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Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Pence made the rounds with business leaders in New York City Tuesday to recruit investment to Indiana. But many believe he was also recruiting opinions as to whether to make a run for the presidency.

Throughout the morning, the governor‘s official Twitter account and that of Katelyn Hancock from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation tweeted pictures and videos from the trip. But IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says the governor’s message has political undertones.

Susan Brooks Named To Benghazi Panel

May 12, 2014
Courtesy U.S. Congress

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) has been named to a special House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Brooks will be one of seven Republicans reviewing the attack which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and whether the Obama Administration gave an honest account of what happened. She says there are still unanswered questions about whether the consulate had requested additional security, and if so, how the State Department dealt with the request.

Tippecanoe County Council

Following a trend that extended to several Indiana statehouse races, a pair of incumbent Tippecanoe County leaders were stopped in their bids for re-election Tuesday.

County Councilman Jeffrey Kemper (R-3rd) was bested by former Tippecanoe County councilwoman Kathy Vernon, but the margin was slim. Vernon polled just 36 more votes than Kemper in a race where more than 3200 ballots were cast -- a margin of less than 1-percent.

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Here is a list of some of the contested races in Tuesday's primary election (party affiliations in parentheses). All winners are nominated to represent their party in November's general election. Full results are available at the county's website.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff (R)
Barry Richard 6008
Dave Heath     5583

Tippecanoe County Council Dist. 3 (R)
Kathy Vernon 1660
Jeffrey Kemper 1624

WFIU Public Media

10:00 p.m. Tuesday update:

With a majority of the vote counted, WBAA is projecting Democrat John Dale will be his party's nominee to challenge incumbent Congressman Todd Rokita in the November general election.

State of Indiana

Governor Mike Pence is nominating State Auditor Tim Berry to lead the Indiana Republican Party as its new chairman.

When current state GOP chair Eric Holcomb announced he would resign, he said his decision was in part to allow Pence to help steer the direction of the party’s future.  And Pence is opting to throw his support behind Berry, whose second term as state auditor would have ended at the beginning of 2015. He's also a former two term state treasurer.

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