Jill Long Thompson wins Democratic gubernatorial nomination

Jill Long Thompson defeated Indianapolis architect Jim Schellinger by fewer than 10,000 votes in a tight race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

She will face Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in November.

Schellinger had an early fund-raising advantage and backing from some big-name state Democrats, but Long Thompson ultimately had better name recognition.

She will likely head into November's race at a financial disadvantage against the well-funded Daniels, who had no primary opponent.

Party officials hope that voter displeasure with some of the first-term governor's changes will bolster the Democratic nominee.


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