IN-Sen: Ellsworth officially the Democratic nominee

No big surprise, but Representative Brad Ellsworth officially became the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Indiana today. The former sheriff elected to the House twice from Indiana's "bloody eighth" district will face former Senator Dan Coats.

Early polling of this match-up gives a clear advantage to Coats, but the Republican has an enormous amount of baggage:

"The only thing he's an outsider to in this race is Indiana, since he didn't even have a residence in Indiana until he decided he would run for the U.S. Senate," said Adam Elkington, a spokesman for the Indiana Democratic Party.

"Hoosiers have a clear choice in this race for Senate: a Washington, D.C., lobbyist who represents Wall Street banks, foreign nations and corporations that ship Hoosier jobs overseas, or a former sheriff from Evansville, Indiana, who will represent Hoosier families."

Democrats have hammered Coats over his lobbying for, among other clients, major Wall Street interests. His firm has done work for Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and the New York Stock Exchange.


There's also a chance that gun advocates including the National Rifle Association will endorse Ellsworth over Coats. Any comments or speculation about this race are welcome in this thread.

Fisher Wins in Ohio, A Run-Off in North Carolina

Here's what we know: Lt. Governor Lee Fisher has won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Ohio beating back a challenge from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. With almost 50% of precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 10:15 p.m. ET, Fisher had just over 193,000 votes (56%) to Brunner's 169,600 (44%). Fisher now face Republican nominee Rob Portman in November for the right to replace retiring Republican George Voinovich.

In North Carolina, neither Elaine Marshall, the Secretary of State nor Cal Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran and a former state lawmaker, cleared the 40 percent threshold required to claim victory. The two will square off in a run-off on June 22nd.

In Indiana, former right wing Senator Dan Coats has won the GOP nomination. He's likely to face Representative Brad Ellsworth in the general election. The race is to fill the seat of the retiring Evan Bayh. Coats served in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1989 and the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 1999 when he retired. He has been a registered lobbyist since retiring from Congress and represents everything that's wrong with the revolving door in Washington politics. 

More primary coverage from the New York Times.

The Rentable Dan Coats

Dan Coats is so committed to Indiana that he has decided to rent a home in Indianapolis.

Dan Coats Rents Home For Indiana Senate Run

(Indianapolis) -- Recent Virginia resident Dan Coats now has a rented home in Indianapolis as he plans a run for the U.S. Senate in Indiana. Coats says he is now also registered to vote in Indiana as supporters work to get enough signatures for a GOP run.

Coats is also refuting claims brought up by a 2008 video showing him telling North Carolina Republicans that he planned to retire there.

Coats says he also plans to discuss his lobbying work for foreign governments and the Bank of America in the near future.

Coats is hoping to challenge Evan Bayh in November.

I can't decide who is off to the worst start to a Senatorial campaign, Harold "I have yet to file taxes in NY" Ford or Dan "The Renter" Coats. Whichever is the case, it is all rather enjoyable.



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