Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Setting the Federal Stage in Indiana for November

President Barack Obama
I think I have a pretty good handle on the federal races here in Indiana now that will be taking place in the fall, and things are actually going to be pretty interesting.

Of course, you have the battle at the top of the ticket.  President Barack Obama will be taking on Mitt Romney here in Indiana with Gary Johnson as the Libertarian.

Congressman Joe Donnelly
What is now a race with no incumbent features Democrat Joe Donnelly trying to turn a seat blue for the Democrats against Republican Richard Mourdock and Libertarian Andrew Horning for U.S. Senate.  This will be a nationally-watched race.

In the U.S. House races, looks like Pete Visclosky, suddenly the Dean of Indiana's Congressional delegation, will be battling Republican Joel Phelps in District 1.  In District 2, Republican Jackie Walorski will try to pick up a seat for the Republicans against Democrat Brendan Mullen and Libertarian Joe Ruiz.  Green Party candidate Andrew Straw is expected to be filing for ballot access.  In District 3, Incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman will face Democrat Kevin Boyd.  District 4 features incumbent Republican Todd Rokita against conservative Democrat Tara Nelson.  Those are the easy ones.  Now, let's dive into the rest.

It looks like Susan Brooks, the former U.S. Attorney, has upset the favorite, David McIntosh to win the Republican nomination in District 5.  Brooks will face Democrat Scott Reske, a state legislator, in the fall.  Libertarian Chard Reid will take another bite at the apple this year just as he did in 2010.

Congressman Andre Carson
In District 6, Lobbyist Luke Messer won the Republican nomination, but he didn't win by as many votes as I thought he would.  Travis Hankins, for the second election in a row, surprised gathering just under 30 percent of the vote.  Messer will try to hold Mike Pence's seat for the GOP against Democrat Bradley Bookout.

It was no contest for Democrat Andre Carson in the 7th District.  He easily pummeled Bob Kern and the other challengers getting 90 percent of the vote.  Republican Carlos May had a surprisingly difficult time pulling away from Lt. Col. Cat Ping despite all the support of the Marion County GOP.  Looks like he's going to hold on and win to face the Congressman in the fall.

District 8 should be a barn burner between Republican incumbent Larry Buschon and former State Rep. Dave Crooks, the Democratic nominee.  This could be a pickup opportunity for the Democrats.  Bart Gadau is the Libertarian in the fight.

And, in District 9, Republican Todd Young, the incumbent, ran unopposed for the GOP nomination.  Shelli Yoder won the Democratic nomination defeating several Democrats including Robert Winningham and Brigadier General Jonathan George.  The Libertarians field Jason Sharp in this race.

It's a long way to November, but it will be here before we know it!


Jerry Titus said...

You missed Rex Bell for the Libertarians in the 6th.

Jerry Titus said...

You missed Rex Bell, Libertarian, in the 6th CD race.