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Indiana Senate: The Candidates

Nominees:
Evan Bayh (D) | Paul Helmke (R)

Primary Contenders:
Peter Rusthoven | John Price

Nominees
Paul Helmke (R)
More moderate than either Rusthoven or Price, Helmke, the Fort Wayne mayor, lost a 1980 bid for a U.S. House seat. He serves as chairman of the U.S. Council of Mayors.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: staff@inoffice.com

Evan Bayh (D)
Bayh first won election as governor in 1988 at age 32, breaking a 20-year Republican hold on the state's highest office. Reelected handily in 1992, Bayh enjoyed one of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the nation. A moderate, he served as secretary of state from 1986 to 1989, and gained a reputation as a savvy politician able to "out-Republican the Republicans" on certain issues. He stepped into the national spotlight in August 1996, delivering a less-than-scintillating keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Bayh's campaign war chest boasted more than $1 million in 1996, long before he left his gubernatorial post or publicly acknowledged his plans to run for the Senate. His name recognition, popularity and fund-raising prowess likely contributed to Republican incumbent Dan Coats's decision to not seek reelection and the 1996 gubernatorial victory of then-Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon (D). This race is also a family legacy for Bayh; he is running for the same seat his father, Birch Bayh (D), held from 1962 to 1980.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: campaign@bayh.org

Primary Contenders
Peter Rusthoven (R)
The first candidate to enter the race, Rusthoven had plenty of time to garner endorsements from Republican leaders statewide. An attorney, he is a political insider who served as an aide in the Reagan White House.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: prusthoven@rusthoven98.org

John Price (R)
Attorney John Price ran an unsuccessful bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in 1990. He strongly supports conservative social causes.
Campaign Web site
E-mail: families@johnprice98.com

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