|Congressman Andre Carson|
Carson is the heavy favorite to win over Libertarian Drew Thompson and Republican Cat Ping, but what I like about Carson is that he never takes the seat for granted. You can bet Carson’s campaign will be out and walking and in support of him and other candidates down the ballot.
That’s what makes Carson special beyond the work he does in Congress for his constituents.
What amazes me is how little credit Carson gets for winning his seat. When it comes to Democrats, we are like herding cats. In 2007, when Julia Carson passed, it became clear that she wanted André to follow in her footsteps.
In the caucus to choose a candidate for the special election, Carson easily won the nomination on the first ballot over well-known Democrats like Mike Rodman, Carolene Mays, and David Orentlicher among others. He defeated Jon Elrod to become a Congressman. Then, Carson defeated Woody Myers, Orenticher and Mays in the Primary election in May of 2008. He won his first full term in 2008, and he’s bucked some trends in tough elections for Democrats in 2010 and 2014. Carson also has consistently been at or above the baseline for the 7th District by percentage of the vote.
On the Republican side, it’s been tough to get anyone to run against him. Elrod was perhaps the best opponent. Gabrielle Campo, Marvin Scott, Carlos May, and Cat Ping have struggled to find traction. Ping nearly defeated May in 2012 and won the right to face Carson in 2014 and 2016.
She faces an uphill climb in 2016.