Georgia was as red a state as Indiana currently is. It took Stacey Abrams a decade of candidate recruitment, an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, and the creation of Fair Fight Action set up to battle vote suppression for Democrats to put the state in the Joe Biden Electoral College column last November, as well as win two U.S. Senate seats.

New Indiana Democratic Chairman Mike Schmuhl faces a similar challenge. Last year, Schmuhl managed a $100 million presidential bid and helped Pete Buttigieg win the Iowa caucus. Two months ago, he took the helm of the woebegone Indiana Democratic Party, which hasn’t won a statewide race since 2012 (though Barack Obama carried the state’s 11 Electoral College votes in 2008).

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook or Twitter


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