Thursday, July 14, 2016

Winds of Change Could Blow to Transform Indiana Politics

It still seems like a long way off, but Indiana politics could look a lot different in January than it does right now.  Frankly, it's not that far away!

For one, Hoosiers could see two U.S. Senators from the Democratic Party for the first time since 1977.  Evan Bayh's entry into the Senate race changes it completely.  Todd Young and the Republicans are already launching negative attacks at Bayh showing that they are concerned.

Secondly, the Hoosier U.S. House delegation could look quite different with two or three more Democrats going to Washington.  Shelli Yoder's race in the 9th Congressional District with "Tennessee Trey" Hollingsworth is being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's red to blue list.  Lynn Coleman's race is going well in the 2nd Congressional District, and, with Donald Trump at the top of Indiana's Republican ticket, the 5th Congressional District, won by Joe Donnelly in 2012, could be in play with Angela Demaree taking on Susan Brooks.

Mike Pence could be on his way to Washington, on his way home to Columbus, on his way back to the Governor's Mansion, or watching John Gregg taking the oath of office as Indiana's 51st Governor.

Eric Holcomb, Brian Bosma and a slew of other Hoosier Republicans might see their futures change as well depending on what happens with Pence and Donald Trump.

All of this might happen as well as Hoosier voters repudiating the GOP in the General Assembly by voting for Democrats across the state and ending the Republican supermajority in the House.  There are also potential Senate seats to gain for the Democrats as well.

On top of all of this, voters in the United States are about to make history and make Hillary Clinton the first female President in the history of the country.

Libertarians might see record numbers in a Hoosier Congressional race up in District 3 with Pepper Snyder battling Jim Banks.  Democrat Tommy Schrader has been disowned by his own party there.

The chances of seeing a different Indiana after November in at least some of these areas are pretty good.

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