9% 360 41,795
Claymarker 54.3% 5,724 44.3% 4,677 1.4% 148 10,549
Clintonmarker 63.8% 7,537 35.0% 4,129 1.3% 148 11,814
Crawfordmarker 49.3% 2,231 49.3% 2,231 1.4% 60 4,522
Daviessmarker 59.5% 6,223 38.7% 4,049 1.8% 183 10,455
Dearbornmarker 61.3% 12,514 37.2% 7,573 1.5% 297 20,384
Decaturmarker 63.4% 6,355 35.2% 3,524 1.4% 140 10,019
DeKalbmarker 59.8% 9,242 39.0% 6,012 1.2% 181 15,435
Delawaremarker 48.0% 22,917 50.6% 24,132 1.4% 663 47,712
Duboismarker 57.1% 9,385 41.9% 6,871 1.0% 169 16,425
Elkhartmarker 62.7% 38,430 36.5% 22,406 0.8% 503 61,339
Fayettemarker 53.4% 4,981 45.3% 4,224 1.3% 121 9,326
Floydmarker 50.1% 16,869 49.1% 16,503 0.8% 279 33,651
Fountainmarker 61.6% 4,786 37.1% 2,878 1.3% 101 7,765
Franklinmarker 59.4% 5,822 39.4% 3,862 1.2% 114 9,798
Fultonmarker 58.4% 5,103 40.3% 3,513 1.3% 110 8,726
Gibsonmarker 50.1% 7,289 48.1% 7,101 1.1% 166 14,556
Grantmarker 57.2% 15,543 41.8% 11,376 1.0% 275 27,194
Greenemarker 51.7% 6,791 46.7% 6,123 1.6% 213 13,127
Hamiltonmarker 73.0% 76,433 26.1% 27,316 0.9% 920 104,669
Hancockmarker 67.4% 18,825 31.3% 8,746 1.3% 359 27,930
Harrisonmarker 53.7% 9,242 45.3% 7,809 1.0% 171 17,222
Hendricksmarker 68.6% 35,761 30.2% 15,691 1.2% 641 52,093
Henrymarker 56.0% 11,408 42.6% 8,674 1.4% 289 20,371
Howardmarker 53.7% 19,885 45.2% 16,742 1.1% 415 37,042
Huntingtonmarker 67.1% 10,484 31.7% 4,953 1.2% 183 15,620
Jacksonmarker 58.8% 9,587 40.0% 6,527 1.2% 191 16,305
Jaspermarker 58.2% 6,781 40.4% 4,701 1.4% 167 11,649
Jaymarker 56.2% 4,537 42.8% 3,453 1.0% 80 8,070
Jeffersonmarker 51.1% 6,542 47.7% 6,109 1.2% 150 12,801
Jenningsmarker 55.4% 5,806 42.8% 4,482 1.8% 190 10,478
Johnsonmarker 66.9% 34,269 31.7% 16,253 1.4% 701 51,223
Knoxmarker 48.5% 7,569 50.0% 7,797 1.5% 228 15,594
Kosciuskomarker 71.0% 20,047 27.9% 7,885 1.1% 316 28,248
LaGrangemarker 63.2% 5,748 35.2% 3,171 1.1% 97 9,016
Lakemarker 33.7% 61,720 64.9% 118,697 1.4% 2,617 183,034
LaPorte 38.5% 16,234 59.4% 25,049 2.1% 881 42,164
Lawrencemarker 65.0% 11,480 33.5% 5,904 1.5% 257 17,641
Madisonmarker 51.4% 28,142 47.5% 25,972 1.1% 623 54,737
Marionmarker 46.5% 148,825 52.3% 167,097 1.2% 3,895 319,817
Marshallmarker 60.6% 10,745 38.2% 6,756 1.2% 204 17,705
Martinmarker 53.7% 2,664 44.4% 2,205 1.9% 94 4,963
Miamimarker 60.9% 8,155 37.8% 5,062 1.3% 179 13,396
Monroemarker 44.5% 22,031 53.1% 26,317 2.4% 1,192 49,540
Montgomerymarker 66.2% 9,639 32.4% 4,711 1.4% 199 14,549
Morganmarker 64.6% 16,716 33.8% 8,740 1.6% 424 25,880
Newtonmarker 54.5% 3,164 43.6% 2,531 1.9% 111 5,806
Noblemarker 61.3% 9,570 37.6% 5,863 1.1% 176 15,609
Ohiomarker 52.5% 1,512 46.1% 1,328 1.4% 41 2,881
Orangemarker 56.4% 4,818 42.4% 3,621 1.3% 109 8,548
Owenmarker 55.0% 4,179 42.7% 3,249 2.3% 176 7,604
Parkemarker 53.8% 3,745 44.6% 3,101 1.6% 108 6,954
Perrymarker 43.0% 3,559 56.2% 4,640 0.8% 64 8,263
Pikemarker 41.1% 2,517 57.3% 3,510 1.6% 99 6,126
Portermarker 43.2% 27,565 55.1% 35,206 1.7% 1,108 63,879
Poseymarker 52.6% 6,252 46.5% 5,525 0.9% 109 11,886
Pulaskimarker 57.8% 3,185 41.1% 2,267 1.1% 61 5,513
Putnammarker 60.8% 8,002 37.8% 4,984 1.4% 185 13,171
Randolphmarker 56.8% 6,274 41.9% 4,628 1.3% 146 11,048
Ripleymarker 59.1% 6,925 39.6% 4,635 1.3% 151 11,711
Rushmarker 61.9% 4,529 36.6% 2,676 1.6% 116 7,321
Saint Joseph 45.3% 49,198 53.8% 58,327 0.9% 1,000 108,525
Scottmarker 44.7% 3,862 54.3% 4,681 1.0% 90 8,633
Shelbymarker 61.9% 9,862 36.9% 5,885 1.2% 194 15,941
Spencermarker 52.3% 5,183 46.5% 4,612 1.2% 114 9,909
Starkemarker 46.6% 4,024 52.2% 4,539 1.5% 131 8,694
Steubenmarker 60.2% 7,684 38.5% 4,915 1.3% 165 12,764
Sullivanmarker 44.2% 3,687 54.4% 4,530 1.4% 116 8,333
Switzerlandmarker 49.3% 1,780 49.3% 1,780 1.4% 48 3,608
Tippecanoemarker 54.9% 28,458 43.4% 22,504 1.7% 865 51,827
Tiptonmarker 60.5% 4,729 38.1% 2,973 1.4% 108 7,810
Unionmarker 61.5% 2,040 36.7% 1,217 1.8% 59 3,316
Vanderburghmarker 48.9% 34,129 49.9% 34,819 1.2% 863 69,811
Vermillionmarker 39.5% 2,769 58.8% 4,121 1.7% 118 7,008
Vigomarker 42.4% 16,804 55.6% 22,054 2.0% 806 39,664
Wabashmarker 64.9% 8,691 34.1% 4,569 1.0% 134 13,394
Warrenmarker 56.0% 2,214 42.5% 1,679 1.5% 58 3,951
Warrickmarker 53.8% 13,877 45.2% 11,678 1.0% 262 25,817
Washingtonmarker 59.2% 6,419 39.6% 4,297 1.2% 134 10,850
Waynemarker 52.5% 14,530 45.4% 12,565 2.1% 595 27,690
Wellsmarker 66.4% 8,071 32.7% 3,979 0.9% 113 12,163
Whitemarker 57.5% 5,980 40.9% 4,260 1.6% 167 10,407
Whitleymarker 62.9% 8,332 36.0% 4,758 1.1% 149 13,239


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