Lynn Coleman’s campaign is doing so well that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Commission is entering the race.
The DCCC entering the race so late means that they must have some data that this race is trending Coleman’s way and that he must be within striking distance. Otherwise, they’d spend their valuable money and time elsewhere.
In the 9th Congressional District, the DCCC has been engaged for a while as Shelli Yoder continues to fight against “Tennessee” Trey Hollingsworth. That race has been showing up as a dead heat for weeks. It was thought to be the only close race in Indiana between a Republican and a Democrat.
There is no question that the weakest incumbent is Walorski. After all, Joe Donnelly held that seat even after it was redistricted. Walorski has done little to distinguish herself as an incumbent. She’s managed to hold off Joe Bock in 2014 in an off-year election. 2016 is a Presidential year, and she barely defeated Brendan Mullen in 2012 to claim her spot in Congress by about one percentage point.
If Democrats are ever going to take back the U.S. House, this is a district that must go back in the blue column along with the 8th Congressional District.