Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth endorsed fellow Democrat Shelli Yoder on Friday in Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race. Yoder is facing Republican incumbent Todd Young in the fall campaign and has challenged him to a dozen debates across the district. The two campaigns have squabbled over the schedule of those forums in recent weeks. Yarmuth says he looks forward to having Yoder as a partner in Congress, adding that she is a practical thinker. "Shelli shares my commitment to making health care more affordable and insurance companies more accountable, protecting Medicare for this generation of seniors and the next, creating an economy that works for everyone, and standing up for our veterans," Yarmuth said in a news release. Yoder is still considered an underdog challenger who trails in fundraising, and the district has been redrawn to favor Republicans. But her campaign did gain some national attention for receiving support from former Vermont Governor Howard Dean's political action committee
. Earlier this year Democrats were confident that they would be able to win back the majority in the House this year, but observers now predict that shifting tides will allow the GOP to retain their control. From The New York Times
The overall dynamic favors Republicans, who look poised to maintain their hold on the House. More Democrats than Republicans have retired in districts where they were endangered, and more Republicans benefited from the decennial redistricting, leaving the Democrats with too small a cushion of Teflon incumbents as they try to regain a majority in the House. Of the 80 races viewed as most competitive by The New York Times, based on polls and interviews with independent analysts, 32 are leaning Republican, 23 are leaning Democratic and 25 are tossups.
Yoder also received a nod on Friday from former Indiana First Lady Judy O’Bannon, who said that Hoosiers "have a special opportunity this year to elect someone who is the real deal."