Are you running?

February 16, 2010
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Sen. Evan Bayh’s surprise announcement he’s not running for re-election quickly spread speculation at the Indiana Statehouse as to who may run for his seat. While IL reporter Michael Hoskins was there for a committee meeting, he overheard many legislators asking each other “Are you running?” for Bayh’s seat.

Perhaps some were joking; maybe others were feeling out the situation to see who may seriously consider moving on from the Indiana General Assembly to the U.S. Congress.

Bayh’s decision was also the talk of some of the appellate judges yesterday. It was the first thing brought up in conversations Hoskins had with them. Unlike the legislators, they didn’t joke about or mention running for the seat.

The announcement didn’t leave much time for a Democratic candidate to decide to run: this week is the filing deadline for the May primary. The party does have until June 30 to pick a candidate.
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