Indiana U.S. Senate Candidates Hope To Cash In This Election
By Travis Thayer
Democrat Evan Bayh (left) and Republican Todd Young. File photo.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The battle for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat is a “dead heat”, and both candidates have plenty of money to play with as their campaigns hit the stretch run.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Democrat Evan Bayh has more than $5 million in the bank, compared to Republican Congressman Todd Young’s $1.6 million.
“These resources will help us continue to spread Evan’s message of bringing Hoosier common sense and practical problem solving back to Washington,” said Bayh Campaign Manager Paul Tencher. “As we work together to share Evan’s vision and mission with each of Indiana’s 92 counties, these resources will be critical to ensuring that every Hoosier is motivated to use their voice and vote on November 8.”
Meanwhile, Young out-raised Bayh in fundraising during the third quarter, bringing in $3.4 million for his campaign compared with Bayh’s $2.5 million.
Additionally, Young has benefited from outside GOP backers such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the billionaire Koch brothers, who have poured more than $10 million into the race.
“Hoosiers know that Todd Young is one of us. Todd is humbled that so many are supporting him not only with their vote but financially as well,” said campaign spokesman Jay Kenworthy. “Evan Bayh’s support is collapsing, and that shows with his disappointing fundraising total.”
Last week, a WTHR/Howey Politics Indiana Poll showed the U.S. Senate race as a virtual tie, with Bayh leading 42 to 41 percent.
The race could play an important role in determining which party control the U.S. Senate after the November 8 election.