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Incumbents see strong support in US House races

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INDIANAPOLIS -

So far there have been no surprises in the races for Indiana's US House of Representatives seats.

Indiana voters have elected former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks to fill the 5th District seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Dan Burton.

Brooks' victory over Democratic state Rep. Scott Reske on Tuesday breaks a half-century of Republican male dominance in the state's congressional delegation. The last GOP congresswoman from Indiana was Cecil Harden, who served five terms before losing in 1958.

Brooks has pledged to work to restore the public's trust in Congress.

Reske is a retired colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves who served in Iraq. He called for doing more to provide troops the equipment they need and ensuring veterans and their families have the services they need.

GOP's Walorski wins 2nd District seat

Former Republican state Rep. Jackie Walorski has survived a contentious campaign to give the GOP the northern Indiana congressional seat vacated by Democrat Joe Donnelly.

Walorski defeated Democrat Brendan Mullen in the 2nd District. Her win (along with that of Susan Brooks in central Indiana's 5th District) marks the first time Indiana Republicans have sent a woman to Congress in half a century.

Walorski narrowly lost the 2nd District to Donnelly in 2010. Donnelly opted to run for Senate this year after state lawmakers redrew the district to include more Republican voters.

The last Republican woman to represent Indiana in Congress was five-term Congresswoman Cecil Harden. She lost her re-election bid in 1958.

Walorski served three terms in the Indiana General Assembly. Mullen is an Iraq War veteran.

Bucshon holds off 8th Dist. challenge

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (boo-SHAHN') has survived a heated challenge from former Democratic state Rep. Dave Crooks to win a second term in the southwestern Indiana congressional district known as the "Bloody 8th."

Bucshon first won the seat in the Republican-leaning district in 2010, when incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth vacated it to run for Senate. But he was vulnerable this year after Republican state lawmakers redrew congressional lines and included more Democrats in the district.

Bucshon sought to tie Crooks to President Barack Obama. He pointed out a 2009 article in the Washington Times-Herald in which Crooks referred to the president as "my guy Obama."

Crooks is a conservative Democrat and radio host. He said he's tired of partisanship and criticized Bucshon for opposing tariffs on China.

Other races

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Pete Visclosky was declared the projected winner with just nine percent of precincts reporting (69-31 over challenger Joel Phelps-R).

In District 3, incumbent Democrat Marlin Stutzman was declared the projected winner with 52 percent reporting (68-32 percent over Republican Kevin Boyd).

Incumbent Republican Todd Rokita will keep his seat in District 4. Rokita had 64 percent of the vote with 46 percent reporting, over Democrat Tara Nelson (33%) and Libertarian Ben Gehlhausen (4 percent).

In District 6, Republican Luke Messer was declared the winner with 69 percent reporting (over Democrat Brad Bookout and Libertarian Rex Bell).

Congressman Andre Carson will keep his seat in District 7 (60-40 percent over Republican challenger Carlos May).

"I didn't go to Washington, DC just to be happy to have a pin. I call myself Congressman. I see myself truly as a servant of the people. And I believe that it is the spirit of service that acts as a connective tissue that keeps our society accountable and it keeps America moving forward," Carson told supporters.

Todd Young, the incumbent Republican, beat out Democrat Shelli Yoder 57-43 percent with 97 percent reporting.

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