Messer wins GOP bid for Ind. seat Pence giving up

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Former state Rep. Luke Messer has won the Republican nomination for eastern Indiana's 6th District seat that GOP Rep. Mike Pence is giving up to run for governor.

Messer will face Democrat Bradley Bookout of Yorktown in November's election in the Republican-leaning district.

Messer is a former executive director of the state Republican Party who heads School Choice Indiana, which lobbied in support of the state's new private school voucher law.

He finished second to Rep. Dan Burton two years ago in the 5th District's Republican primary, but his Shelbyville home was placed in the 6th District when lawmakers redrew district lines.

Messer defeated Columbus real estate investor Travis Hankins and six others on the GOP ballot.

Bookout is a former Delaware County Council member.

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