New Senate candidates are still coming out of the wood work — another reason that predictions for November are still premature.
Republicans, smelling (Brown*) blood in the water, are recruiting new candidates with renewed hope of victories after the Massachusetts Senate special election.
In Indiana, they have just about convinced former Sen. Dan Coats (R) to run against incumbent Sen. Evan Bayh (D).
Coats has two weeks to obtain 500 signatures from each of the nine congressional districts to get on the ballot. He could be tough competition, but he has been living in Virginia for many years and is a — horror of horrors — a lobbyist.**
Coats has just a couple of weeks to seek 500 petition signatures in each of the state’s nine congressional districts.
Bayh has been enormously popular and has $13 million in his campaign treasury. He will not be easy to knock off.
Also, Coats retired rather than face Bayh 12 years ago.
In Delaware, Democrats think they have found the next best thing to Beau Biden, the Vice President’s son who has declined to run for Senate.
Democrats believe that New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) will give U.S. Representative Mike Castle (R) a run for his money.
Castle has run and won 12 statewide races and is widely known in the state.
But Coons comes from an area of the largest population in the state. He also hopes that voters are read for generational: Coons is 46 while Castle is 70 years old.
* As in Scott Brown
** For full disclosure, the author is also one of those dreaded lobbyists.