Indiana Democratic Party re-examining how to approach future elections

Evan Bayh on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton in 2008. ("IMG_4009" by Lisa, Attribution 2.0 Generic)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats saw their hopes for a resurgence dashed under the weight of Donald Trump’s landslide victory and Republicans gaining complete control of the state’s government.

The election low point casts doubt on former Sen. Evan Bayh and two-time gubernatorial candidate John Gregg as future candidates.

It also leaves them hamstrung as they face trying in two years to help re-elect U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly when he can expect to be targeted by national Republican groups.

Donnelly says Trump’s 19 percentage-point victory in Indiana was too much for Gregg and Bayh to overcome.

Some Indiana Democrats say the party needs to build its own base of support rather than running candidates who try to appeal to Republican voters.

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