Outside Events, Inside Efforts Shape Indiana U.S. House Race
Civic unrest in Missouri and a protest movement that began in North Carolina may impact a close Congressional race in Indiana, one in which ADA is poised to play a central role through targeted campaigning. This summer’s unsettling events in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson have found an echo in tense relations between police and the black community of Elkhart, a city in Indiana’s 2nd congressional district. Meanwhile, the NAACP’s Moral Mondays protest, begun in North Carolina against extremist state policies, is coming to the Hoosier State. How these events influence African-American turnout in North Central Indiana will help decide the race to unseat Tea Party Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, considered one of the couple dozen most vulnerable GOP incumbents in the country. Also key to the campaign’s outcome is Indiana ADA’s plan to distribute 5,000 flyers comparing Walorski’s reactionary positions on key issues with the progressive stance of her opponent, Democrat Joe Bock.