Senate Race Challenges Indiana’s Status as a “Red” State
Indiana is known to be a reliably “red” state, having voted for the Republican presidential candidate in all but one election over the past 50 years. It will certainly go red again this year, considering that current Gov. Mike Pence is the vice presidential candidate. If Democratic candidate Evan Bayh is successful, however, the state will end up in January with two “blue” senators, totally contradicting its Republican image.
According to one poll, Bayh has a slight lead over Republican Rep. Todd Young in their battle to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats. If he wins, Bayh will join Democrat Joe Donnelly in the U.S. Senate. Although Young is having difficulty accepting Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate, Bayh is facing his own problems. This race is examined in greater detail at www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/56znsz/indiana_byebye_to_democratic_hope_for_senate.
The 60-year-old Bayh should be the ideal candidate for Indiana, having served as its U.S. senator for 12 years and as its governor for the same period of time. He is also the son of legendary U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. It is Evan Bayh’s contacts outside of the Senate that are causing him trouble, including his attempt to undermine the Dodd-Frank Act, which was considered a hallmark bill of the Democratic legislature. It was also revealed that, contrary to campaign statements, he had met with executives from a potential employer. Additionally, he had taken a number of taxpayer-funded trips to New York City in 2010, while still in office. It is not known at this point whether Bayh violated Senate rules. Nor can it be ascertained how his actions will affect his campaign and, in the process, Democratic prospects for winning back the U.S. Senate.