Indiana: Democrats Still Hold Hopes of Beating Souder

Posted September 16, 2009 at 6:51pm

Indiana Democrats are backing their 2006 nominee, Tom Hayhurst, in his second bid against Rep. Mark Souder (R) in the northeast corner of the Hoosier State.

The Indiana Democratic Party asked supporters to donate to Hayhurst’s campaign in an e-mail this week.

“He needs the resources to get his message out about change and fight back against the half-truths that will be coming from right-wing Republicans in Washington,— the e-mail read.

Democrats have attempted to target Souder’s conservative district in recent cycles but have had little success. The district gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 56 percent of the vote in 2008,

Souder defeated Hayhurst, 54 percent to 46 percent, in 2006. Democrats’ 2008 nominee, attorney Michael Montagano, performed even worse and lost to Souder by a 15-point margin.