Republicans are currently favored to hold on to this seat being vacated by Sen. Dan Coats at the end of this Congress, but Democrats hope that having Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket can make it more competitive than it should be. U.S. Rep. Todd Young easily won the Republican Senate nomination, defeating U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, 67 percent to 33 percent. On the Democratic side, former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill announced his candidacy in mid-May of last year, and was unopposed for the nomination. Hill lost his seat in the House in 2010 to none other than Todd Young, making this race something of a rematch, the second on the state’s general election ballot this year. Since leaving Congress, Hill has worked as a lobbyist. His fundraising has been surprisingly anemic for a former Member and lobbyist, although Democrats are likely to provide more assistance now that they hope this race moves up the ladder of competitive contests. Even so, Republicans got their preferred nominee, which won‘t make Democrats’ task any easier, despite the potential for
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