Bayh Pulls In the Big Bucks

Indiana State Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R-Howe) has admitted he is at least considering a 2010 congressional challenge to Sen. Evan Bayh.

If so, he will have some long financial odds to overcome. In the first quarter of this year, and without a confirmed challenger, Bayh raised $600,000. The even more impressive total, according to the National Journal, is that this gives the Democrat junior senator about $11 million in the bank.

What does that mean? Two things: Like a Boy Scout, Bayh is always prepared. Two, that preparation may keep Stutzman and/or others on the sidelines. It will be interesting to see what takes place.