Stakes are high in race for US Senate

The three candidates for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat, from left, Libertarian Lucy Brenton, Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Todd Young participate in a debate in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The Indiana campaign has become a key national race as Democrats try to capture the seat now held by retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats and overturn the GOP's narrow Senate majority. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The three candidates for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat, from left, Libertarian Lucy Brenton, Democrat Evan Bayh and Republican Todd Young participate in a debate in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. The Indiana campaign has become a key national race as Democrats try to capture the seat now held by retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats and overturn the GOP's narrow Senate majority. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With several key issues on the table, the stakes are high in the race for U.S. Senate.

As Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats makes his way out of office, Hoosier voters will decide his replacement. As one of the most highly anticipated races in Indiana, Democrat Evan Bayh, Republican Todd Young and Libertarian Lucy Brenton are bidding for the job.

As Tuesday approaches, candidates are making last-ditch efforts to rally support.

“We’ve got a head start, but we got hard work yet to do,” said Democratic candidate Evan Bayh. “We gotta knock on those doors and make those phone calls.”

Republican candidate Todd Young said, “Your vote is representative of your beliefs about which direction the country should go and who is best equipped to carry it in that direction.”

Evan Bayh’s political career began 30 years ago, serving as Indiana’s secretary of state from 1986-1989. He served as Indiana’s governor from 1989-1997. After a successful run for U.S. Senate in ’98, Bayh served as senator from 1999-2011.

After leaving politics five years ago, he wants back in the game.

Bayh’s major focal points: saving social security, affordable college education and keeping jobs in the U.S.

“I will always be the kind of leader that will try to bring us together to find common ground and build on together to build a future that is more prosperous and decent and just for all of us together,” Bayh said.

Serving in the military for more than 10 years, three-term congressman Todd Young represents Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.

Quality education, good paying jobs and affordable health care are among some of the issues he’d like to bring to Washington.

“I’m someone that will fight for Hoosier values. I’m a common-sense Hoosier conservative,” Young said. “My family and I, we live here in Indiana; and I’m a Marine prepared to fight for those values on behalf of Hoosiers in Washington.”

Lucy Brenton serves as secretary of the Hamilton County Libertarian Party.

She has a variety of topics she’d like to focus on such as illegal immigration, foreign policy and gun rights.

“My entire life, the Republicans and the Democrats have alternated in power and the only thing that’s happened is that we have gotten less rights, less freedom,” Brenton said.

According to a Monmouth University poll released last week – Bayh and Young are tied at 45 percent while Brenton brings in 4 percent of the vote.