Listen Live

STATEWIDE — State Republicans are not shying away from planning ahead as we exit a highly mercurial election season in 2020.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupher tells Indy Politics says they are planning to deep dive into how they can regain a foothold in the very blue districts of Marion County.

“Obviously the numbers in Marion County have not been strong for Republicans for quite a while,” he said. “We’ve been doing some specific, targeted efforts to improve that, but we’ve also got to get more involved in diverse communities.”

As Republicans have a super-majority in the state legislature, Democrats have a super-majority on the Indianapolis City-County Council. Hupher said with little room to grow in the statehouse they plan to keep up efforts to retain their foothold there while starting to figure out how to appeal to voters on the local level.

“The mayor and the Democrat party in Marion County is not at the level of popularity they were on election day in 2019,” Hupher said. “There’s been a lot of question about the leadership of the mayor, the leadership of Vop Osili on the council.”

Hogsett won reelection in a landslide victory over Republican challenger Jim Merritt in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Looking further ahead, Hupher said that lately, U.S. Senate races have been costing a lot of money around the country. With that in mind, he said they are already beginning efforts to lay the groundwork for Sen. Todd Young’s likely re-election bid in 2022.

“I think it’s highly likely that we don’t get out of 2021 before the U.S. Senate race begins,” said Hupher. “Todd Young is certainly well-positioned for a re-election bid.”

As for even further down the road in 2024, Hupher said at this juncture they are unsure who will be their candidate for governor will be in the next election since Gov. Holcomb’s eligibility to be governor will expire after his second-term.