In surprising news, former senator Evan Bayh plans to run again for the Senate seat in Indiana that he previously held. Incumbent senator Dan Coats recently announced that he was not going to run and current GOP nominee Todd Young was leading heavily in polls.
Bayh is very popular in the state of Indiana, having served two terms as Governor and subsequently two terms as a senator. After winning the nomination in 2010, he announced that he would not seek re-election that November. Speculation for Bayh's run has been fueled by the departure of current Democratic nominee Barron Hill from the race. In a Facebook statement, Hill announced:
"I am also a proud Democrat who wants to see an Indiana Democrat fighting for Hoosier families alongside Senator Joe Donnelly in the U.S. Senate. And, I want to do everything in my power to ensure a U.S. Senate that will govern responsibly. That is why, after consulting with my family, my staff and party leaders, I am withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race and removing my name from the November ballot."
Bayh's entry and likely victory will potentially help Democrats secure the Senate this fall, which will be a blow to the GOP