Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Brooks Narrowly Defeats McIntosh

Residency woes claimed another big Republican in Indiana's 5th congressional district. Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks defeated former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh, 30-29%, or fewer than one thousand votes. Dr. John McGoff finished third with 23% of the vote. McGoff and Brooks split the vote in Marion County, but Brooks led the crowded field in Hamilton County by a big enough margin to offset the advantage McIntosh had in other parts of the district.

In Indiana's 6th District, former state representative Luke Messer led a crowded field with 40% of the vote. Travis Hankins, who narrowly lost a primary race in Indiana's 9th District to Todd Young in 2010, finished second with 29% of the vote.

Republican Carlos May narrowly avoided another embarrassing loss in the 7th District to Cat Ping. May captured 27% of the vote to Ping's 24%, a victory of about a thousand votes. May lost a disappointing primary race in 2010 to perennial candidate Marvin Scott. May will face U.S. Rep. Andre Carson in the November election. Although the 7th District has been made less Democratic as a result of redistricting, the district continues to favor a Democratic candidate.

First-term U.S. Rep. Larry Buschon beat back a very strong conservative challenger, Kristi Risk in the 8th District. Risk held Buschon to just 58% of the vote. Buschon will face former Democratic state representative David Crooks in the November election.

In Indiana's 2nd District, former state representative Jackie Walorski, who narrowly lost her 2010 race against U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, handily won the Republican primary. She  will face Democrat Brendan Mullen, who defeated Dan Morrison 54-46%.


Marycatherine Barton said...

I was so hoping that Cat Ping would win.

Marycatherine Barton said...

It appears that Indiana will be sending a woman to Congress next year, for just the third time.

Ellen said...

I may not have had an effect on the Lugar and Ogden races, but my crossover vote for Brooks did!