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GOP's Hollingsworth wins congressional race over Yoder

November 8, 2016

Republican Trey Hollingsworth has won election in southern Indiana's 9th Congressional District, overcoming campaign attacks labeling him a carpetbagger from Tennessee who used his family's fortune to buy the seat.

Hollingsworth spent more than $2.5 million of his own money, and a political group funded by his father pumped in about $1 million more to help win the seat Republican Rep. Todd Young gave up to run for U.S. Senate.

Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder got support from national Democratic groups as she criticized Hollingsworth for running for Congress after just moving to Indiana last year. Hollingsworth overcame similar attacks during the Republican primary, winning a five-candidate race with about a third of the vote.

Hollingsworth's television commercial-heavy campaign presented him as a political outsider with business experience.

Hollingsworth and his father own several companies, including one that constructs industrial parks and has substantial holdings across the South.

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