Indiana Primary Election Forecast

Tomorrow voters will go to the polls in Indiana to determine who will represent their party.  PoliticIt has applied the It Score algorithm to find out who the likely representatives will be.

The It Score is a measure of a digital influence that correlates with election results (GigaOM).

The score was used in the 2012 election to correctly predict the outcomes of every major federal race with 92% accuracy, and it correctly predicted every race in the most recent Utah conventions.

If a candidate has a higher It Score relative to their opponent then they will likely win.

Scores for candidates running against each other are calculated on a relative basis.  An asterisk next to a candidate’s name indicates that they lack sufficient data to calculate an accurate score.

Methodology for its calculation is contained at this end of this article.

State Treasurer

Republican Race

Candidate It Score
Wayne Seybold 51%
Don Bates* 37%
Kelly Mitchell* 12%

Unfortunately…both Don Bates, and Kelly Mitchell are lacking sufficient data to calculate an accurate score.  The current forecast is predicting a victory for Wayne Seybold, but this forecast isn’t going to be as accurate due to insufficient data.

Congressional District 3

Democratic Race

Candidate It Score
Justin Kuhnle 54%
Tommy Schrader* 27%
Jim Redmond* 19%

Justin Kuhnle is forecasted to win tomorrow…due to insufficient data this race won’t be as accurate.

Congressional District 4

Democratic Race

Candidate It Score
John Dale 44%
John Futrell* 28%
Roger Day* 12%
Jeff Blaydes* 10%
Howard Pollchik* 6%

John Dale is forecasted to win tomorrow.  Due to insufficient data…this election forecast won’t be as accurate.

Congressional District 5

Republican Race

Candidate It Score
Susan Brooks 67%
David Stockdale 23%
Mike Campbell* 10%

Susan Brooks is forecasted to win the Republican nomination.  Her challenger will likely be Lane Siekman, but all of Siekman’s Democratic opponents lack sufficient data to generate an accurate score.

Congressional District 7

Republican Race 

Candidate It Score
J.D. Miniear 31%
Wayne Harmon* 25%
Catherine Ping* 23%
Gordon Smith* 13%
Erin Magee* 8%

J.D. Miniear is forecasted to win, however, this race lacks sufficient data to generate accurate scores.

Congressional District 8

Republican Race

Candidate It Score
Larry Bucshon 62%
Andrew McNiel 38%

Larry Bucshon is projected to win the Republican nomination.

Congressional District 9

Democratic Race

Candidate It Score
Bill Bailey 44%
J.S. Miller 34%
James McClure* 16%
Billy Thomas* 7%

The It Score is forecasting a victory for Bill Bailey.


Connie Lawson (Secretary of State), Suzanne Crouch (State Auditor), Peter Visclosky (Congressman of District 1), Jackie Walorski (Congresswoman District 2), and Luke Messer (Congressman District 6) went unchallenged this year.

Marlin Stutzman (Congressman District 3), Todd Rokita (Congressman District 4), Andre Carson (Congressman District 7), and Todd Young (Congressman District 9) should all win tomorrow.


Some races were omitted completely.  This was due to insufficient data.

The It Score is a machine learning algorithm that gathers chatter surrounding a political candidate from social, and traditional media sources in order to provide a gauge of their digital influence.  It accounts for tone, how people are reacting to a politician, the buzz surrounding the candidate, and what people are saying about the politician.

Whatever candidate has the highest It Score will likely win in the election.

The machine learning algorithm was trained off of actual primary election results.  The original algorithm was predicting at 67% accuracy, but overtime it learned.  Currently it is predicting at 92% accuracy, and has a standard error of 5.

One limitation the algorithm faces is it’s inability to predict races where candidates lack a presence online.  PoliticIt omits these races because there is insufficient data.

PoliticIt’s hope is to refine this algorithm so that political candidates can use it to receive real-time feedback on campaign performance.

(Photo Credit: Flickr via Steve Baker)

Josh Light

Josh Light

Josh Light is the CEO and Co-Founder of PoliticIt.
Josh Light


I enjoy tweeting about startups, and economics.
@adamdangelo enjoyed your interview on Econtalk. Fascinating insight on Quora being a signal and helping to create content. - 2 months ago
Josh Light

Share this article


    • John D. Johnson

      Thanks for the feedback. The IT score measures the digital influence of a candidate. In Utah all candidates are initially selected at the convention as well. We have found the score works well in predicting those outcomes as well so we will be following the outcome of your convention.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *