Congressman Dan Burton is expected to win his 15th term Tuesday despite what some say is an anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the nation.
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
If Gov. Mitch Daniels and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence become presidential candidates, through them Indiana will represent something of a microcosm of the national Republican Party and its philosophical wings.
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
One hundred Indiana House seats are on the ballot—though many fewer are competitive—but their outcomes may affect the state well beyond the two-year terms that the candidates seek.