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Trump Fallout Won't Impact Tight Indiana Senate Race

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GOP senate candidate Todd Young at a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Sept. (AP/Darron Cummings)

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Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 09:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As Republicans scramble to distance themselves from Donald Trump after Friday's damning video tape leak, many wondered whether the scandal would give Democrats a boost in key down-ballot races.

Trump was on record bragging about groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation with "Access Hollywood’s" Billy Bush.

In Indiana, GOP Senate hopeful Todd Young didn't seem to lose any ground to his Democratic rival Evan Bayh as a result of the revelations — at least not initially — in the state's tight race.

Though Young admitted to a local Fox network that Trump's comments on women were "terrible," he stopped short of saying he wouldn't vote for him.

Ed Feigenbaum, one of the most-sought after sources on Hoosier State politics, told Newsmax he doesn’t feel it will give his Democratic rival the edge. “This probably won’t help Bayh,” said Feigenbaum, editor of the much-read Indiana Legislative Insight newsletter. “The AP story this weekend about Bayh's job-search [showing he spent considerable time in his last year in office looking for a new job] was devastating, and Bayh's Personal Financial Disclosure must be filed by this week, and it will provide all the evidence Republicans need [to show him as more of a Washingtontonian than a Hoosier].”

A just-completed WTHR/HCI poll showed that among likely voters statewide, Bayh clung to a slim 41 percent to 40 percent lead. When Bayh became a candidate earlier this year, virtually all polls showed him with double-digit leads over any Republican.

As Republicans were in disarray following following revelations of a tape in which Trump made crude remarks about women, Young refused to call on the nominee to step aside. Young only said he was giving Trump’s situation “careful consideration.”

Bayh hit back, questioning Young’s “Hoosier values” in sticking with Trump. He also contrasted Young’s position with that of “my friend John McCain [who said he was withdrawing his support of Trump]."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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