Putting Indiana in their likely win column was a major coup for Democrats in this year's costly fight for Senate control. Republicans command a slim 54-46 majority, and Democrats need to pick up four seats to take back power if they hang onto the White House.
The early days of the general election campaign have been a contortionist act for Mike Pence, who has remained loyal to running mate Donald Trump while trying to maintain his reputation as a principled, down-to-earth Midwesterner.
Both campaigns tout high percentages of Indiana contributors in fundraising announcements, but much of the big money has come from out-of-state sources sidestepping the $5,000 annual cap set by a 1986 state law for donations from corporations or unions.
The race to be Indiana's next U.S. senator would appear to be Rep. Todd Young's to lose after his resounding victory in the Republican primary Tuesday, but the outcome of his faceoff with Democrat Baron Hill in November is no forgone conclusion.