Indiana Democrat Thinks He'll Return to Capitol Hill

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Baron Hill campaigns at the municipal airport in Madison, Ind. He speaks to voter David Goodman. Hill's wife, Betty, is visible far right. hide caption

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Congressman Mike Sodrel is impatient with revisiting the war in Iraq. Unlike other Republican incumbents up for re-election, he is not seeking to distance himself from President Bush, whose photo (far left) sits on the book shelf in Sodrel's office. Reena Advani, NPR hide caption

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In 2004, Baron Hill lost his Indiana congressional seat to Republican Mike Sodrel by half a percentage point. Now, President Bush's numbers have fallen in Southeastern Indiana's ninth district — as well as statewide — and Hill thinks he's on his way back to Capitol Hill.

The incumbent, Sodrel, built his family's small transport company into a very successful business. Sodrel is well liked, with a reputation for straight talk. But this time, he's running in a year when more voters lean Democratic.

Right now, Hill is running ahead of Sodrel, according to published polls. But, like Indiana basketball, things can heat up in the last period.

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