Republicans line up for Bayh's seat

Feb. 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- One day after Evan Bayh said he would not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate from Indiana, two Republicans had submitted their paperwork.

Bayh Monday said he was fed up with the way things work -- or don't -- in Washington, just days before the filing deadline for nominating petitions for Indiana's May 4 primary elections.

Republican state Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe turned in his nominating petitions to the secretary of state Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reported. Financial adviser Don Bates Jr. filed his last week. At least three other Republicans also were expected to seek Bayh's job: former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler and plumbing company owner Richard Behney of Fishers.

On the Democratic side, the only declared candidate, Tamyra d'Ippolito, failed to collect enough petition signatures, so the state central committee will select a nominee, the Star said.

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