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A ‘Recruiting Victory’ or a ‘Redistricting Victory’ in Indiana?



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In Indiana, the decision by Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly to run for Senate is being described by the AP as a “recruiting victory” for “national Democrats.”

For those of you who read the Campaign Spot, this news is more accurately greeted as a win for Indiana Republican state legislators, who managed to redraw the congressional district lines in a way that makes Donnelly unlikely to repeat last year’s by-the-skin-of-his-teeth victory.

The Indiana Republican Senate primary appears set to be a big-time battle between incumbent Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock, so it is possible that the GOP primary winner will enter the general election short on funds and with a fractured party. According to Indiana Democrats speaking to the AP, Donnelly expects to take on Mourdock.

Republican Jackie Walorski, who almost beat Donnelly last year, is now the favorite in Indiana’s Second District; a local lawyer, Andrew Straw, is now running on the Democrat side.


Tags: Jackie Walorski , Joe Donnelly , Richard Lugar , Richard Mourdock


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