INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Baron Hill, who has faced weeks of rumors that he’ll retire from Congress next year to run for Indiana governor in 2012, said he is considering a gubernatorial bid but will first run for another term in the House.
Hill’s comments came just days after the National Republican Congressional Committee sent out an e-mail about the Indiana Democrat’s so-called “retirement jitters.”
Raleigh, N.C. – Voters across the country are unhappy with both the Democrats and
Republicans in Congress right now. and that’s opening the door for independent
candidates to possibly have some success in 2010.
40% of registered voters say they would vote Democratic for Congress if the election was held today, with 29% preferring the Republicans and 22% saying their support would go to an independent or third party candidate. Asked to choose just between the two major parties the Democrats lead 48-40.
Next year’s elections are starting to look like a choice between bad and worse, if we are to believe the most recent batch of polling data, including the consistently reliable NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The Sept. 17-20 survey, conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart of Hart Research Associates and Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, shows President Barack Obama’s job approval at 51 percent.
With an approval rating of 22 percent in the most recent survey, they don’t have much further to fall.