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Bayh Not a Candidate for Indiana Governor in 2016

Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh

The pool of high-profile Indiana Democrats running for Governor in 2016 has shrunk by one. Former Governor and Senator Evan Bayh says he won’t seek a return to the office he held from 1989 to 1997.

Bayh is a moderate Democrat who strongly considered a presidential run in 2008, before deciding not to run and endorsing Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He served two terms in the U.S. Senate but didn’t seek re-election in 2010.

While Bayh had earlier said it wasn’t likely he would run for Indiana’s governorship in two years, he has made it official with a definitive statement. That statement said the number of inquiries over his intentions was accelerating, and that he hoped his announcement “will enable others to step forward and offer their ideas for making Indiana a better place to live, work and raise and family.”

Still on the list of possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates are Indiana House Speaker John Gregg—who lost in 2012 to GOP Governor Mike Pence—and Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott

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