STATEWIDE — Republicans are confident that they can keep their foothold in Indiana, says Indiana state GOP chairman Kyle Hupfer.
As the GOP gears up for a highly anticipated election year in 2022, Hupfer says there is an “interesting dichotomy” at play in the political climate of America at the moment, and he says it all comes back to inflation.
“For those folks who are lower-to-middle class inflationary pressures are a killer in the household income,” Hupfer told Indy Politics. “I think you are going to see those folks vote with their pocketbooks.”
He took that logic to the gas pump as well. With gas prices consistently averaging above $3.00 a gallon throughout Indiana, Hupfer blamed higher gas prices squarely on the Biden Administration. The economic pressures he says people are feeling in Indiana have Republicans confident they can keep a super-majority in the state legislature.
“I think with where we are right now, where the state is, we’re far from ever being concerned about losing super-majorities,” he said. “Could we fluctuate a seat or two? We’ve done that over the last couple of years, but I feel really good that we have the potential to pick up seats.”
Another seat he says Republicans are eying heavily for the 2022 election cycle is the 1st congressional district. Democratic Congressman Frank Mrvan is seeking re-election to that seat, and Hupfer says Republicans intend to “play offense” in that district which includes Lake and Porter Counties.
“That will be an interesting race to watch,” said Hupfer. “In northwest Indiana, the 1st congressional district is in play for the first time. The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is putting dollars into it. They’re already putting adds up.”
Right now, Jennifer Ruth-Green and Tom Madden are listed as GOP candidates who will primary to challenge Mrvan.
Finally, Hupfer says the state GOP plans to be heavily involved in Marion County this time around. Specifically, he says they are eying the race for Marion County prosecutor. Hupfer says between rising crime rates and other recent decisions made he says are unpopular, Hupfer feels they can use the race for prosecutors to gauge what else Republicans might be able to accomplish in the county in 2023.