Live Blog: Decision 2018 Primary Night

Election results
Braun wins
Races to watch
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - This story will be updated throughout the night as new information comes into the WTHR Newsroom. Check back for the latest as it becomes available.

9:45 p.m.

Jim Baird won the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District. As of this writing, he had 36 percent of the vote. Steve Braun, brother of Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun, got 30 percent.

Baird will face Democrat Tobi Beck in November.

9:25 p.m.

Races are starting to roll in at this point.

  • Incumbent Pete Visclosky won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 1 in a landslide
  • Courtney Tritch won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 3 in a landslide. She will face incumbent Jim Banks who was unopposed in his Republican primary.
  • Dee Thornton won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 5. She'll face incumbent Republican Susan Brooks.
  • Jeannine Lake won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 6. She'll face Greg Pence for the seat being vacated by Luke Messer. The seat was held by Pence's younger brother - Vice President Mike Pence - for a dozen years.
  • Incumbent Andre Carson won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 7 in a landslide.
  • Incumbent Larry Buschon won the Republican nomination for Congressional District 8.

8:48 p.m.

Businessman Mike Braun has won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. He will face incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly in November's general election. Go to WTHR.com/Senate for a closer look at both candidates.


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8:47 p.m.

Rep. Luke Messer has conceded the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

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8:37 p.m.

Rep. Todd Rokita has conceded the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Mike Braun has led the race all night.

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8:25 p.m.

Messer and Rokita have flipped back and forth several times between second and third place in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, while businessman Mike Braun has consistently led. With 47 percent reporting, Braun leads 41 percent to Messer's 30 percent and Rokita's 29 percent.

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7:58 p.m.

Mike Braun continues to lead the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. As more precincts report their results, the percentages have largely stayed the same. With 27 percent reporting, Braun leads with 41 percent of the vote. Luke Messer has rallied into second place with 30 percent, ahead of Todd Rokita's 29 percent.

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7:47 p.m.

Rep. Jackie Walorski has won the chance to defend her seat in the 2nd Congressional District. She faced one challenger in her Republican primary, but was leading 78-22 percent with 11 percent of the vote reporting.


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7:45 p.m.

A former congressional staffer has won the Democratic nomination to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth for a southern Indiana congressional seat.

Liz Watson defeated civil rights lawyer Dan Canon and another candidate in Tuesday's primary for the 9th District nomination.

The 43-year-old Watson lives in Bloomington and is an attorney who has taught at Indiana University. She had the backing of several labor unions and a Bernie Sanders-affiliated group, even though she and Canon backed similar positions on a higher minimum wage, increased paid family leave and a single-payer health care system.

Hollingsworth and his father spent more than $3.5 million of their own money during the 2016 campaign. The district stretches from the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, to the Bloomington area and the southern Indianapolis suburbs.

--Associated Press

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7:29 p.m.

Rep. Larry Buschon has won the chance to defend his seat in the 8th Congressional District. He faced two challengers in his Republican primary, but was leading his closest competitor 62 percent to 27 percent with 21 percent reporting.


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7:24 p.m.

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth has won the chance to defend his seat in the 9th Congressional District. He faced one challenger in his Republican primary, but was leading him 78-22 percent with 21 percent of the vote counted.


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7:20 p.m.

The AP is calling the race for the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District for Greg Pence. This is the seat Luke Messer gave up to run for Senate, and the seat his younger brother, Vice President Mike Pence, once held for a dozen years.

He defeated four others Tuesday in the 6th District race, including Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb. He'd argued that Greg Pence merely relied on his prominent name and dodged debates.

Pence raised nearly $1.2 million for his campaign thanks largely to the support of his brother, pro-Trump groups and top Republicans. Lamb has loaned himself $800,000.


Pence is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls who once ran the now-bankrupt chain of Tobacco Road convenience stores.

He'll be the favorite to win in November for the seat left open after Republican Rep. Luke Messer decided to give it up to run for Senate.

--Associated Press


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7:08 p.m.

With 15 percent of the vote in, only 23 votes separate Steve Braun and Jim Baird in the race for the GOP's nomination for the 4th Congressional District, the seat Todd Rokita gave up to run for Senate. Take a look at the candidates' stances on the issues by clicking here.

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7:06 p.m.

With 6 percent of the vote in, Mike Braun leads the race for the GOP's nomination for U.S. Senate. He leads by nearly 9,000. Rokita and Messer are less than 1,000 votes apart from one another.

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7 p.m.

It's 7 p.m. Eastern Time - 6 p.m. Central in the northwest and southwest corners of the state, meaning polls are now closed across all of Indiana.

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6:42 p.m.

With 4 percent of the vote in, Mike Braun is leading the race for the GOP's nomination for U.S. Senate with 43 percent of the vote. Rep. Todd Rokita is in second with 30 percent and Rep. Luke Messer has 27 percent. A campaign advisor for Braun says their own internal polling gives Braun "a healthy lead" for the nomination.


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6:38 p.m.

The state GOP says incumbent Rep. Susan Brooks will win her primary in the 5th District.


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6:36 p.m.

The state GOP says incumbent Rep. Jim Banks will win his primary in the 3rd District.


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6:25 p.m.

Results are starting to come in for some of the state's biggest races, including two U.S. House seats and the hotly-contested GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Go to WTHR.com/Results for live-updating results in all of the races affecting your area.

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6 p.m. - The polls are closed and results should start rolling in in the next 20-30 minutes.

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All eyes in American politics are on Indiana for what POLITICO is calling the GOP's nastiest primary and Brian Howey with our newsgathering partners at Howey Politcs calls a "reality TV" GOP primary. What started as a six-man race for the GOP nomination to challenge Democrat Joe Donnelly has narrowed down to three left standing: U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, plus former State Rep. Mike Braun - two lawmakers already in Washington with existing war chests, and a businessman who has already poured millions of his own money into his campaign. Throw in millions in outside spending, and Howey expects this will be Indiana's first $100 million Senate campaign. Donnelly has also been named one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate, setting the scene for a highly contested general election.

There are dozens of other races both statewide and local, plus local referenda on the ballot this primary election. We will update progress on all of those races at WTHR.com/Results, plus add in other information as it happens on this blog which will be updated throughout the night.

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