INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The race to be Indiana’s next U.S. senator would appear to be Rep. Todd Young’s to lose after his resounding victory in the Republican primary, but the outcome of his face off with Democrat Baron Hill in November is no forgone conclusion.
With Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s name at the top of the ticket, it would be a very different election than six years ago. Some Republicans fear Trump is so unpopular with minorities and women that if he wins the nomination, he could drag down other candidates. Indiana also has a history of selecting moderate Democrats, most recently electing Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2012.
The race will be a rematch of 2010, when Young defeated incumbent congressman Hill and rode a tea party wave to Washington.