Monday, February 6

Erin Houchin claims victory in 9th District

Former Sen. Erin Houchin claimed victory in the crowded Indiana 9th Congressional District Republican primary Tuesday night, proving money isn’t everything in an election.

As of 9:40 p.m., she had 37.5% of the vote, with an estimated 82.02% of votes counted. 

Houchin was followed by former U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel with 25.7% of the vote and political newcomer Stu Barnes-Israel with 21% of the vote. 

Barnes-Israel had conceded the race just after 9:30 p.m.

This is Houchin’s second time running for the 9th Congressional District. She lost to Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in 2016, in part due to a boost from a super PAC funded primarily by Hollingsworth’s father.

During this election cycle, she had the backing of most of the prominent state Republicans across the spectrum, including Attorney General Todd Rokita, U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon and Jackie Walorski, former U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and well-known conservative election lawyer Jim Bopp.

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