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Bayh Calls 2016 Gubernatorial Run “Unlikely”

Posted On August 22, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Evan Bayh Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

Evan Bayh
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Former Indiana governor and senator Evan Bayh has been rumored to be considering a run for governor in 2016.

But, he says, that’s not the case. In an appearance on public radio in Indianapolis Thursday, the Democrat said a run for governor is quote “unlikely”.

“It’s unfortunately, from my point of view, very divided by partisan lines,” the former two-term governor said on WFYI radio’s No Limits. “Given the current makeup of the state legislature and the way the maps are drawn, I’m just wondering if my style of leadership would be feasible right now.”

The GOP currently possess super majorities in both the Indiana House and Senate, which would make being an effective governor difficult for any Democrat.

There is hope for supporters of Bayh, who was governor from 1989 to 1997. He added that he won’t finalize his decision until after Labor Day. He does have close to $10 million in his campaign war chest since retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011.

Republican incumbent Governor Mike Pence is expected to run for re-election in 2016, although he is rumored to be considering a run for President as well as he makes speaking appearances at events in other states.

Pence’s Democrat challenger in 2012, former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, has said he is considering another run for the state’s executive office.