On paper, Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young looks to be in the catbird seat as he seeks a second term next year. He sits on a war chest approaching $5 million. He’s undefeated, having dispatched since 2010 current or former members of Congress including Mike Sodrel, Baron Hill, Marlin Stutzman and in 2016 defeated Democrat Evan Bayh by 10 percent. His reelection comes in a mid-term cycle that normally favors the party that does not control the White House.
Waiting in the wings is five-term Democratic Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who filed last week for the challenge. McDermott is following a path forged by Hoosier lawmakers John Brademas, Phil Sharp, Mike Pence and Dick Lugar, which is to seek a seat in Congress after suffering a defeat in his first attempt.