Marlin Stutzman

   Republican Congressman Todd Young cruised to a double-digit victory Tuesday, finishing off a bitter and sometimes divisive Senate primary race against U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on how the night unfolded for the two campaigns, and whether Republicans can unite behind the winner.

courtesy Dan Coats

Indiana's primary was notable for its domino effect, which went something like this:

1. A sitting senator decides to retire.

2. Two sitting congressmen run to replace him.

3. Those two seats need filling, sparking hotly-contested races in the northeast and south-central parts of the state.

Young Wins Senate Contest

Representative Todd Young (R-9th) Tuesday easily defeated fellow U.S. House member Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) to secure the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

The two Republicans seeking their party's nomination to run for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat are placing plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at the center of their campaigns.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports the candidates agree more often than not, but some aspects of their proposals are met with skepticism from public healthcare experts.

Indiana Republican Party

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young met Monday for their first and only televised debate prior to Indiana’s May 3 primary election. 

The two U-S representatives are similar in many ways.  Both argue for lower taxes and reduced regulation.  And, both tout support from anti-abortion groups and the NRA. 

As they sought to define themselves for Republican voters, most of the sparring was over terms like “establishment candidate” and “career politician.”

Brandon Smith / IPBS

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Todd Young (R-9th) in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  The Chamber’s endorsement comes about a month before Young will face off against Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) in May’s primary.

The U.S. Chamber – along with its Indiana counterpart – calls Todd Young a “consistent, constructive conservative.”  Young says the Chamber’s support sends a signal that his leadership will help Hoosiers find good jobs.

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Political sniping is ramping up between the two Republican candidates for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) officially challenged Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) candidacy Friday.  Stutzman’s action piles on a challenge filed earlier this week by the state Democratic Party.

Democrats filed a challenge earlier this week with the Indiana Election Division claiming Young doesn’t have the required number of signatures to be on the ballot. 

Eric Holcomb Exits U.S. Senate Race

Feb 8, 2016
Brandon Smith / IPBS

Former Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb has quit the race for U.S. Senate.

Holcomb formally pulled out of the race half an hour before the noon deadline to get his name off the May primary ballot.

His withdrawal leaves Republicans with a two-way race between Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and Todd Young (R-9th).

Holcomb was the first candidate to enter the race -- he jumped in days after Dan Coats announced his retirement last March.

Former Arc Of Indiana Director Quits Senate Race

Jan 22, 2016
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One of the five candidates for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat has quit the race.

Former Arc of Indiana director John M. Dickerson reported just $34,000 in fundraising in his last finance report in October, putting him at a 12-to-1 disadvantage against former Congressman Baron Hill.

He says he's "decided to face reality." Dickerson's withdrawal leaves Hill unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Congressmen Todd Young (R-9th) and Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and former state party chairman Eric Holcomb  are seeking the GOP nod to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats.

Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder Won't Seek Reelection

Nov 19, 2015
Carlin Yoder / Indiana Senate Republicans

Middlebury Senator Carlin Yoder has announced he won't run for a third term.

Yoder says the long drive from northern Indiana leaves him away from his family too much. He says he's got two kids playing basketball, and he and his wife are in the midst of adopting their fifth child.

“We have four kids, three still at home, and we’re in the middle of adopting another child who is not an infant, so a little older, and I’m three hours away from the Statehouse,” Yoder says.

U.S. House of Representatives

Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

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