Roll Call newspaper (subscription required) ran an excellent article today on the potential 2008 Democratic contenders, from red states, and their chances at carrying their home states. The article also discussed what impact that would have on the candidates' chances for winning election. The only one not mentioned was Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) who was examined in an earlier edition.
Topping the list of candidates was Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), whom Roll Call desribed as a "committed moderate with a squeaky-clean image." The article stated the point that I have been advocating for a long time: that "in a close election, he could pull Indiana’s 11 electoral votes — and possibly the support of other Midwestern battlegrounds."
Senator Bayh, has a strong record in Indiana both as a governor and a senator, and is currently holding an approval rating of around 60% in the state. That is no small accomplishment in a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964. Keep your eye on Evan Bayh!
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that I am backing Senator Bayh for president, should he choose to run, and am also doing a small amount of work for his PAC.