INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A wealthy political newcomer and a state senator won the Republican
primaries for Indiana’s two open congressional seats on Tuesday as
businessman Donald Trump scored a big victory in the presidential race and
Rep. Todd Young captured the GOP’s Senate nomination.
Bernie Sanders won
the state’s Democratic primary, scoring a narrow victory over front-runner
Two top leaders of
the Indiana Senate also turned aside primary challengers.
Trump collected at
least 51 of Indiana’s 57 Republican delegates to the party’s national
convention. Trump won 30 of those with his statewide victory. Texas Sen. Ted
Cruz suspended his campaign after losing in Indiana, and Ohio Gov. John
Kasich was expected to announce later on Wednesday that he also is quitting
the race, leaving Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee.
With 83 Democratic
delegates at stake, Sanders will gain at least 43. Clinton picked up at
least 37. Those are allocated based on their vote percentages in each
congressional district. The state has nine Democratic superdelegates, who
are members of Congress or party leaders and can support the candidate of
their choice regardless of the outcome of the primary outcome.
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Young won by a wide
margin after a contentious campaign against tea party-backed Rep. Marlin
Stutzman, who characterized Young as an establishment pawn at a time when
voters are increasingly frustrated with Washington. Young attacked Stutzman
as an ideologue who prioritizes obstructionism over passing legislation.
Republicans are looking for Young to keep party control of the seat that’s
opening up with the retirement of GOP Sen. Dan Coats. The November election
will see Young face former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, who was unopposed for the
Trey Hollingsworth, who moved to Indiana in September from Tennessee, won
the Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District.
victory comes after he and his father spent at least $1.7 million of their
own money on his campaign. Other Republicans accused Hollingsworth of trying
to buy the congressional seat, but his television commercial-heavy campaign
presented him as a political outsider.
he believed voters saw him as someone with business experience who can bring
change to Washington.
“We’re excited that
tens of thousands of Hoosiers put their trust into the campaign,” he told
The Associated Press. “I think democracy has worked.”
spanning from the Ohio River to the southern suburbs of Indianapolis is now
held by Republican Rep. Todd Young, who won the party’s nomination for the
field included Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state Sens. Erin
Houchin and Brent Waltz.
face Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder of Bloomington, a Monroe County
Council member who’s running again after a competitive 2012 loss to Young.
State Sen. Jim
Banks won the Republican primary for northeastern Indiana’s open 3rd
Congressional District seat.
legislator from Columbia City prevailed in a six-candidate field seeking to
replace U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who gave up the seat for his unsuccessful
from the backing of several national conservative groups in a campaign that
also included state Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne and agricultural business
owner Kip Tom of Leesburg.
The district that
includes Fort Wayne is solidly Republican and Banks will be a heavy favorite
to win the seat in the November general election. Banks was first elected to
the state Senate in 2010 and spent eight months in Afghanistan during
2014-15 as a member of the Navy Reserve.
The two most
powerful leaders of the Indiana Senate defeated Republican primary
challengers who criticized their handling of contentious issues in the
GOP-dominated General Assembly.
Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne and Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke
Kenley of Noblesville have been Republican power brokers over the past
decade at the Statehouse.
Long turned aside a
challenge from a college economics instructor who picked up support from
social conservatives critical of Long for pushing an unsuccessful proposal
this year that would have extended state anti-discrimination protections to
lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
At least two
incumbent legislators lost in Republican primaries. Rep. Casey Cox of Fort
Wayne, who sponsored the law approved this year that bans abortions sought
because of genetic abnormalities, was defeated by Dave Heine, a former
executive with hardware retailer Do it Best Corp. Sen. Pete Miller of Avon
fell to John Crane, who founded the Sagamore Leadership Initiative, a
Christian youth training program.