October 22nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: Indiana's 8th leaning GOP

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:
IN 08: Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) is running for Senate in Indiana leaving an open seat.
Primary: May 4, 2010
Days until the election: 11

Indiana's 8th congressional district comes with voters who definitely lean to the more conservative side of the political spectrum, and in a year when conservatives are making a come-back, this one is a key for the GOP. Since the district's representative, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, a Democrat, has decided to run for the state's open Senate seat, this seat is up for grabs, and it's looking more and more like Republicans will take this seat on November 2.

Trent VanHaaften, an Indiana state senator, has run as a tough prosecutor, but in this election year for Democrats, it is even tougher to try to follow in Ellsworth's footsteps. Recent polls show Republican candidate Larry Bucshon, a heart surgeon, pulling ahead. Compounding VanHaaften's problems are Bucshon's successes in tieing his opponent to the health care bill and stimulus bill, two highly unpopular pieces of legislation in this GOP-leaning district.

Bucshon, who has been the favorite of the national Republican establishment since the early days of the Republican primary, successfully beat back a strong challenge by a Tea Party-backed candidate during the GOP primary and has gone on to run a good campaign, making inroads with district voters reacting to the anti-incumbent winds this year.

As of the end of September, both candidates' bank accounts were dwindling: Bucshon had $317,842 and VanHaaften had $259,446.

Unless there is a real game changer, this seat is Bucshon's to take.

Filed under: 2010 • Brad Ellsworth • CNN 100 • Indiana
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Indiana, do not be idiot in 21st century...o.k. vote dem....o.k, god bless you, GOP sold to Saudi Arabia, and China, don't you know the truth...????????????????????

    October 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Maggie

    Come on Indiana,if you vote gop or tee into office in Washington, their not going to be able to change anything at all. It will be a do nothing coarse for two more long years. They talk the talk,but won,t be able to do the walk!!! Latino communitys,please get out there and vote these bigots down,same to our Black Americans, dont let the gop get the upper hand again,or all of us are deep doo! Like the President said, Don,t let them drive us into the ditch again!!!1

    October 22, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. stevegee

    The citizens of the U.S.A. have two choices:

    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid – which will have the same results as all the other Socialist European countries, rioting and bankruptcy.


    Vote for freedom and liberty, a free market economy, and individual responsibility – vote Republican.

    October 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |