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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) --U.S. Rep. Todd Young has held off two Republican challengers to earn the chance to seek a third term in Congress.
Young didn't face a primary challenger two years ago. But on Tuesday he defeated Kathy Lowe-Heil of Elizabeth and Mark Jones of Indianapolis. Both challengers were political newcomers, and neither filed a report with the Federal Election Commission indicating they had raised any money.
Young didn't attend a debate organized by the Grassroots Conservatives tea party group in March and was criticized by his opponents as not being conservative enough.
Young sent out a statement via email shortly Tuesday evening, saying "I'm incredibly humbled by the overwhelming show of supportwereceived from our fellow Hoosiers today. I've served in this office under the assumption that good policy equates to good politics, and that principle has never been more evident."
Young won the 9th District seat in 2010 by defeating incumbent Democratic Rep. Baron Hill. He is campaigning on a promise to work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to reduce federal spending. Meanwhile, in Evansville, U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon staved off a challenge by conservative Andrew McNeil in the Republic Primary for southwestern Indiana's 8th District.
Bucshon will seek a third term in November against Tom Spangler. The Jasper businessman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.Bucshon had been criticized by McNeil during the campaign for not being conservative enough.
Clark County voter turnout was reported at between 10-15%.
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