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Election 2008: Indiana Governor
Indiana Governor: Daniels Enjoys Solid Lead Over Challenger

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) has a safe lead over challenger Jill Long Thompson in his bid for re-election this November. The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of this race finds the incumbent ahead 56% to 40%.

Daniels is currently seeking his second term as governor. Thompson, who is the first woman in state history to be nominated for Governor by a major party, served under President Clinton as Under Secretary for Rural Economic and Community Development during his second term in office.

The latest numbers show Daniels with a 60% to 33% among unaffiliated voters in Indiana. He leads 58% to 39% among men and 54% to 41% among women.

The Governor is viewed favorably by 62% of voters and unfavorably by 35%. He also earns good or excellent job approval ratings from 55% of voters. One in five voters (20%) say Daniels is doing a poor job as governor.

Thompson’s ratings are 46% favorable, 41% unfavorable.

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The latest numbers from Indiana’s presidential election show a very close race between John McCain and Barack Obama.

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Indiana Governor Safe Republican

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports September 17-18, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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