Hoosiers head to polls on Election Day to choose state, national offices

GOP aims to maintain control

INDIANAPOLIS - County election officials are working to make sure Election Day goes as smooth as possible for Hoosiers who will choose Indiana's next governor, senator, state representatives and other offices.

Republican Mike Pence is looking to hold off Democrat John Gregg and extend the GOP's control of the Indiana governor's office.

Pence is looking to succeed Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has held the office for the last eight years. Gregg is a former Indiana House speaker who says he would bring a bipartisan approach to the governor's office.

The GOP also is aiming to strengthen its General Assembly dominance and see Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state schools superintendent Tony Bennett win re-election.

Indiana Republicans are expected to win up and down the ballot this election, but their efforts to deepen the state's red hue could fall short of the sweeping victories they racked up in 2010.

One big exception could be the U.S. Senate battle. A recent poll has Democrat Joe Donnelly leading Republican Richard Mourdock after the latter's comments that a pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to put Indiana back in the Republican column four years after President Barack Obama won the state.

Indiana ballots vary from county to county and sample ballots are available for Hoosiers to review the candidates before they head to the polls. 

For more information about polling places and sample ballots visit www.indianavoters.com

RTV6 will have complete Election Day coverage and the first results at 6 p.m.

A special Election Day edition of RTV6 News begins at 7 p.m.

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