The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says Indiana’s 9th congressional district is one of the races it will focus its efforts on leading up to the 2018 election.
Republican Representative Trey Hollingsworth currently represents the district and is serving his first term. A crowded field of democratic challengers hopes to defeat him.
Andrew Downs, Director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Ft. Wayne, says the DCCC’s decision to target the 9th district shows Hollingsworth is vulnerable.
“On the democratic side there are people who want that nomination, they don’t have to go out and recruit somebody who will go fall on their sword,” Downs says. “There are a couple of people who’ve already raised over $100,000, $200,000 so that’s showing pretty good production and I’m sure part of the reason the DCCC thinks it’s a race worth watching.”
According to their One Year Out memo, 75 out of the 80 battlefield districts initially outlined by the DCCC have viable candidates.
Downs says it’s too early to tell how competitive the District 9 race will be.
“I think this is one of those districts where we’ll be able to watch it for quite some time,” Downs says. “It might eventually fall off the list for one reason or another. Polling data might come back that shows that it’s a one sided race, or candidates may not have the continued success they’ve had at raising money at this point.”
Downs says the DCCC is constantly adding new districts to its list of targets throughout the year.
The DCCC now has a total of 91 targeted GOP seats for 2018.