Election 2010 – Indiana Senate Election
Political pundits were largely stunned earlier this year when longtime Democratic Senator Evan Bayh decided not to run for reelection. A strong moderate who many believe has aspirations to run for Governor in 2012, Bayh had bucked his party many times and, though once discussed as a potential presidential candidate, seemingly became increasingly frustrated with Washington DC.
This has given Republicans a great opportunity to pick up the Senate seat in Indiana – and to stop the electoral change occurring in the state, which voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in 2008 since 1964. First they will choose a nominee in their primary on May 4 out of 3 major candidates and a total of 5 people on the ballot.
The winner of that primary will face Democrat Brad Ellsworth, currently a Congressman from the 8th District and a former Sheriff of Vandenburgh County. A moderate in the mold of Bayh, Ellsworth was born in Huntingburg and worked for 24 years in the Sheriff’s department, first elected to the top position in that office in 1998. A strong fiscal hawk who has targeted corrupt businesses and tax evaders, Ellsworth hopes to keep the seat in the hands of his party. To learn more – and to see one of the more creative websites of this campaign season, click here.
Republicans will be choosing between two very familiar politicians and a newcomer who has gained a great deal of traction in recent weeks. One is quite familiar to the Democratic nominee. John Hostettler was the representative of the 8th district in Congress until Ellsworth soundly beat him in 2006. A strong conservative, Hostettler shocked supporters by back Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin over Republican John McCain in 2008. To learn more, click here.
Attempting to return to the US Senate is the more moderate Dan Coats, who, despite a reputation for bipartisan work, was recently endorsed by James Dobson. A one-time staffer for Dan Quayle, he served as US Representative of the 4th district from 1981 to 1989 and US Senator from 1993-1999. Though he lived in Virginia up until a few months ago and worked as a lobbyist for large banking corporations, he has moved back to the state to pursue the seat. To learn more, click here.
Marlin Stutzman has recently been the talk of this race, recently endorsed by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. He grew up in Howe and runs a large farm as well as a trucking company. He has served in the State Legislature since 2002, first as a Representative at the age of 26 and now as a State Senate in the 13th District. To learn more, click here.