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Presidential candidates have blanketed Indiana over the last couple of weeks, seeking to secure as many delegates as possible in the hunt for their parties’ nomination.

Here's how Republican and Democratic delegates are doled out based on Tuesday’s results:

Indiana has 57 Republican delegates up for grabs.  Thirty of those delegates will vote for the statewide winner on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. 

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As many as a thousand union members and supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Friday in support of laid-off Carrier factory workers.

Sanders' last-minute appearance at the protest came days before Tuesday's primary election, where the Carrier story has taken center stage.

The diverse crowd on the statehouse lawn wielded signs reading "Keep it made in America" and "Save our jobs, stop corporate greed," and chanted union slogans like "stand up, fight back."

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Gov. Mike Pence Friday announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), just four days before Indiana’s primary.  Pence was quick to add the caveat that he’ll support whoever the Republican nominee is this fall.

Pence calls Cruz a “principled conservative” who is willing to stand up to party leadership to defend his convictions. 

The governor says he’s not worried his endorsement will alienate some Republican voters.

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On a campaign stop at Purdue University Wednesday, Democrat Bernie Sanders said he’s staying in the presidential race to win it, even after his losses Tuesday make it increasingly unlikely for him to secure the nomination.

Sanders lost four of Tuesday’s five primaries.  But he says he’s in the Hoosier State to win, and he’s staying in the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

“And with your help, super delegates may well reach the conclusion that Bernie Sanders will be the strongest candidate against Donald Trump or any other Republican,” Sanders says.

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While Hillary Clinton campaigned in Northern Indiana Tuesday, her husband Bill Clinton spoke at an event in Indianapolis.

The former Democratic U.S. President says Hillary Clinton has the most realistic plan to fix the country’s economic problems.

His speech focused on income inequality, student debt and terrorism.

In an apparent appeal to supporters of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton says Hillary Clinton’s economic plan involves giving companies a 15 percent tax credit if they share their profits fairly.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made two stops in northern Indiana Tuesday, her first appearances in the state ahead of next week's primary election on May 3. 

Clinton focused on middle class jobs and wages.

At Munster Steel in Hammond, she told a small group of workers and invited guests that revitalizing the manufacturing sector is one of the election’s most important issues.

"I have a plan to invest $10 billion to bring unions, workers, businesses, universities and the government together to create new manufacturing jobs," she says.

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11:15 p.m. Monday UPDATE:

An e-mail from the Bernie Sanders campaign confirms a 12 p.m. event Wednesday at Purdue's France Cordova Recreational Sports Center.

Doors will open to the event at 9:00 a.m., with the senator's speech slated to start at noon.

A press release from the campaign says Sanders plans to address college affordability, among other topics.

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Indiana’s high absentee voter turnout may signal a large primary turnout on May 3. Indiana voters have submitted around 119,000 absentee requests so far -- that's about as many total absentee ballots were cast four years ago.

Indiana Election Division co-director Angie Nussmeyer says 2008 set the standard for Indiana turnout. She says around 185,000 Hoosiers voted absentee in the 2008 primary.

Nussmeyer says this election’s bounce-back may stem from heightened political interest and increasing absentee ballot awareness.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says he’s entirely focused on Indiana and what he calls his “head-to-head contest” with Donald Trump. Cruz spent Monday traveling across the Hoosier State after he and Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) announced a coordinated plan to prevent Trump from getting the GOP nomination.

Cruz spent Monday throughout southern and central Indiana, his third consecutive day in the state.  That comes as he shifts his resources to the Hoosier State and away from primaries in Oregon and New Mexico. 

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Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says Indiana has a “national megaphone” in the race for the Republican nomination. 

Cruz has turned his focus to the Hoosier State as he and fellow candidate John Kasich coordinate to stop Donald Trump from securing the nomination.

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