By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Mayoral decisions today

Here are your Municipal Election Day talking points: We'll be watching to see if Republicans Tim Smith in Fort Wayne, Tyler Moore in Kokomo, Mark Seabrook in New Albany and Dan Ridenour in Muncie can flip city halls. The big one is Smith taking on three-term Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry in the state's second largest city. We moved that race into "tossup" last week and Henry began running negative ads. Another interesting election is happening in Terre Haute, where Republican Mayor Duke Bennett is trying fend off Democrat Councilman Karrem Nasser and independent Pat Goodwin. Turnout could be elevated there with the casino referendum on the ballot.

We'll be watching to see if Democrat Rod Roberson in Elkhart can flip a Republican seat against former GOP mayor Dave Miller, who fainted during two debates this fall. All eyes are on Michigan City, where indicted Democrat Mayor Ron Meer is trying to fend off Republican Duane Parry. Meer has hired former Gary mayor Scott King as his attorney and is seeking a special prosecutor. King said he was "flabbergasted" by the charges, adding, "My preliminary review of the charges demonstrates that they are poorly drafted and, I believe, subject to a Motion to Dismiss ... I firmly believe that none of the charges can be sustained in court."

We're expecting the status quo to be confirmed at the ballot box with Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Evansville's Lloyd Winnecke, and Bloomington's John Hamilton. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles experienced a systemic glitch on Monday, but all branches in election cities should be open to provide voter IDs.

2. Trump referendums

Nationally, gubernatorial races in Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia are seen as potential referendums on President Trump, who campaigned for KY Gov. Matt Bevin in Lexington last night. In an 80 minute ramble Monday night, Trump said Democrats "trying to tear our country apart" while  "trying to nullify the ballots" of the 2016 election. Bevin is in a tossup race against Attorney General Andy Beshear, son of Bevin's predecessor. Vice President Pence campaigned for Bevin in late October. Trump believes he can push that race into the GOP column.

3. Trump Indiana approval at 52%

President Trump has a 52% approval in the Old National Bank/Ball State University 2019 Hoosier Survey, with 40% disapproving. "These survey results show that, despite the recent impeachment inquiry, the President’s approval among Hoosiers continues to hold steady," said Chad Kinsella, a political science professor and survey analyst at Ball State's Bowen Center for Public Affairs. "The survey indicates that Trump’s approval is essentially unchanged from last year’s Hoosier Survey." Trump's approval is 86% with Hoosier Republicans, 46% with independents and 11% with Democrats. Trump won Indiana in 2016 with 56.4%.

4. Penske buys the 500

Roger Penske is completing his auto racing and business legacy by purchasing Hulman & Co. and its subsidiaries, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series, and IMS Productions. "We look around this 1,000 acres and we say, 'Can this be not only the racing capital of the world, but an entertainment capital of the world in Indiana and be able to support the state, the governor, the region, the city, the town of Speedway and continue to grow it?'" Penske asked. "So we're going to invest capital. We know the economic benefit today that this race brings to the region is amazing and we want to grow that. It's important to us." It's been a banner year for Penske, who received the Medal of Freedom from President Trump on Oct. 24. "This guy keeps winning," Trump said. "So I said, 'I think we have to give him the Presidential Medal.'" Any bets that Trump and Vice President Pence show up for the 2020 Indianapolis 500?

5. Mayor Pete goes Reaganesque

President Reagan won a landslide reelection in 1984 with his famed "Morning in America" TV ad. Mayor Pete Buttigieg began a new TV ad in Iowa today titled "Sun Comes Up." Mayor Pete says, "Picture that first day the sun comes up on this country and Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States. The sun’s going to come up over a country even more divided and torn up over politics than we are today. With crises that still require urgent action, I am running to be the president who will pick up the pieces of our divided nation and lead us toward real action."

Thanks for reading folks. We'll be posting municipal election results tonight. It's The Atomic!