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Presidential, gubernatorial primaries called

Biden and Trump

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - In what amounted to a mere formality, Indiana voters made their selections in primary contests for president and governor this fall.

There wasn't much suspense.

By the time Hoosiers went to the polls, only one candidate remained in the race for the party nominations in those contests.

With results coming in Tuesday night, incumbent Pres. Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden easily won the state's Republican and Democratic nominating contests, respecively.

Incumbent Gov. Eric Holcomb, a Republican, will face Democratic challenger Woody Myers in November.

ABC21 will not call most races on Tuesday due to the high number of mail-in ballots that will not be counted until later this week.

The presidential and gubernatorial races were predetermined when all major competition dropped out in advance of the election. In many cases, names of those candidates appeared on the ballot, but their support was largely incidental.

Trump and Biden are widely viewed as presumptive nominees for the nation's highest office.

Holcomb -- who is completing his first term in office -- did not receive a significant challenge, while the field for governor on the Democratic side narrowed to one with the withdrawal of State Sen. Eddie Melton and businessman Josh Owens.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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