By BRIAN A. HOWEY
- What was once unthinkable became reality on Tuesday night as
Republican Todd Young has defeated Democrat Evan Bayh for the U.S.
Senate. He becomes, perhaps, the first victim of what appears to be an
emphatic surge by the Donald Trump/Mike Pence ticket in the Hoosier
state. It is the culmination of a twisting race where Bayh, the
former two-term senator and governor, nudged nominee Baron Hill out in
July, arriving with the $10 million war chest he had hoarded for half a
decade. Overnight Young went from a big money advantage over
Hill to an almost 10-to-1 money disadvantage and Bayh’s campaign
released internal polling showing he had almost a 20% lead. And
then, with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision looming large,
tens of millions of dollars began to flow in for Young via the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and Mitch
McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund. It quickly leveled the playing