IN Focus: Young attacks Bayh on residency, dodges questions on Trump

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INDIANAPOLIS - Senate candidate Todd Young (R-IN) is hoping to close the gap against his opponent, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

A new poll from Monmouth University shows Bayh with a 7-point lead, a much smaller gap than had been suggested by an internal poll released last week that showed Bayh ahead by 26 percent.

In the video above, Young claims his campaign is gaining momentum, especially after a week that may have put Bayh in a corner dealing with questions about his residency and voting status in Indiana.

According to a report from CNN, election officials have Bayh's voting status listed as "inactive" because they couldn’t confirm that he lived in Indianapolis, after sending multiple postcards to Bayh's Indianapolis address.

Bayh also has a home in the Washington, DC area.

Another CNN report outlined a series of circumstances that seemed to suggest Bayh had not spent much time at all at his home in Indianapolis.

Bayh’s communications director insists that’s not the case.

"His home is here, he pays taxes here," said Bayh spokesman Ben Ray. "Evan Bayh is a Hoosier."

"Evan Bayh has three multi million dollar mansions, and a $50,000 condo here in Indianapolis," said Young on this week's edition of IN Focus. "That strains credibility." 

Young trails Bayh in the polls, and in fundraising, but he's getting some big name help next month from former President George W. Bush, who's visiting Indiana to help raise money for the Young campaign.

At the same time, some Republicans have been calling for the party to shift funding away from Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and towards down-ballot candidates like Young.

And this year's bizarre Presidential race has often put candidates like Young in a difficult spot- while Young says he "supports the GOP nominee" he's also shown some signs that he may be distancing himself from the Trump campaign.

Young didn't attend Trump's fundraiser last week in Evansville, or the meeting Trump held with Congressional Republicans earlier this summer.

Young also stayed away from the Republican convention in Cleveland.

In the video above, Young is asked about Trump's controversial remarks on the Gold Star family that spoke at the DNC in Philadelphia.

Young was reluctant to comment, but when pressed, said he was troubled by Trump's remarks.

 "I was troubled, as a Marine (by the comments)," said Young. "I think most Hoosiers were troubled."

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