Practically from the moment he resigned, speculation began on which Republicans would seek to replace Mark Souder. Souders sudden departure cleared the way for a number of congressional aspirants, offering an unexpectedly open seat up for grabs.
It will take fewer than 275 votes to be the Republican candidate against Tom Hayhurst. Thats because only about 520 GOP precinct committeemen from eight counties will decide who will run for Congress in a special election for the rest of Souders term and for the regular election Nov. 2. About half of those precinct committeemen are from Allen County, but that doesnt mean the next candidate will be from Allen County, particularly if the local delegation splits its votes among several candidates.
The playing field is moving quickly, with names added to and removed from the list by the day. Even some who have said they wont run might; even some who said they will run might not as they see who else is in the race. As of now, though, heres a look at some of the possible candidates and their chances of winning the Republican nomination, with the handicapping by Editorial Page Editor Tracy Warner.