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Indiana’s US representative races: Incumbents to be reelected, 5th District remains undecided

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — All incumbent U.S. representatives from Indiana will keep their seats, the Associated Press projected Tuesday night, while one race with no incumbent hadn’t been called.

The 5th District

In District 5, Democrat Christina Hale and Republican Victoria Spartz were vying for U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks’ seat.

At 11:30 p.m., with 78% reporting, Spartz led Hale 51% to 44%.

At a Tuesday night event with Spartz just before 11 p.m., Brooks said Spartz will win the race to fill Brooks’ seat although many absentee ballots remain uncounted. Brooks said Spartz was leading by 24,000 votes over Democrat Christina Hale. “We feel we’re on a good track to win,” Spartz said in an address to supporters late Tuesday. She planned to hold a news conference Wednesday.

Hale released this statement around 10:30 p.m.:

“We’re very encouraged by the enthusiasm and turnout we’ve seen since voting started last month, and we remain confident about our path to victory,” said Joann Saridakis, Hoosiers for Hale campaign manager. “There are still tens of thousands of mail-in votes in the Fifth District that have not yet been counted, particularly in Marion and Hamilton Counties, where we have done a significant amount of voter outreach over these past few months. This race is not over and we will continue to monitor vote totals before making any formal announcements. The circumstances of this election are unprecedented with a record number of people voting early and by absentee ballot, and we want to make sure that all Hoosiers have their voices heard in this process.”

Hale Campaign

The AP called the 1st District for Frank Mrvan, a Democrat vying for the open seat against two opponents, at 11:22 p.m. He had 57% of votes with 69% reporting.

The race in the 2nd District was called for incumbent Jackie Walorski, a Republican, at 11:16 p.m. She had 64% of the vote with 57% reporting at that time.

Jim Banks, a Republican, is projected to win reelection in Indiana’s 3rd District. The race was called at 7:36 p.m., with 37% of votes reported.

And at 8:59 p.m., the AP called the 4th District race for Republican Jim Baird, with 71% of the votes counted so far.

The state’s 6th Congressional District race was called for Republican Greg Pence, brother of Vice President Pence. He had 68% of votes with 63% reporting.

And at 9:11 p.m., the AP projected Democrat André Carson would be reelected in the 7th District, with 63% of the votes with 35% reporting.

The 8th District race was called at 8:41 p.m. for incumbent Larry Bucshon, a Republican, who had 71% of the vote with 57% reporting.

At 11:05 p.m., the AP projected that Trey Hollingsworth, a Republican, would be reelected in the 9th District. He had 67% of the votes with 63% reporting.