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Todd Young Remains on Indiana GOP Senate Primary Ballot

Young's place on the ballot has been challenged. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a laborious and at times heated hearing Friday afternoon, Indiana's Election Commission voted not to uphold combined challenges to Rep. Todd Young's appearing on the GOP Senate primary ballot.  

Democrats challenged Young's place on the ballot earlier this month, arguing that he submitted fewer signatures from the 1st District than the requisite 500. The Indiana Election Division found Young's campaign had 501 signatures from the 1st District.  

Coats Says Stutzman's Challenge to Young is 'Unseemly'

Coats has thus far remained neutral in the race to replace him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In an interview Tuesday with ABC's "Indianapolis This Week," retiring Sen. Dan Coats criticized GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman for what he called his "unseemly" ballot challenge to fellow GOP Rep. Todd Young's candidacy and suggested he may rethink remaining neutral in the race.  

"I think they're going to have to account for the fact that it looked awfully self-serving before we even knew what the facts were," Coats said, calling on Stutzman to apologize to Republicans in the state. "I've said I wouldn't endorse, but I've also said I want this to be a fair choice for the Hoosier people — that I shouldn't be the one dictating who should be that candidate. But this was unseemly, and I think so self-serving that I may re-evaluate that."  

National Republicans Side With Indiana's Todd Young in Fight Over Ballot Access

Young is running for Senate in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Indiana Democratic Party’s decision to challenge Rep. Todd Young’s petitions to be on the Senate primary ballot amounted to voter deprivation, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Thursday.  

The party has formally challenged Young, the third-term Republican, accusing him of failing to file the requisite number of signatures to appear on the Indiana ballot. If successful, the move could eliminate Young from the primary ballot and elevate Rep. Marlin Sutzman, who Indiana Democrats view as easier for former Democratic Rep. Baron Hill to beat in November. "The only thing Democrats know is they don't want to run against any of our candidates and they saw an opportunity to throw up a press release about this. They’re going to fail, lose and lose this seat," said Ward Baker, the NRSC's executive director, at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington.  

Former Coats Staffer Withdraws From Indiana Senate Race

Holcomb, former chief of staff to Coats, above, is no longer running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three days after Indiana's filing deadline, Eric Holcomb, former chief of staff to Sen. Dan Coats, withdrew from the race to replace his former boss in the Senate.  

Holcomb filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State's office at 11:33 a.m. Monday to withdraw his name as a candidate. The deadline to withdrawn was noon.  

Time Is Running Out for Senate Primaries Fundraising

Duckworth has outraised her primary and general election opponents. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For several of this year's competitive Senate primaries, the fourth quarter of 2015 was the last fundraising quarter before primary day.  

In Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina, voters go to the polls on March 15, a month before the next Federal Election Commission fundraising report deadline. In all three of those states, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has backed the better-known candidate, who, unsurprisingly, raised more money from October through December of 2015. In Illinois, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, the DSCC's pick , raised $1.6 million, beating the $314,000 haul of her closest primary opponent, former Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp. State Sen. Napoleon Harris reportedly raised about $1 million. Notably for Duckworth, she again slightly out-raised  vulnerable GOP Sen. Mark S. Kirk and substantially narrowed the gap between their cash-on-hand totals.  

8 Senate Races to Watch as 4th Quarter Fundraising Ends

The fourth quarter will be Hassan's first to file as a Senate candidate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the end of the year comes the end of another fundraising quarter. And while campaigns are not required to file their quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission until Jan. 31, now begins a month of speculation about who will end the year on a high note and who will ring in 2016 needing to step up their cash game. New HampshireIn the battle for the Senate, all eyes will be on New Hampshire, where Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan will be filing her first quarterly report since entering the race to unseat GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte in October. In what’s expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country, Hassan’s haul will be closely scrutinized to see how she compares to Ayotte, who has more than $5 million in cash on hand. North Carolina:  This will also be the first fundraising quarter for former state Rep. Deborah Ross , one of the Democrats vying to take on GOP Sen. Richard Burr. Ross has emerged as Washington Democrats’ preferred candidate after several top recruits, including former Sen. Kay Hagan, passed on the race, but she hasn’t received any formal endorsements from the D.C. establishment. This quarter will go a long way toward clarifying how competitive Ross will be against No. 7 on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable senators . Maryland Senate:  Until primary day, fundraising reports are one of the few metrics available to assess who’s pulling away in intraparty matchups.

We’ll be watching to see whether the $1 million that EMILY’s List invested in TV and radio spots on her behalf can help Edwards close the gap before the April 26 primary.

Democrats Prepare for the Unlikely in Senate Races

Democrats recruited a candidate to take on Boozman in 2016 — a tough task in a normal political environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona, Arkansas and Missouri look like unlikely pickups for Democratic Senate candidates to win in 2016. But Democrats are preparing for the unlikely.  

You don't need to look any further back than 2012, when despite a favorable GOP climate, mistakes by two favored Republican candidates kept the party from winning control of the Senate.  

Democrats Hope Baron Hill Can Follow Donnelly's Path to the Senate

Donnelly won in Indiana by 6 points in 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Indiana Rep. Baron P. Hill's road to the Senate won't be any easy one, but Democrats think they have a roadmap to get him there.  

Although Hill declared his candidacy in mid-May , in the middle of the 2nd quarter, he raised just $151,000 with $143,000 in the bank. That included a $2,700 donation from Indiana native son singer John Mellencamp. Meanwhile, Rep. Todd Young, one of three Republicans in the race, posted a $1 million haul in the 2nd quarter, before even declaring his Senate candidacy .  

Todd Young Announces Indiana Senate Bid

Young's background has appeal to both the tea party and pragmatic Republican bases in Indiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., will run for Senate in the Hoosier State, he announced Sunday, becoming the third Republican to enter a competitive race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.  

"Everything in my life I owe to God, my family, the Naval Academy and the Marine Corps," Young said in a video announcing his candidacy shared first with CQ Roll Call. "The best way I can think of to give back is to ensure that every Hoosier family enjoys a better future. That's why I'm running for U.S. Senate."  

Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

Jesmer will help Stutzman's Senate bid. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana's open Senate contest , has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Democrats, who will attempt to pick up the seat in 2016, are hoping to paint Stutzman as the type of fringe, tea party candidate that has caused the GOP troubles in cycles past. But Stutzman's senior leadership lineup includes former top aides at the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as GOP consultants well-respected on Capitol Hill — a move that signals is willing to shed that image.