Democrats choose Bayh for Senate ballot

July 22, 2016 GMT

The Indiana Democratic Party announced Friday evening that its State Central Committee had, as expected, chosen Evan Bayh to be the party’s candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Bayh – a former two-term senator and former two-term governor who has more than $9 million in campaign funds left over from past campaigns – and perennial congressional candidate Bob Kern were the only candidates to replace former congressman Baron Hill, the primary election winner who withdrew his candidacy July 11.

Almost as soon as the underfunded Hill dropped out, CNN reported that Bayh would replace him on the Democratic ballot, and he filed his candidacy July 13.

Bayh will face Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton in the Nov. 8 election.

John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, said Friday in a statement: “Evan Bayh is a great example of what happens when you elect someone with Hoosier Common Sense to public office. From cutting taxes and creating the 21st Century Scholars Program as our state’s Governor to combating unfair trade practices that threatened Hoosier jobs when he was in the U.S. Senate, Evan has always put Indiana first.