The presidential campaign trail is on the move into the Hoosier state and tensions are rising close to home.
We’re less than three weeks from the the May primary election in Indiana, when several presidential candidates may converge on Evansville.
Local campaign offices for Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Bernie Sanders are up and running – but our cameras aren’t welcome by everyone.
Eyewitness News was again shut out of the Trump office in downtown Evansville, as it was on Tuesday, despite the media being invited to attend the grand opening Wednesday.
Volunteers at the Vanderburgh County Republican Headquarters, where Trump and Cruz share office space down the hall from one another, relate the tension to candidates sparring on a national level.
“That’s politics as normal,” says Cruz volunteer, David Dickerson. “That’s always been going on for who knows how long.”
Trump supporter Shannon Elfreich is on board with Trump’s message.
“I’m just excited about him this year,” she says, “I feel good about it and want to try to turn the country around and make America great again.”
Cruz campaign managers said we could visit inside their office if the phone bank was full with 15 people. We were told only 10 people were at the phones, so we were not allowed in that office too.
While our cameras were kept outside with a pair of Evansville Police officers standing by, we spoke to neighbors picking up yard signs and stickers.
Down the street – Sanders’ office isn’t quite as busy, but volunteers were preparing for a weekend canvassing run through the River City.
“A lot of people don’t even know who Bernie Sanders is and this is just so people can check him out,” says Grace Claspell, 16, who is back for her second day of volunteering.
“I think it’s fun and I didn’t have anything to do,” she says.
Hillary Clinton does not have an office in Evansville yet. Eyewitness News tried to contact her national campaign and did not hear back.
Campaign officials with Cruz says both Cruz and Trump are trying to work a stop in Evansville into their schedules.