Republicans see turnaround in Indiana Senate race

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young speaks after receiving the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Indianapolis, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Indiana's Senate campaign has gained national prominence as Republicans try to hold onto the open seat also being sought by former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh. Rob Engstrom, Senior Vice President and National Political Director, U.S. Chamber of Commerce is at the left. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Bayh was the Democrats’ prize Senate recruit this election cycle, a popular former senator and governor with a huge war chest and sky-high name ID.

Top Democrats heralded his surprise entrance into the race in July with hopes that Republicans would abandon his little-known and underfunded GOP rival, Rep. Todd Young, and give up on Indiana.

Instead, outside GOP groups including the Chamber of Commerce and the billionaire Koch Brothers have poured some $10 million into the race, essentially erasing Bayh’s fund-raising advantage and closing his lead over Young to low- or mid-single digits. With Republicans determined to retain their narrow majority in the Senate, they have succeeded in putting Bayh on the defensive and turning Indiana into a top battleground in this year’s fight for Senate control.

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