Carson one of two Democrats to win their congressional races

U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, was one of a few Democrats from Indiana to win their congressional races Tuesday night, landing an easy victory in District 7.

Carson, an incumbent, captured 60 percent of the vote to Republican Catherine Ping's with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting. Carson won his fifth straight term to the U.S. Congress. His grandmother, Julia Carson, held the seat from 1997 until her death in 2007.

Other winners on the Republican side included Todd Rokita (R-Indianapolis ) in the 4th District, Susan Brooks (R-Carmel) in the 5th District, Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) in the 6th District, Larry Bucshon (R-Newburgh in the 8th District, Trey Hollingsworth in District 9 (see story), and Jackie Walorski (R-Elkhart) in the 2nd District.

Pete Visclosky (D-Merrillville) in the 1st District had a big lead late in the night with about half of the vote counted.

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