The most closely watched US House races in Indiana next month will be the same ones that have drawn attention for 18 years. But redrawn maps have tilted the advantage toward Republicans.
One reason Joe Donnelly ran for Senate instead of reelection to the House is a re-map of the district where he edged Republican Jackie Walorski two years ago by one percentage point.
Democratic Kokomo and Michigan City have been sliced away from the district, replaced by heavily Republican Elkhart, Kosciusko, Miami and Wabash Counties.
Redistricting changed freshman Republican Todd Young‘s Ninth District from Southeast Indiana to South Central, adding Republican strongholds of Johnson and Morgan Counties to what had been a swing district.
Howey Political Report publisher Brian Howey says it may yet become one in future elections, but says challenger Shelli Yoder‘s fundraising doesn‘t appear strong enough to unseat Young this year.
But Howey says shoring up Young has made Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon‘s district slightly tougher for him. Bucshon loses Republican Putnam County while picking up Democratic Perry County.
Howey sees the race leaning Bucshon‘s way against Democrat Dave Crooks – he says the freshman Republican can ride a wave of discontent with President Obama.