Pence Won't Run for Senate
But Bayh is still very vulnerable.
11:44 AM, Jan 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Indiana Republican congressman Mike Pence will announce today that he will not challenge Democratic senator Evan Bayh in 2010. "I am staying for two reasons," Pence will write in a letter to supporters, according to Red State's Erick Erickson. "First because I have been given the responsibility to shape the Republican comeback as a member of the House Republican Leadership and, second, because I believe Republicans will win back the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010."
Yesterday, a Rasmussen poll showed Pence leading Bayh by 3 points. Pence may have been the strongest GOP candidate for the Indiana Senate race, but Bayh remains very much in danger of losing his seat. He didn't poll above 50% against any of his potential challengers. As Michael Barone writes: