Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Early Preview of 2018's Senate Fight

After the craziness of the 2016 election is settled in November, 2017, a year with no elections will be a welcome respite from the wackiness.
Senator Joe Donnelly

Still, as soon as the ink is dry on the 2016 results, the 2018 election season will start, and it will be here before we know it.

On the top of the ticket will be Joe Donnelly’s fight to keep his United States Senate seat. One has to figure that he will be one of the Democrats they go after.

Truthfully, Donnelly hasn’t done much wrong or put a bad foot forward. He’s kept his nose down and has done his work. It’s exactly what you expect from a guy like Joe. There’s very little pretense with him, and he’s extremely approachable.

In 2018, the Republican frontrunner for the nomination will be anyone's guess.  It will just be a big and nasty battle.  We’ll get a pretty clear view of who thinks they can beat Donnelly early on. If certain people with big names stay out, then you’ll know that Donnelly is on solid ground.

My thought is that you'll see Susan Brooks, Todd Rokita, Todd Young (if he loses to Evan Bayh) and other Republicans in the 2018 race.  Lots at stake for Brooks and Rokita though.  As sitting representatives, they would have to give up their safe Republican seats.

It's going to be interesting to see how this develops over the next two years, and it's never too early to look ahead and speculate.

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