Senate hopefuls Stutzman, Young and Holcomb speak in Rochester

(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) GOP’s hopefuls converge here By Wesley Dehne, Staff Writer 10/16/15 It was a banner year for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, as larger than normal numbers of … Continue reading

Top aides leaving Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s Senate campaign

(Additional content has been posted regarding Ben Carson’s comments about a Muslim as President. – Admin.) Campaign manager Brendon DelToro is leaving in a disagreement over the direction of the campaign. By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 10/12/15 WASHINGTON … Continue reading

Conservative Republican Battles Ghost of 2012 in Indiana Senate Race

Indiana GOP primaries have favored conservatives in recent years, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman is very conservative. But he has to assuage Republican fears about what happened in the last Senate race.
By Andrea Drusch

Indiana Republicans have more reasons than most to fear messy intraparty primaries. They had a front-row seat to one with infamous consequences just three years ago.

In 2012, tea-party groups lined up behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in a primary against the state’s longtime, more moderate incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar. The rest of the story is painfully familiar to Republicans around the country: Mourdock defeated Lugar in a Republican primary landslide, only to fumble away the general election after controversial comments about rape. The seat that Lugar held for more than three decades (and had been expected to hold easily again that year) instead went to Joe Donnelly, then a Democratic congressman.

So to some party leaders, watching some of the same groups that backed Mourdock in 2012 line up behind Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a conservative House member who’s been known to ruffle a few feathers in Washington, feels like a dangerous turn of events. But, with recent Indiana history in mind, some of Stutzman’s early moves in the race to replace retiring Sen. Dan Coats soften the “tea-party establishment” dividing line that has caused so many state Republicans worry in recent years…
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