Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Indiana 9th – Rep. Baron Hill (D) is seeking a sixth term (third consecutive)
Primary: May 4, 2010
Location: Southeastern Indiana, stretching from Bloomington to the Kentucky border
Days until Election Day: 50
Democratic Rep. Baron Hill may finally be rid of a perennial political rival, but the always-difficult task of keeping his seat in Indiana's conservative-leaning 9th Congressional District appears to have gotten tougher.
(CNN) – Indiana Democratic Rep. Baron Hill told CNN Tuesday he's talking to Democratic state officials about a possible campaign to replace outgoing Sen. Evan Bayh.
Hill acknowledged his House colleague Brad Ellsworth, who announced last week he was running for Bayh's seat, has some support, but said he has received encouragement as well.
"A lot of people are undecided on the state committee. Some are favoring me. Some are favoring Brad," Hill told CNN.
The conservative Blue Dog Democrat was in Afghanistan when Bayh made his surprise announcement last week that he would retire in November. Hill indicated a decision on his own political plans will come in the next few days.
"I think I have to make it sooner rather than later. I think I need to make it this week," Hill said.
The Indiana Democratic Party's Central Committee will select the party's senate candidate, since no candidate filed the needed signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. The committee must wait until after the May 4 primary to select their candidate.