Essay on The Congressional Election Of Indiana

1556 Words Nov 5th, 2016 7 Pages
With the 2016 election coming up, Indiana is going to be electing their members of Congress to represent the state and its districts. The Indiana Senate race that has been receiving a lot of attention is the race between Todd Young and Evan Bayh. An Indiana House race that has been receiving a lot of attention is the District 9 race between Shelli Yoder and Trey Hollingsworth. When analyzing these races, a wide variety of factors, such as demographics, money, and scandals should to be taken into consideration. In terms of the Indiana, there have been fourteen shifts in party power in this particular Senate seat over time (Ballotpedia). But in general, Indiana has been a Republican leaning state throughout much of its history. In 2004, Democrat, Evan Bayh, was elected to the Indiana Senate. In 2010, a Republican, Dan Coats, was elected to the seat. In the very next election, a Democrat, Joe Donnelly took over the seat. Dan Coats retook the seat in 2014 and is now stepping down from the seat to make room for either Democrat, Evan Bayh, or Republican, Todd Young (Indiana Secretary of State).
Evan Bayh originally had a six to seven point lead over Todd Young, but policy issues played a part in negating that lead (Monmouth). For example, on the issue of taxing wealthy individuals, there is a noticeable contrast between the two candidates. Evan Bayh wants to raise taxes for those who make more than $1,000,000 dollars per year in order to fund government services. On the other…

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