|Rep. Marlin Stutzman|
The 3rd District Congressman will battle Eric Holcomb and a burgeoning field of Republicans for the nomination in May of 2016.
Stutzman represents the right wing of the party and is the darling of the Tea Party, a party Hoosier voters seem ready to throttle at the polls.
Only 38 years of age, Stutzman entered political office at the ripe age of 26 when he was sworn in to an Indiana House seat. He stayed there while serving in the office of Congressman Mark Souder. Stutzman ran for U.S. Senate in 2010 garnering support from such Republican bigwigs as Mike Huckabee. It wasn't enough and he finished behind Senator Dan Coats in that primary.
When Souder resigned in disgrace, Stutzman was ready to take that seat and was elected later in 2010 to replace Souder. In one of the safest of the safe districts, Stutzman easily has won reelection fights in 2012 and 2014. That's why this move seems strange for the small businessman and farmer turned politician.
Stutzman does bring a faction of voters with him, but will that be enough to prevail in what looks to be a rapidly crowding primary field with a bunch of heavy hitters?
On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill and current state Rep. Christina Hale are both considering runs.