Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hill Digs Out Campaign Shoes; Says He's Running for Senate in 2016

Former Rep. Baron Hill
Baron Hill is IN!

The former 9th District Congressman announced on Wednesday that he has decided to pursue the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Republican Dan Coats.  It's Hill's second run at the Senate, and he's seen as the frontrunner for the nomination no matter who else jumps in the race on the Democratic side.

As Hill enters, news has become a bit cloudier for Republicans on the other side of the ledger.

The man who defeated Baron Hill for his House seat in 2010, Todd Young, is apparently being pushed to run for the Republican nomination by former Indiana Party Chairs like Jim Kittle and Al Hubbard, according to Lesley Weidenbener of the Statehouse File.  Another former party chair and Republican insider who is already in the race, Eric Holcomb, had been seen as the choice of the Daniels wing of the party, but this puts that in doubt.  Tea Party favorite Congressman Marlin Stutzman of Indiana's 3rd Congressional District is also running.

A nasty Republican Primary could help Hill just like it helped Senator Joe Donnelly when he ran for Senate in 2012.  While Republicans sat back and fired political volleys at each other, Donnelly campaigned across Indiana.  Richard Mourdock took out incumbent Senator Richard Lugar, and the seat became pretty wide open after that.  Mourdock's debate comments later in the campaign sealed his fate.

For now, it's clear sailing for Hill though State Rep. Christina Hale has expressed a possible interest in running for the nomination.  She would be a challenge for Hill especially in Central Indiana if she runs.

Looks like this Senate race is finally off and percolating.

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