Bayh’s Indiana Senate comeback bid hinges on image hit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Just how damaging a hit Democrat Evan Bayh has taken to his popular image built over 30 years in Indiana politics could determine whether he recaptures a U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday’s election.

The close race between Bayh and Republican Rep. Todd Young draws to a close after various outside groups have poured more than $39 million into a mostly negative attack ad campaign, characterizing Bayh as someone who left the Senate six years ago for lucrative corporate jobs.

That led Bayh to insist “I’m not a lobbyist” in television ads while striving to remind voters of popular programs implemented during his previous time as governor.

Young is a six-year congressman from southern Indiana has benefited from the Bayh attacks as Republicans seek to retain their narrow Senate majority.


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