Cornfield Standings – 100 Days

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As of today there are 100 days until the November 8th General Election. This election may be one of the most crucial in decades.

Not only do we have a host of local and state elections occurring, but the both the US House of Representatives and US Senate face either retaining Republican control or either or both turning over to the Democrats.

Then there is the change in guard in the nation’s two highest offices – the President and the Vice President. Who wins the election for the Oval Office will also impact the direction of the US Supreme court for generations.

Each Saturday between now and Election Day, I will show where the top state and national candidates rate as far as getting my vote.

From the President to Governor to Senator and Representative, you can see how I am leaning from week to week.

President:

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Donald Trump 1 Ear of Corn
  • Democrat Hillary Clinton 0 Ears of Corn
  • Green Party Jill Stein 0 Ears of Corn

US Senator:

  • Democrat Evan Bayh – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Todd Young – 0 Ears of Corn

8th District Congressional Representative:

  • Republican Dr. Larry Buschon – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Democrat Ron Drake – 0 Ears of Corn

Indiana Governor:

  • Democrat John Gregg – 4 Ears of Corn
  • Republican Eric Holcomb – 2 Ears of Corn

This does not mean between now and November my mind can’t be changed. This is just how I am leaning at this point in time.

From the Cornfield, and how are you leaning in your state and national elections?

Hoosier Politics Getting Interesting

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What looked to be a rehash of the 2012 election between Governor Mike Pence and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg may not happen. And that lock it looked like the GOP would keep on retiring Senator Dan Coates seat may not be so safe after all.

The Governor is in the running to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick. He will campaign in Indianapolis tomorrow with Trump.

A decision from Trump is expected this week on this Veep pick. However, Pence must decide between now and Friday whether to pull out of his re-election bid. Indiana law will not allow him to run for both a state and federal office at the same time.

Hoosier Republicans, according to scuttlebutt, are now racing to find someone else to run against Democrat Gregg or kiss the Governor’s Mansion good-bye.

A couple of weeks ago I noted that like in 2012, I would be backing Gregg for Governor against Pence. That may change depending on who the GOP puts up to run against him if Pence pulls out of the race.

Now we hear that former Congressman and perennial Democratic candidate Baron Hill announced today he is dropping out of his bid to replace Coates in the US Senate.

Rumor has it Hill, who has been struggling as he faces Congressman Todd Young, a shoe-in to replace the retiring senior Indiana Senator, bid farewell today to make room for another of the Cornfield’s favorite sons.

I may have to rethink who I am voting for Senate now too.

The word on the street is that former, very popular Governor and former, very popular Senator Evan Bayh is putting his name in the hat for a return to the body he left in 2010, calling it too partisan in Washington, DC.

Bayh, who is also the son of a former Senator, the late Birch Bayh, is more moderate and someone Republicans even like. He is a co-founder of the non-partisan No Labels organization.

Yep, Hoosier politics may be getting very interesting indeed.

From the Cornfield, forget the national election, we have a real-live, political slug fest about to happen here at home.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride to outdo anything Holiday World has to offer and waves to beat anything at Indiana Beach.

For me, it’s back to search and research and then search some more before tipping my vote one way or the other.

Talk about splitting a ticket!

Good thing I am an independent moderate.