Pence 47, Bayh 44
A new Rasmussen poll has Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) trailing Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)–rumored to be interested in a challenge, in the wake of the Massachusetts upset–by only three points.
Bayh, who was on nobody’s list of endangered Democrats last month, is the sort of senator who found himself endangered in last two elections of the Bush presidency. He regularly visits TV studios to state his concerns with the administration’s policies. But he never really votes against them. Complaints about, for example, how much Congress is spending, are matched with votes for more spending. It’s a tactic that’s sapped Bayh’s credibility with conservatives and angered liberals.