Ind. races help GOP keep House majority

4 Ind. races still undecided

INDIANAPOLIS - Republicans will keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives with help from several Indiana races.

Of the state's nine Congressional Districts, seven have gone to members of the GOP, leaving two for Democrats. 

Democrat Pete Visclosky clinched the District 1 seat in the U.S. House, beating out Republican challenger Joel Phelps.

With half of Indiana's precincts reporting, Visclosky had brought in 69 percent of the vote.

Visclosky was the incumbent candidate, having represented the state's 1st District since 1985.

Jackie Walorski, a Republican out of Indiana's 2nd Congressional District, came out on top in her race against Democrat Brandon Mullen and Libertarian Joe Ruiz.

With 93 percent of the state's precincts reporting, Walorski had garnered 49 percent of the vote, compared to Mullen's 48 percent and Ruiz's 3 percent.

Walorski previously served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in the state's 21st District.

In Indiana's 3rd Congressional District, Republican Marlin Stutzman, the incumbent, came out on top.

With 72 percent of votes with a quarter of precincts reporting, Stutzman secured a victory over Democratic challenger Kevin Boyd.

Stutzman previously served as a member of the Indiana Senate and the Indiana House of Representatives.

Todd Rokita, the Republican incumbent for Indiana's 4th Congressional District, claimed a win over his opponents early Tuesday night.

Rokita ran against Democrat Tara Nelson and Libertarian Ben Gehlhausen. With 21 percent of precincts reporting, Rokita earned 58 percent of the vote.

Rokita served two terms as Indiana's Secretary of State, and was the youngest ever to hold the office.

Republican Susan Brooks took control of the 5th District seat, a spot previously held by now-retired Rep. Dan Burton.

With 58 percent of the vote and 87 percent of precincts reporting, Brooks defeated Democratic candidate Scott Reske and Libertarian challenger Chard Reid.

Republican Luke Messer won the spot in the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana's 6th District, beating out Democrat Brad Bookout and Libertarian Rex Bell.

Messer pulled in 59 percent of the vote with 58 percent of precincts reporting.

Messer was formerly a member of the Indiana House and has served as director of the Indiana Republican Party.

Andre Carson held onto his seat in Indiana's 7th Congressional District, earning 60 percent of the vote with 46 percent of precincts reporting.

Carson defeated Republican challenger Carlos May.

Democrat Carson has held the 7th District seat since a special election in 2008.


In the state's 8th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Larry Buschon retained control of his seat.

Buschon earned 53 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Dave Crooks and Libertarian Bart Gadau.

In the state's 9th District, Republican incumbent Todd Young defeated Democrat Shelli Yoder.

The race was called in Young's favor with 71 percent of precincts reporting that he got 57 percent of the vote.

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