Indiana Pols Avoid Obama/ Clinton Decision

Host of factors makes five House Dems wary of May 6 endorsement
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
An Indiana man wears a Hillary Clinton button in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Indiana is poised to become a major battleground in the Democratic presidential race, but Indiana’s Democratic House representatives look like they’re ducking the firefight. Four of the five are in their first terms, seemingly unwilling to risk angering party brass or alienating voters. Indiana’s contest looks incredibly close, Politico reports, and no one can discern which horse is winning.

In a sometimes-red state, the representatives are wary of getting too close to either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Others fear angering Sen. Even Bayh, thought to be on Clinton’s VP shortlist. But since all five are superdelegates, they “have got to be praying that this thing gets wrapped up before the superdelegates really have to weigh in,” one analyst said.