Coats says he’s met Indiana’s petition deadline

Former Republican Sen. Dan Coats’ campaign says it has enough petition signatures to put him on Indiana’s May primary ballot
as he seeks the Senate seat Democrat Evan Bayh is leaving.

Coats spokesman Kevin Kellems said Tuesday that Hoosiers
had responded with "tremendous enthusiasm" in helping gather the required 4,500 signatures since Coats announced
his campaign on Feb. 3.

Coats and other candidates face a Tuesday deadline to submit their petition signatures
to county officials.

State Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe has set a Tuesday news conference to announce his filing.

Financial adviser Don Bates Jr. of Winchester has already filed for the GOP primary.

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