3 GOP gubernatorial candidates from Indiana all have millions in the bank

INDIANAPOLIS — The three Republicans who have been campaigning for Indiana’s 2024 governor election all say they ended December with about $3 million in the bank.

The campaign of Lt. gov. Suzanne Crouch said Friday she had $3.1 million in cash for her bid to succeed Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who is unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

The gubernatorial campaigns of US Senator Mike Braun and Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden announced similar bank deposits on Tuesday. Braun, who is not seeking re-election in the Senate next year, said he has $2.9 million, while Doden said he has $2.8 million.

Those totals signal a potentially expensive 2024 Republican nomination primary as the GOP seeks to extend its 20-year tenure as governor. But state law bans candidates from raising funds for campaigns once this year’s legislative session begins Monday until it is adjourned at the end of April.

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No Democrats have announced a 2024 gubernatorial campaign, although a former state schools superintendent, Jennifer McCormick, has said she is considering running. McCormick won election to that office as a Republican in 2016, but has since switched parties after disputes with GOP Statehouse leaders over education policy.

Complete campaign-funded reports must be filed with the State Election Division by Jan. 18.