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banner Friday, 7 January, 2000, 17:49 GMT
Indiana

In the last 50 years Indiana has voted Democratic just once in a presidential election, in 1964.

Key facts
Population: 5,840,528 (ranked 14 among states)
Governor: Frank L O'Bannon (D)
Electoral College votes: 12
This is despite the high number of jobs in manufacturing and the strong unions in the north of the state. It is part of Indiana's unique cultural identity. Although it lies geographically in the mid-west among a number of swing states, it is culturally conservative with strong Republican traditions.

1998 Congress
House of Representatives: 4 Democrats, 6 Republicans
Senate: 1 Democrat, 1 Republican
In recent years there has been some innovative state government, especially in Indianapolis where Mayor Stephen Goldsmith has privatised public services, slashing taxes by $240m and cutting the public workforce by a third.

Voting record
1996: Dole 47%, Clinton 42%, Perot 11%
1992: Bush 43%, Clinton 37%, Perot 20%
1988: Bush 60%, Dukakis 40%
Long associated with heavy manufacturing industry, Indiana is home to the USA's largest steel industry, on the south shore of Lake Michigan. More people are employed in manufacturing in Indiana than in any other US state, producing the most lifts, engines, mobile homes and trucks in the country. There is also strong growth in new high-skilled technologies.

Indiana is most famous for the motor racing event Indianapolis 500 that attracts 350,000 spectators to the city each May.

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