Indiana: Messer, Brooks Win Open-Seat GOP Primaries

Posted May 8, 2012 at 8:24pm

Updated 10:13 p.m.| Luke Messer, the former executive director of the state Republican Party, won the crowded primary for Rep. Mike Pence’s (R) eastern Indiana seat.

Messer defeated conservative activist Travis Hankins with almost 42 percent of the vote and 83 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

Pence is running for governor instead of re-election to his safe Republican seat, so Messer will serve as the next Member of Congress from the 6th district in all likelihood.

Updated 8:33 p.m.

Across the state in southwestern Indiana, Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) defeated his 2010 primary opponent, Kristi Risk. He’ll face former state Rep. Dave Crooks (D) this fall in a race that Democrats consider one of their top two House pickup opportunities in the Hoosier State this cycle.

Updated 10:13 p.m.

In the GOP primary for the seat of retiring Rep. Dan Burton (R), former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks defeated former Rep. David McIntosh by a slim margin in what was a crowded race. With 99 percent reporting, Brooks led 30 percent to 29 percent — a margin less than 1,000 votes.