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Eric Holcomb Exits U.S. Senate Race

Feb 8, 2016
Brandon Smith / IPBS

Former Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb has quit the race for U.S. Senate.

Holcomb formally pulled out of the race half an hour before the noon deadline to get his name off the May primary ballot.

His withdrawal leaves Republicans with a two-way race between Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and Todd Young (R-9th).

Holcomb was the first candidate to enter the race -- he jumped in days after Dan Coats announced his retirement last March.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

There's still only one House member running to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) next year -- at least for now.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) sent an e-mail Wednesday indicating he will not challenge former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) for the GOP nomination next year.

"While I am prepared to serve statewide again," the former Secretary of State writes, "If the question is ‘where can we do the most good for Indiana?’," Rokita feels the answer for him is still in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Baron Hill Enters Senate Race

Jun 3, 2015
Andrew Olanoff / WFIU

Former Congressman Baron Hill (D- 9th) has announced he’ll seek the seat of retiring Republican Senator Dan Coats. Hill is the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. 

Hill’s online statement says he hopes run a campaign focused on middle-income Hoosiers.

"I’m going to fight for the middle class people in the state, many of which have not caught up with the economic recovery. That’s going to be my focus and I’ll focus like a laser beam on it," Hill says.

Free-for-all Could Ensue For Coats' Senate Seat

Jun 1, 2015
courtesy Dan Coats

The field for the seat of the retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) may not be complete yet. Former Coats and Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) are already seeking the Republican nomination. But Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) hasn‘t ruled it out, and says he‘s laying groundwork in case he decides to take the plunge.

"In due time we will make known my family’s decision, my own decision… It should be soon enough," Young says.

Brandon Smith / IPBS

Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

courtesy Christina Hale

The feeding frenzy sure to follow the announcement of a U.S. Senate seat coming open in Indiana commenced in earnest Wednesday, with a bevy of current and former politicians saying they’re considering trying to replace Dan Coats (R-IN).

Rep. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), who toyed with running for Indy mayor before deciding against it, now says he thinks his platform may be better suited for an even higher office.

U.S. Senate / http://www.coats.senate.gov/

U.S. Senator Dan Coats Tuesday announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

Coats had spoken in recent months about whether to run again, noting that how Congress functioned with Republican majorities would play a major role. 

In a video statement Tuesday, the Hoosier Senator said choosing not to run was not an easy decision. 

“While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders,” he says in the video.

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