Friday, March 14, 2014

HD 91 Incumbent Fighting Primary Foe

Bob Behning
House District 91 voters again have a contested primary on the Republican side as incumbent Bob Behning will have to take down a fellow R before facing Democrat Patrick Lockhart.

Pat Lockhart
In the Primary, Behning is facing Michael Scott, a union electrician, who ran in 2012 as one of the Lunch Pail Republicans.  Scott is already planning walks and yard sign distribution.  We'll see if he can improve on his 2012 vote total.

Much like 2012, Behning has a Democratic challenger with no primary opposition, Patrick Lockhart.  The IU political science major has been making the rounds in the district impressing nearly everyone he comes in contact with.  Lockhart is planning on taking to Behning (or Scott) a tough and aggressive campaign in the fall.  That really didn't happen with 2012 Democratic nominee, Mike Blinn.
Michael Scott

Behning just has to be wondering if his decision to run again in 2014 might have been the right one.  He's going to have to work harder than ever to keep his job in the General Assembly.  There were rumors about Behning's desire to run for the office leading up to the election season. It was even rumored at one time that he was not planning to run, but he has filed and was slated by the Republican Party.

Democrats know that if they are going to retake the House, eventually House District 92 is a seat they need to take.  Lockhart is an excellent candidate to take it, but Scott remains a very interesting wild card.  If he can beat or take a big bite out Behning's reelection budget, then Lockhart could definitely capitalize in the fall.

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