Pence rules out run against Bayh

Josh Kraushaar

Despite a late recruitment push from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) announced he won’t be challenging Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) this year, and will instead seek re-election to the House.

Republicans have grown increasingly bullish on their chances at winning Bayh’s Indiana Senate seat in light of the worsening political environment for Democrats, but don’t have a strong candidate willing to take him on — at least not yet.

Pence led Bayh in a Rasmussen poll released yesterday, and Bayh polled under 50 percent against two other possible Republican challengers.

ALSO: As a colleague points out, Pence is aiming to be in the presidential mix for 2012, and if he won the Senate race, it would take him out of that picture.

The complete article is at Politico.

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