WaPo: Evan Bayh To Retire

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Whoa. 

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh will say.

Another one bites the dust.  Aren’t you happy you voted for that health care bill, Senator Bayh?

Update #1:  Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades notes that Bayh was polling ahead of his GOP challengers and plenty of cash to wage a campaign against them. 

Now, the puzzled guess-work: Why would Bayh quit? He polls way ahead of his potential GOP challengers. Like 20 points ahead. He’s got a $13 million warchest.

So, scandal, family matters, or “family” matters?

Update #2: Major Garrett’s take on Twitter:

Here is summary of Bayh polling. Cleary, they read deeper trouble in these numbers. http://tinyurl.com/yb3tfbv

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5 thoughts on “WaPo: Evan Bayh To Retire

  1. I thought that Bayh’s seat was in danger. Hmm intersting as to why he would retire but hey things are looking up for us. Too bad Franken was allowed to steal a seat in Minnesota.

  2. Via Powerline

    PAUL adds: Hotline points to a poll by commissioned by the Daily Kos that showed Bayh easily beating both Dan Coats and John Hostettler, his likely rivals had he sought re-election. I wouldn’t put much faith in that poll, though, and it appears that Bayh didn’t either.

    Last month, a Rasmussen poll had Bayh ahead of Hostettler by only 44-41. And Bayh trailed Mike Pence, who decided not to run, by 47-44.

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