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.