Races to watch locally are the Robert Behning-Michael Scott race in House District 91, which takes up part of the southwest portion of Marion County with about half of the district in Hendricks County. Behning has tried to move to he right of Scott, a union electrician, by pointing out labor contributions. Scott ran against Behning in 2012 and garnered nearly 37% of the vote, a huge number for a challenger to a long-time incumbent. This time
On the opposite side of Indianapolis, the Northeast, there is a battle taking place involving long-time Senator Jim Merritt and challenger Crystal LaMotte, LaMotte is former spokeswoman for Crisis Pregnancy Centers and Right to Life of Indianapolis. She has criticized Merritt for his votes to remove the civil union ban from the
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Probably the challenger with the best chance of an upset is Curt Nisly running in House District 22 which includes Kosciusko and Elkhart counties. Representative Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse has drawn the angst of the tea party as well as religious conservatives. Kubacki has been targeted by Indiana Family Action, the political action arm of the Indiana Family Institute. Kubacki has been accused of flip-flopping on the marriage issue and has riled constituents with comments suggesting she would listen only to "education professionals" and not to constituents when it came to education reform issues. Of the four, I think Nisly has the best chance of scoring an election upset today.