June 18, 2024

Jennifer McCormick, Democrats look to capitalize on Republicans nominating Micah Beckwith

Listen at IPB News

Article origination IPB News
Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McCormick spoke to reporters about Republicans nominating Micah Beckwith as lieutenant governor at a press conference on June 18, 2024. - Brandon Smith / IPB News

Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McCormick spoke to reporters about Republicans nominating Micah Beckwith as lieutenant governor at a press conference on June 18, 2024.

Brandon Smith / IPB News

Indiana Democrats are trying to capitalize on the opportunity they see in the governor’s race after Republicans nominated self-proclaimed Christian nationalist Micah Beckwith for lieutenant governor.

State Democratic leadership said Beckwith’s nomination exposes serious cracks and divisions within the GOP.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jennifer McCormick is a former Republican officeholder. And she said Republicans nominating Micah Beckwith is the kind of thing that made her leave that party.

“We cannot — cannot — turn Indiana over to extremism,” McCormick said.

READ MORE: What does it take to run for Indiana governor?
 

Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana Two-Way. Text "Indiana" to 765-275-1120. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on statewide issues and the election, including our project Civically, Indiana.
 

McCormick faces a huge financial disadvantage in the race against Republican Mike Braun. But she said resources have been coming in more easily since Beckwith got the nod.

“But also, we are very strong in a grassroots coalition,” McCormick said. “So, we are relying on those folks who will go talk to their family and talk to their neighbors.”

McCormick plans to announce her choice for running mate Thursday.

In a statement, the Braun campaign called McCormick a “dishonest progressive” and said Braun and Beckwith have a “vision to make Indiana the most entrepreneurial state and improve the lives of Hoosiers.”
 


 

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Support independent journalism today. You rely on WFYI to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Donate to power our nonprofit reporting today. Give now.

 

Related News

Who is J.D. Vance, the Republican nominee for vice president?
Indiana receives more than $1.2M in federal grant to expand Registered Apprenticeships
Indiana revenues fall short of budget plan in 2024 fiscal year by $136 million