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It Just Got Harder For Republicans To Control U.S. Senate

July 11, 2016

This is the best news of the morning.

Democratic candidate Baron Hill is dropping out of the Indiana Senate race–and best of all will be replaced as the Democratic nominee by former Sen. Evan Bayh.  This news simply upends the race in a state Republicans expected to hold easily this fall.

A state it also needs mentioning is required of the GOP to win if they have any hope of keeping the senate in their control.

Bayh comes from a family that has produced a powerful political name. (I fondly recall his father in the senate.)  The son is a former governor of Indiana and has approximately $9.3 million in a federal campaign account that has sat nearly dormant since he left the Senate in 2010.

Republican Dan Coats won the seat that year but is retiring this fall.

Up until this morning Hill, a former House member, was preparing to face the GOP’s Todd Young in the general election.

Now the world of politics has changed dramatically in Indiana.   Democrats are in the drivers seat.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2016 12:24 PM

    But it takes all sorts of Democrats to form a majority. The majority is mighty important–especially at this moment in politics.

  2. Mark E. Bye permalink
    July 12, 2016 11:26 AM

    Even if Democrats are able to stem the tide of their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, I don’t recall Evan Bayh being much of a “real” Democrat’s Democrat. IIRC, he was a blue dog that got in the way of quite a bit of progressive policy initiatives.

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