IN Focus: Hoosier Democrats hoping for post-convention momentum

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PHILADELPHIA – Indiana Democrats revealed to the nation this week what they’ve been hoping for and vigorously working to achieve in the upcoming election.

“In 2008, Indiana turned blue for the first time since 1964,” said Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) in the roll call nominating speech.

The proclamation was quickly followed by a hopeful promise on the floor of the DNC convention.

“Madam Secretary,” Vi Simpson said. “We’re gonna turn Indiana blue one more time!”

Nowhere is the push more evident than in the race for U.S. Senate, after the surprise move to replace Democrat Baron Hill on the November Ballot with former Sen. Evan Bayh.

“This is a difference between who we are, what we believe in,” Hill told FOX59 in an interview Wednesday at the Indiana delegation hotel. “Yes it was a hard decision for me. I’ve never walked away from a fight, but I did this time and encouraged Evan to run because the stakes are so high.”

Hill received a standing ovation at the delegation breakfast, where Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) told delegates the task won’t be easy.

“I think Indiana’s role is absolutely central,” he said in an interview. “I think when you look at our state, it’s going to be a hard-fought campaign at the presidential level.”

Delegates were challenged to leave no voter unturned between now and November, in every key race, from the president to senate and governor’s office.

“Indiana always matters, so you never know,” Carson said. “I think each presidential candidate will have to make a huge investment in our state to ultimately win this thing.”