Democrat Evan Bayh says he's unlikely to seek return to Indiana governor's office in 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS — Democrat Evan Bayh said it's unlikely that he'll run again for Indiana governor, but that he will make a final decision on the matter soon.

The former U.S. senator and two-term governor told WFYI-FM's "No Limits" show (http://bit.ly/YIrBtp ) that he will decide whether to re-enter Indiana politics again after his twin sons leave for college later this month.

Bayh, who was governor from 1989 to 1997, said one factor he's considering is whether he could be effective as governor given the strong Republican hold on the state Legislature.

"It's unfortunately, from my point of view, very divided along partisan lines," he said. "Given the current makeup of the state Legislature and the way the maps are drawn, I just wonder whether my style of leadership would be feasible right now."

Bayh, 59, retired from the Senate in 2010 after easily winning election for two terms. His campaign fund still had nearly $10 million in it at the end of June.

His discussion of possibly returning to Indiana and run for governor has put other possible Democratic candidates in limbo. Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg, who lost a narrow race to Republican Gov. Mike Pence in 2012, and Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott have discussed seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Bayh said he expected to announce a decision about a possible gubernatorial run soon after Labor Day.

"I have said that for a variety of reasons it's unlikely," Bayh said. "I won't keep people waiting long."

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