John Gregg. Eric Holcomb. Evan Bayh. Jennifer McCormick. Jim Banks. 
All these names will be on the ballot this fall.
Gregg and Holcomb are vying to be governor. McCormick wants to be the state’s next schools chief. Bayh wants to head back to the U.S. Senate, and Banks is looking replace Marlin Stutzman as the area’s next U.S. Representative in Washington.  
These should be familiar names to Jay County voters. That’s because all five of them have made trips to the county this election cycle. 
In making the trek to this rural county, each has practiced some shoe-leather campaigning. All have shaken hands with voters. Banks walked in last week’s homecoming parade. Bayh spoke at a recent Democrat dinner. Holcomb even shot hoops at Jay Community Center. 
Such visits show that each candidate understands Politics 101, because winning the statewide and congressional seats is all about adding up wins in as many counties as possible. 
The candidate with the most counties next to his or her name usually wears the crown. 
That’s some friendly advice for Todd Young, the Republican candidate in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race. 
He’s yet to step foot in Jay County. He most likely won’t before the Nov. 8 general election. 
Jay Kenworthy, communications director for Young’s campaign, told me this week there’s no visit to Jay County currently on the candidate’s schedule. 
That’s disappointing.
Young, who currently represents Indiana’s 9th congressional district, is missing an opportunity to sure up votes here in Jay County. They are votes he’ll need.  
To be fair, Young isn’t oblivious to statewide campaign tactics. He has visited around 80 counties of Indiana 92 counties, Kenworthy said. 
But as news outlet and pundits suggest the race between him and Bayh is tightening up, Young would be smart to barnstorm the remaining counties he hasn’t visited, especially Jay County. 
That’s because Bayh has had tremendous success winning moderate Republican and independent voters in his political career. 
He’s wooed such voters in Jay County. 
Here’s evidence: Even as George H.W. and George W. Bush took home presidential wins in Jay in 1988, 1992 and 2004, Bayh handily won the county in races for governor and senate.
Young would also be smart to visit Jay County because Bayh has been on the ground here to make his pitch.
He spoke to local Democrats last weekend, and an article highlighting his agenda was published in Monday’s edition of The Commercial Review. 
In Jay County, Bayh pitched himself as the pro-family, pro-worker and pro-senior candidate. He painted Young as the nemesis to those ideals.
One reason Young hasn’t been to Jay County is because of May’s GOP primary dynamics. Running against Stutzman for the nomination, Young largely avoided smaller counties in his opponent’s congressional district, which includes Jay.  
That strategy paid off. Young took home 67 percent of vote statewide and 79 of Indiana’s 92 counties. All 13 counties he lost are either part of Indiana’s 3rd congressional district or border it.
The 3rd district is Republican-rich and Young’s campaign probably sees it as a GOP stronghold come November. In fact, the campaign is confident it will get plenty of Republican and independent votes in the area. 
While the candidate hasn’t been in Jay County, Kenworthy said the campaign in reaching out in other ways. They include social media, advertisements and mailers. 
Young has also made multiple visits to Fort Wayne, which is the area’s local television market. 
“We definitely have made an effort to get our message out there,” he said, referring to the 3rd district. 
But such a statement relies on the assumption voters actually read mailers, are active on social media, watch local news and don’t flip channels during commercials.
Confidence and assumption are dangerous attributes in politics. Young’s campaign doesn’t need to rely on them.
It might be easier to just visit Jay County.