Washington — Facing a backlash from the liberal wing of their party, Sen. Evan Bayh and other centrist Democrats are examining their re-election options and deciding to simply walk away, political analysts note.
“Because Democrats are scared, some people are saying it’s not worth it … there’s not a place for my voices,” said political analyst Jennifer Donahue. “It’s looking like an exodus — between him and Sen. Chris Dodd and open seats that look like they could easily be Republican pickups.”
But it’s not just centrist Democrats feeling the heat from the edges of their party — former GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth announced on Monday that he would take on Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s last presidential candidate, in his home state of Arizona.