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INDIANAPOLIS - Not only will voters in southeast Indiana not find an incumbent member of the U.S. House on their primary ballots Tuesday, they won't find their old district either.
Indiana lawmakers redistricted the southeast corner of the state out of the 9th District (which is now largely south central Indiana) into the 6th District, which hugs the state's eastern border with Ohio from the Ohio River north to the Muncie and Richmond areas.
The 6th District is currently served by Republican Mike Pence, but he's not running for re-election because he's unopposed in the GOP primary for governor.
All these changes make for a lot for voters to sift through, not the least of which are the 11 Republicans and Democrats vying for their party's nomination and the chance to replace Pence.
On the Republican side, former State Representative Luke Messer has picked up Pence's endorsement as well as two of the candidates who were previously running against him, Allen Smith and John Hatter. But, also in the running are Randolph County businessman Don Bates, former State Senator Bill Frazier, Bartholomew County real estate investor Travis Hankins, Franklin County Councilman Joe Sizemore, and Joe Van Wye of Madison.
Nearly as crowded are the five candidates trying to get the Democratic nomination. They include Centerville businessman Don Bates, former Delaware County Councilman Brad Bookout, Hanover Sollege sociology professor Jim Crone, retired teacher Susan Hall Heitzman of North Vernon, and one-time Libertarian running as a Democrat George Hubbard.
The polls in Indiana are open from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. We will have all the results on 9 News and WCPO.com just as soon as the first votes are counted.
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