But Trump has disappeared from Spartz’s campaign advertising, which she said is a matter of trying to talk about issues such as health care and education with a broader group of voters for the general election.
“It’s irrelevant who is going to be the president,” Spartz said in a recent interview. “Congress is the legislative branch, which has to be a check and balance.”
Signs of declining Republican dominance have appeared in the past couple years in the 5th District, which stretches from the north side of Indianapolis north into rural areas and the smaller cities of Anderson and Marion.
Republican hold on the congressional seat is vulnerable as college-educated voters shifted toward Democrats in the 2018 elections, leaving the Indiana district among about the 10 most highly educated ones still held by the GOP, said Republican pollster Christine Matthews, who has worked on several Indiana campaigns.
“It is historically certainly Republican, but with a Trump era,…