For a time, Indiana Senate candidate Evan Bayh looked as if he was going to coast to a win. He had prior experience governing in Indiana, a $10 million war chest and a big early lead. But it wasn’t enough in the end, as voters opted for Republican challenger Todd Young instead, in what some are calling the biggest upset of the election.
“National groups have poured tens of millions of dollars into the Senate race, one of a half dozen nationally that could determine whether Democrats take over the Senate majority,” AP noted, calling the race at 8:29 p.m. EST.
The campaign against Bayh painted him as a Washington insider who profiteered from his political connections. Prior, he had served terms as an Indiana Secretary of State, Governor and U.S. Senator. More recently, he has worked as a partner with the law and lobby firm McGuireWoods.
“They’ve drawn the line and said, ‘You’ve had your chance, you basically left us, you’re not representing our values, you’ve doubled the national debt, Obamacare is a mess and collapsing,” retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), noted in this Politico article. “They don’t want somebody who was part of that establishment to come back and say, ‘I’m the change person.”
Young, who prior served in the U.S. House of Representatives, is against EPA overreach through its WOTUS rule. He also supports the Trade Promotion Authority in the hope that a comprehensive agreement can be reached on the Trans Pacific Partnership.
“This trade agreement would grant access to additional overseas markets for Hoosier farmers to sell their products,” he says.
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