So, here’s my understanding of how Indiana law works in a situation like the one Evan Bayh has created. Tuesday — tomorrow — is the last day that a candidate can start collecting signatures for a Senate race. By Friday, that candidate needs to have 500 valid signatures in all nine of Indiana’s congressional districts.
What if no one qualifies for the ballot? That lets the party with no candidate pick its nominee by June. That’s what Democrats would like to happen here. The wrinkle is that Tamyra d’Ippolito, a first-time candidate, is already running, albeit reportedly having trouble with her last 1,000 signatures or so. If she qualifies for the race, Democrats would be forced to run a write-in campaign for the May 4 primary.