INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Evan Bayh is making a return to Indiana politics.
The former governor and senator will run for U.S. Senate this fall.
Democratic Senate nominee Baron Hill withdrew his candidacy Monday. He made the move after second quarter fundraising totals showed his campaign struggling with little chance of paying for TV ads.
In a statement Hill said in part: “Democrats have a very real chance at winning this Senate seat, especially with a strong nominee who has the money, name identification and resources to win. I do not want to stand in the way of Democrats winning Indiana and the U.S. Senate.”
Bayh issued a statement saying, “Baron and I have spoken and we both believe that we must send leaders to Washington who will put Hoosiers’ interests ahead of any one political party.”
Bayh lives in Washington,but he owns a condo on the north side of Indianapolis and voted here in the May Primary election. He is also a close friend of Hillary Clinton and a win in Indiana could help her party grab control of the U.S. Senate.
Bayh immediately becomes the favorite in a race where Republican Todd Young appeared to be on his way to a runaway victory.
Young’s campaign manager issued a statement that said,”This seat isn’t the birthright of a wealthy lobbyist, it belongs to the people of Indiana.”
Bayh, meantime, has a campaign bank account that contains more than $9 million and that gives him a huge money advantage from the outset.
Look for him to make a formal announcement that he is running in a couple of days or so. Once that happens the Democratic State Central Committee will vote to place his name on the ballot.
Look for a committee vote to take place late next week.