Bayh won’t seek Indiana Senate seat

Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) will not enter the race to replace retiring Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDems slam Trump for siding with Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi killing Dem senator demands public intelligence assessment on Khashoggi killing Hillicon Valley: Official warns midterm influence could trigger sanctions | UK, Canada call on Zuckerberg to testify | Google exec resigns after harassment allegations | Gab CEO defends platform | T-Mobile, Sprint tailor merger pitch for Trump MORE (R-Ind.) in Indiana, a source familiar with Bayh’s thinking told The Hill on Thursday.

Bayh instead will focus on helping former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMemo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report Trump will likely win reelection in 2020 Lanny Davis says Nixon had more respect for the Constitution than Trump MORE win the White House, according to the source.

Bayh would have been a formidable candidate had he run. He has high name recognition and remains popular in Indiana. In addition, he still has nearly $10 million in his campaign war chest.

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Many Democrats believed Bayh’s entrance in to the race would be a game-changer for their party, but political watchers in the state were doubtful he would take the plunge. In 2010, Bayh decided against seeking a third term in the Senate, citing frustration over gridlock in Congress.

With Bayh on the sidelines, the path to the Democratic nomination is currently clear for former Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.), who previously served four terms representing Indiana’s 9th district in the House.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield Poll finds most Americans and most women don’t want Pelosi as Speaker MORE (D-Nev.) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will host a Washington, D.C., fundraiser for Hill’s Senate bid later this month — a sign that establishment Democrats may be coalescing around his candidacy.

However, State Rep. Christina Hale (D-Ind.) has also said she’s considering running. And John Dickerson, the former director of The Arc, a nonprofit that helps Indianans with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is also mentioned as a potential contender.

So far, there are two Republicans in the race.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), a Tea Party-aligned candidate, will be seeking to rally the conservative base in the state. Coats’s chief of staff, Eric Holcomb, is also running, and considered a more establishment-friendly candidate.

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The GOP candidate will likely be favored going into the race. Indiana has only gone for the Democratic presidential candidate once since 1968.