Jillian Bandes

Johannes said the “plants” at the meetings were “obvious,” in that Hill had stacked the crowd with Obamacare supporters who were guaranteed to ask softball questions and make the Congressman look good. But time and time again, Hill has come out looking like nothing but a buffoon. Hill’s staff has also been evasive when constituents have tried to place phone calls and inquire about legislation.

“I called his office sometimes weekly, in the past, and they don’t respond to calls,” Johannes said.

McCain won the district by a 2 point margin in 2008, but this pro-life rural area is known for shifting with the political tides. Hill matched up with GOP contender Mike Sodrel four times in a row, and Young’s triumph over Sodrel in the primary seemed to indicate that voters were looking for a fresh face. Republicans are hoping that the need for a fresh face will carry over from the primary election into the general election.

“Hill can't be considered much of a favorite in this climate,” writes analyst Charlie Cook. “As Hill's loss to Sodrel in 2004 showed, just the slightest national breeze can loosen Democrats' grip on this seat.”

Young, of course, is chomping at the bit to take down Hill on November 2. He’s specifically pushing an agenda of fiscal conservatism, and aggressively attacking Hill’s support for cap-and-trade.

“My message is resonating with conservative voters of all political stripes. We started very early, and we worked very hard to build a presence in each of the 20 counties,” said Young. “We’ve raised a whole lot of money from small dollar donors. There’s an anti-incumbent, anti-Washington sentiment prevailing in Indiana.”


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com