BREAKING: IN-SEN: Ellsworth In

The Indiana Democratic Party is likely to select Rep. Brad Ellsworth as their candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

Ellsworth, a decorated sheriff, was first elected to Congress in 2006. He defeated 6-term Congressman John Hostettler–who was first elected as part of the GOP’s 1994 takeover of the House–61 to 39, the most lopsided margin of defeat for  any incumbent that year.

The Indiana Democratic Party is also expected to tap state Rep. Trent Van Haaften as their candidate for Ellsworth’s seat.