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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.

Democrat drops out of District 4 Congressional race

Jan 27, 2014

Democrat Tara Nelson has decided not to run against incumbent Todd Rokita for Indiana’s District 4 congressional seat.

Nelson issued a statement yesterday announcing her decision to step out of the race “because of personal and family reasons.”

In the 2012 election, Nelson received 34% of the vote to Rokita's 62%.

That leaves John Dale of West Lafayette as the only Democrat in the race.

Governor Mike Pence will tour Indiana communities hit by yesterday's storms.

That includes Lafayette, where the governor will join Mayor Tony Roswarski to see the damage in and around the city.

Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (roh KEE tuh) is expected to join Pence on the tour.

Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN4) joined four other members of Indiana's congressional delegation in voting against the federal funding bill that also raises the debt ceiling. Senators Dan Coats (R-IN) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) were among the 81 members of the Senate who helped pass the bill Wednesday night.

Rokita released the following statement after the House passed the measure on a 285 to 144 vote:

A Democrat has announced plans to run in the 4th Congressional District.

Tara Nelson was the party’s nominee in 2012. She knew that she’d run again, but says recent events pushed up the announcement.

“With the government shutdown and our congressman making the national news regarding putting down a CNN newswoman anchor, and regarding his comments with affordable healthcare being the most insidious law man has ever made – I really feel that our district deserves better representation.”

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN4) says he does not know the specifics on why some overseas, diplomatic locations have been closed down.

"I look forward to uncovering those details, in a classified manner, if I have to," he says. "Just so that I'm satisfied, as a representative of 700,000 Americans, what the real situation is."

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Lafayette area members of the group Moms Demand Action are pushing for a bill to expand the background check program for gun purchases.

Julia Chester says the measure would include purchases at gun shows and internet sales under the current system.

“It’s just a background check. It’s the same bill that was put forth by the Senate, but did not pass earlier this year. We’d like to know what the opposition is to this, because there really is no good reason.”

The United States must rein in its spending. That’s the assessment of Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN4).

He voted against the bill designed to address the fiscal cliff issue, citing the nation’s growing debt as the real problem.

Rokita says the proposals discussed over the past few weeks were good tax reform measures.

“Fixing the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax), handling the estate tax, so our farmers and others have certainty in planning, and it saved about 98% of tax-filers from a tax increase, so those are good things. As tax reforms they were good.”

IN congressmen fiscal cliff vote

Jan 2, 2013

Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation voted mostly along party lines on the fiscal cliff deal.

Democrats Joe Donnelly and André Carson supported it, but fellow Democrat Pete Visclosky voted against it. The state’s Republicans cast “no” votes, except Dan Burton, who did not vote.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN4) says he opposed the bill because it does not address spending cuts.

“We have a spending problem, and the deal sent over by the Senate makes it worse.  I will not consign our children to a debtors’ prison just to block President Obama’s tax hikes.

Fourth District Congressman Todd Rokita thinks a deal will get done to prevent the country from going off the so-called fiscal cliff.

He expects lawmakers to agree to terms by the December 31st deadline.

The Republican believes his party has presented an approach that reflects compromise.

“We've offered revenues if the President wanted revenues in cutting out deductions and loopholes and credits that we thought are unfair, in exchange for keeping tax rates low for all of us,” he said.