Baron Hill May Have New Foe in November

The story has long been the same in Indiana’s 9th U.S. House District. It seems every other November (for four election cycles), voters could mark their calendars for a Baron Hill vs. Mike Sodrel match-up.

It seems Todd Young, however, has different ideas. At this moment, with 52% of the vote in, Young is leading Sodrel by 5% (37.5% – 32.4%), with Travis Hankins making a strong showing at 27%.

Young, a 37-year-old deputy prosecutor in Orange County (and former Marine), noted on the Chamber webcast that his messaging for his campaign stemmed from frustration with out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C. He quipped that it was the same message he used on the "Rotary Circuit."

Some are calling it a potential upset, although the Indy Star’s Matthew Tully remarked on a Chamber webcast that it would be far from a shock.

This is Young’s first run at an elected office.

UPDATE: Thanks Tom (comments). Now with 81% reporting, Travis Hankins closes gap to 200 votes behind Young. Wow, this could come down to the wire. Sodrel’s still within 5% of Young, too.