4 Days to Go: Wisconsin Senate Rating Shifts Less Democratic

Tennessean Spends Big To Make Hoosiers Get To Know Him

Hollingsworth is running for the seat being vacated by Young, above. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After spending $221,000 on the air in Indiana's 9th District over the past five weeks, Indiana Jobs Now, a super PAC backing Republican Trey Hollingsworth, has released an internal poll suggesting that the Tennessee transplant is gaining traction in the district.  

The live caller poll  of 600 likely Republican primary voters from National Research Inc. puts Hollingsworth's name recognition at 61 percent, closely trailing the 70 percent who recognize Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who's also running for the open seat. Three-term Rep. Todd Young is running for the GOP nomination for Senate. Conducted Feb. 21-23 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, the poll's ballot test put Hollingsworth at the top of the five candidates surveyed. Hollingsworth garnered 17 percent, followed by Zoeller with 16 percent and state Sen. Erin Houchin with 9 percent. Trailing the field were state Sen. Brent Walz with 4 percent and engineer Robert Hall with 3 percent.  

Todd Young Remains on Indiana GOP Senate Primary Ballot

Young's place on the ballot has been challenged. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a laborious and at times heated hearing Friday afternoon, Indiana's Election Commission voted not to uphold combined challenges to Rep. Todd Young's appearing on the GOP Senate primary ballot.  

Democrats challenged Young's place on the ballot earlier this month, arguing that he submitted fewer signatures from the 1st District than the requisite 500. The Indiana Election Division found Young's campaign had 501 signatures from the 1st District.  

Former Coats Staffer Withdraws From Indiana Senate Race

Holcomb, former chief of staff to Coats, above, is no longer running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three days after Indiana's filing deadline, Eric Holcomb, former chief of staff to Sen. Dan Coats, withdrew from the race to replace his former boss in the Senate.  

Holcomb filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State's office at 11:33 a.m. Monday to withdraw his name as a candidate. The deadline to withdrawn was noon.  

Democrats Look to Expand Map in Indiana — Just in Case

Democrats are hoping that the presidential race could grant them more openings at the congressional level, including in Walorski's district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Apart from the 7th District in the middle and the 1st District in the northwest, Indiana's congressional map is entirely red.  

But several Democrats are mounting challenges to GOP incumbents or going after an open seat currently held by a Republican — a sign that Democrats are looking to keep their options open should the presidential race make the state's map more competitive.  

Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

Democrats in North Carolina are hoping McCrory has overplayed his hand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite Democrats' surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff –  they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.  

Next year, Democrats will defend eight seats, including ones in targeted U.S. Senate battle grounds such as Missouri and New Hampshire, while Republicans will defend four.  Missouri: With incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon on his way out,  Republicans believe one of their top pickup opportunities is in Missouri, where the chief executive's office has been held by Democrats for all but four of the past 22 years.  

Fifth Republican Joins Indiana GOP Primary to Succeed Stutzman


Agribusinessman Kip Tom filed Tuesday to run in Indiana's 3rd District, joining four Republicans already vying for the nomination to succeed Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who's running for Senate .