Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Former Senator Dan Coats To Challenge Evan Bayh

Chris Dickson and U.S. Senator Dan Coats

Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats plans to announce Wednesday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in November, a senior Republican official told POLITICO.

Coats held the seat Bayh currently occupies for 10 years before retiring in 1998. Since leaving Congress, he has worked as a lobbyist and served as U.S. ambassador to Germany during the George W. Bush administration.

"Coats deciding to run is a product of the environment we're in right now," the GOP official said. "This is a great opportunity for us. We have a real player on the field that they weren't expecting us to have."

Former Rep. John Hostettler and state Sen. Marlin Stutzman are already in the race on the Republican side.

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