He isn’t running yet. But conservative Mike Pence is ahead in the polls.

In a recent Rasmussen poll, Pence, a U.S. Rep for Indiana’s 6th District, is beating Indiana’s Sen. Evan Bayh (D), the incumbent, by three points, 47% to 44%. Except Pence hasn’t announced his candidacy. In fact, no one’s saying whether he’ll run for the seat or not.

Today, I asked his office if Pence would be running, thinking of running, talking about running, or at least considering warming up with calisthenics and a good stretching regiment. His Communications Director Daniel Son sent me this message:

“At this point all I can give you is the following statement attributable to Matt Lloyd, Mr. Pence’s spokesman:
‘Mr. Pence is flattered by the outpouring of support from Hoosiers across the state. He and Mrs. Pence will give the matter prayerful consideration. In the meantime, he remains focused on serving his constituents in Indiana and electing a Republican Majority in the House in 2010.'”

What we don’t know is if Pence plans to run for the Senate office or if his Communications Director Daniel Son was named before the Karate Kid movies or after.

What we do know is that Pence is a steadfast conservative – pro-tax cuts, pro-life, for smaller government, opposed to Obama’s feverish spending, against closing Guantanamo Bay, and focused on job creation.

And we know he’s ahead of an incumbent Democrat Senator without even running, an even more impressive feat than winning a Nobel Peace Prize for reading off a teleprompter.

Pence’s numbers, broken down into categories, look even better:
Independents – Pence, 42/Bayh 40
Younger Voters – Pence 46/Bayh 34
And it appears Republicans, women, and puppies like him, too. He’s just a likable guy all around.

So this question goes out to any RINOs out there, though I won’t mention any names – **cough** David Brooks, **cough, cough** Olympia Snowe, **cough** Lindsey Graham…pardon me, clearing away some obstruction in my throat – are you paying attention?