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Tennessean Spends Big To Make Hoosiers Get To Know Him

Hollingsworth is running for the seat being vacated by Young, above. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After spending $221,000 on the air in Indiana's 9th District over the past five weeks, Indiana Jobs Now, a super PAC backing Republican Trey Hollingsworth, has released an internal poll suggesting that the Tennessee transplant is gaining traction in the district.  

The live caller poll  of 600 likely Republican primary voters from National Research Inc. puts Hollingsworth's name recognition at 61 percent, closely trailing the 70 percent who recognize Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who's also running for the open seat. Three-term Rep. Todd Young is running for the GOP nomination for Senate. Conducted Feb. 21-23 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, the poll's ballot test put Hollingsworth at the top of the five candidates surveyed. Hollingsworth garnered 17 percent, followed by Zoeller with 16 percent and state Sen. Erin Houchin with 9 percent. Trailing the field were state Sen. Brent Walz with 4 percent and engineer Robert Hall with 3 percent.  

Democrats Look to Expand Map in Indiana — Just in Case

Democrats are hoping that the presidential race could grant them more openings at the congressional level, including in Walorski's district. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Apart from the 7th District in the middle and the 1st District in the northwest, Indiana's congressional map is entirely red.  

But several Democrats are mounting challenges to GOP incumbents or going after an open seat currently held by a Republican — a sign that Democrats are looking to keep their options open should the presidential race make the state's map more competitive.  

Democrat Runs For House Seat in Southern Indiana

Former state Rep. Bill Bailey, a Democrat, is scheduled to announce his candidacy against Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., in the Hoosier State's 9th District.

On Wednesday, Bailey will make his announcement in two population centers in the southern Indiana district: the Social Security Administration offices in Bloomington and New Albany.

Todd Young for ... ? #INSEN #INGOV

Young represents the 9th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When does a website signal a politician's aspirations? When it changes.

An aide for Rep. Todd Young, a savvy Republican from southern Indiana, emailed reporters on Wednesday morning to announce the campaign is transitioning from its old website, ToddYoungforCongress.com, to a new URL, ToddYoung.org. The campaign's social-media accounts are transitioning to a similar name.