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Incumbent lawmakers lose primary battles 

click to enlarge Republican Reps. Kathy Heuer, left, and Rebecca Kubacki, lost in Tuesday’s GOP primary. - THE STATEHOUSE FILE
  • Republican Reps. Kathy Heuer, left, and Rebecca Kubacki, lost in Tuesday’s GOP primary.
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At least two incumbent state legislators have lost their Republican primary bids and another was in a race too close to call at 10 p.m.

Republican Reps. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse and Kathy Heuer of Huntington lost to challengers who were considered more conservative, according to results reported by The Associated Press. Both lawmakers voted to remove language banning same-sex civil unions from a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman - votes that became issues in their races.

Curt Nisly of Goshen defeated Kubacki, while Christopher Judy of Fort Wayne beat Heuer.

Also, Eric Bassler of Washington was leading incumbent Sen. John Waterman of Shelburn with 98 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP.

Across the state, however, most incumbents were winning. Several high-profile state lawmakers facing challenges - including House Education Chairman Bob Behning and Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Jim Merritt, both of Indianapolis - defeated challenges.

And all of Indiana's incumbent U.S. House members won their primary bids, setting up races for November.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, defeated two challengers and will face former state Rep. Bill Bailey, who won the four-way Democratic primary.

Young said his efforts to simplify the tax code, oppose parts of the federal health care law, and reduce regulations on businesses have resonated with voters. He said that's a message "that we'll continue to carry into November."

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, beat back a GOP challenge and will now face Democrat Shawn Denney, a history teacher who defeated two candidates to win the Democratic primary.

U.S. Reps. Marlin Stutzman, R-3nd District; Todd Rokita, R-4th District; Andre Carson, D-7th District; and Larry Bucshon, R-8th District, also won their primaries. Reps. Peter Visclosky, D-1st District; Jackie Walorski, R-2nd District; and Luke Messer, R-6th District, were unopposed.
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