ELECTION 2022 BLOG: Garrison wins in HamCo; Mears defeats Carrasco; Walker defends state Senate seat

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11:20 p.m.: Republican Larry Bucshon has been reelected to the U.S. House in Indiana’s 8th Congressional District—a seat he has held since 2011.

With more than two-thirds of the vote counted Wednesday night, Bucshon had captured 67% of the vote, compared to 28% for Democrat Ray McCormick and 4.6% for Libertarian Andrew Horning.

Based in southwest and west-central Indiana, the district includes Evansville, Jasper, Terre Haute and Vincennes.

11:15 p.m.: The race to represent the new Indiana House District 32 remained too close to call on Tuesday night.

As of 10:50 p.m., Democrat Victoria Garcia Wilburn held a 79-vote lead of 12,225 to 12,146 over Republican Fred Glynn.

The district includes precincts in Hamilton and Marion counties. Hamilton finished counting ballots by 10:50 on Tuesday night, but Marion County officials were still at it.

See more here.

11 p.m.: Republican Erin Houchin has won election to the U.S. House in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, easily defeating Democrat Matt Fyfe and Libertarian Tonya Mills.

Houchin will succeed Republican Trey Hollingsworth, who has held the seat since 2017 and didn’t seek reelection.

The district stretches from the south suburbs of Indianapolis to the southern border of Indiana. Its largest city is Bloomington. Houchin has served in the Indiana Senate since 2014.

10:50 p.m.: Republican Greg Garrison—a former conservative radio show host—has defeated Democrat Jessica Paxson in a race to be Hamilton County prosecutor.

Garrison won nearly 57% of the vote to Paxson’s 43%, according to unofficial results.

Read the full story.

10 p.m.: Democrat Andrea Hunley has won election to the Indiana Senate a newly redrawn district that was moved from the southern part of the state to Indianapolis.

“We know that we are building momentum and that it’s not just about one election,” Hunley told supporters. “It is about the future, because our democracy depends on it.”

With more than 80% of the vote counted, Hunley was leading with 73% of the vote over Republican Evan Shearin.

Andrea Hunley declares victory at a Democratic Party event Tuesday night in Indianapolis. (IBJ photo/Peter Blanchard)

9:55 p.m.: Republican Diego Morales, who defeated Democrat Destiny wells, took the stage at a Republican victory party Tuesday night to cheers of “go Diego go.”

See the full story here.

Morales, who was dogged throughout his campaign by accusations related to sexual misconduct and the fact that he had previously been fired from the office he was seeking, told supporters that “the truth always prevails.”

“Let me say that again,” Morales said. “The truth always prevails.”

Daniel Elliott, candidate for state treasurer, and Tera Klutz, candidate for state auditor, also offered remarks at the GOP event, thanking voters and claiming their respective wins.

Diego Morales speaks to supporters at an Indiana Republican Party event on Tuesday night in Indianapolis. (IBJ photo/Taylor Wooten)

9:49 p.m.: Republican Rudy Yakym has been called the winner in both a special election and the general election in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects.

Yakym will succeed the late Rep. Jackie Walorski, who died in a car accident this year with two of her staffers.

Yakym had a sizable lead over Democrat Paul Steury with more than half the vote counted. His victory in the special election allows him to complete Walorski’s term, which ends this year.

The district includes South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, LaPorte, Wabash, Plymouth and Peru.

9:44 p.m.: Republican Fred Glynn holds an 82-vote lead over Democrat Victoria Garcia Wilburn in House District 32, which spans Hamilton and Marion counties.

Glynn has 10,404 votes to Wilburn’s 10,322.

In Hamilton County, Glynn leads 9,900 to 9,464 with 99% of the vote counted, while Wilburn leads 858 to 504 in Marion County where 83.3% of the vote has been counted.

9:28 p.m.: Republican Jim Baird has won reelection to the U.S. House in Indiana’s 4th Congressional District, according to AP.

Baird, who defeated Democrat Roger Day, was previously elected in 2018 and 2020. The district includes Boone, Hendricks and Morgan counties.

9:25 p.m.: Republican Cyndi Carrasco has conceded defeat in her bid to unseat Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears.

“We knew this was an uphill climb,” she said in a statement. “The odds were stacked against us running as a Republican in a blue county, but the stakes were too high not to try.”

With about 75% of the Marion County vote counted, Mears was leading with nearly 59%.

See the full story.

9:14 p.m.: Republican Kyle Walker is set to defeat Democrat Jocelyn Vare to return to the Indiana Senate where he cast one of the only GOP votes this summer against a ban on abortion except in rare instances.

Read the full story here.

With more than 95% of the vote counted, Walker was leading with 55% of the vote in Senate District 31 to Vare’s 45%.

“Tonight’s victory is further evidence that the voters of this district want commonsense leadership that produces results,” Walker said in a statement issued by his campaign. “In the Senate, I will stay laser focused on the issues that matter, strengthening our economy, improving public safety and investing in quality of life to keep our communities thriving.”

District 31 encompasses parts of Hamilton and Marion counties, including all of Fishers and part of Lawrence.

9:07 p.m.: Republican Mark Genda holds a commanding lead in the race for the new Indiana House District 41.

With 72% of the vote counted, Genda is ahead with 74.9% of the vote in his race against Democrat Greg Woods. Genda has 10,200 votes to Woods’ 3,412.

The new District 41 includes northern and western Boone County; western, southern and southwestern Clinton County; northeastern Montgomery County; and eastern Tippecanoe County.

8:52 p.m.: Republican Greg Pence has won reelection to the U.S. House in Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, The AP declared Tuesday night.

Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, will serve his third term after defeating Democrat Cinde Wirth.

The district includes much of eastern and southeastern Indiana, including Greenfield, Shelbyville, Muncie and Columbus.

8:50 p.m.: Democrat Andre Carson has won reelection to U.S. House in Indiana’s 7th Congressional District, defeating Republican candidate Angela Grabovsky.

Carson has held the seat since 2008.

8:48 p.m.: Incumbent Victoria Spartz, a Republican, has been declared the winner in House District 5 over Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake.

Spartz, who is running for her second term, had captured about 60% of the vote with nearly half of the precincts reporting.

The district covers the north side of Indianapolis as well as its eastern and northern suburbs, including Carmel, Anderson, Noblesville, Fishers, Marion and parts of Kokomo.

8:40 p.m.: Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, delivered a concession speech to Democratic supporters shortly after 8:30 p.m. and just before Republican Todd Young spoke to his supporters.

“Obviously it didn’t work out the way I thought it was going to,” McDermott said. “I wish [Todd Young] well in the next six years in the state of Indiana as a U.S. senator, and I mean it with all my heart: The better he does, the better our state does.”

Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond, concedes the U.S. Senate race to incumbent Todd Young. (IBJ photo/Peter Blanchard)

8:40 p.m.: Republican Sen. Todd Young spoke to a crowd of supporters at the JW Marriott after the AP called his race.

He began by acknowledging his father, who died earlier this year, and he mentions his opponents, Democrat Tom McDermott and Libertarian James Sceniak, saying it’s difficult to campaign.

“The only way to make America great again is to start from the bottom up,” Young said.

He also thanked voters who supported him. “I’m going to work tirelessly over the next six years to ensure I live up to your high expectations,” Young said.

He ended the speech by telling the crowd to “cheer Jennifer Ruth-Green onto victory,” a reference to the Republican candidate for the state’s 1st Congressional District, which has been held by Democrats for decades but was expected to be closer this year.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, speaking to supporters on election night. (IBJ photo/Taylor Wooten)

8:36 p.m.: Two new Indiana House districts are tightly contested with more than half the vote counted in both races.

With 66% of the vote counted in House District 25, Republican Becky Cash is ahead with 50.6% of the vote. Democrat Jen Bass-Patino narrowly trails with 49.4%.

Just 140 votes separate the candidates with Cash ahead 5,974 to 5,834.

And with 58% of votes counted in House District 32, Democrat Victoria Garcia Wilburn is ahead with 51.7% of the vote. Republican Fred Glynn trails with 48.3%. The current tally shows Wilburn with a lead of 5,582 to 5,217.

The new House District 25 spans southeastern and some of central Boone County and the northeastern corner of Hendricks County. It includes Zionsville, Whitestown and part of Brownsburg.
The newly drawn House District 32 includes Hamilton County’s Clay and Delaware townships and extends south into Marion County.

8:29 p.m.: With about one-quarter of the votes counted statewide, Republican Diego Morales is leading Democrat Destiny Wells in a race to be Indiana’s next secretary of state.

Morales had 56% of the vote that’s been counted, compared with Wells’ 39%, according to CNN results.

Democrats had hoped the race might be close, given problems that have plagued Morales’ candidacy. He has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he has denied, and was previously fired from the office he’s seeking.

8:24 p.m.: In Hamilton County, Republican Greg Garrison is leading in the race for prosecutor.

Garrison has 56.7% of the vote in his race against Democrat Jessica Paxson with 122 of 217 precincts as well as early votes reporting.

Garrison holds a lead with 49,582 votes to Paxson’s 37,915.

Garrison defeated three-term incumbent D. Lee Buckingham in the May 3 primary election.

8:14 p.m.: Republicans gathered at the JW Marriott are waiting for U.S. Sen. Todd Young, who projections show has won reelection, to take the podium.

(IBJ photo/Taylor Wooten)

At the Indiana Democratic Party event at the Nevermore Union Station, Rep. Andre Carson and Mayor Joe Hogsett have already spoken as other candidates, including Andrea Hunley (below), a candidate for the Indiana House wait for results.

(IBJ photo/Peter Blanchard)

8:10 p.m.: With 42 of 185 vote centers reporting, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Means has 52% of the vote to Republican challenger Cyndi Carrasco’s 42%.

8:05 p.m.: Sen. Todd Young has won reelection, defeating Democrat Thomas McDermott, the mayor of Hammond. See a full story here.

7:46 p.m.: The AP has projected that Republican Jim Banks has won reelection to U.S. House in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.

He defeated Democrat Gary Snyder.

7:30 p.m.: Very early results in Indiana show Republican Sen. Todd Young has nearly 62% of the vote, compared with Democrat Thomas McDermott’s 35%.

An estimated 12% of the vote has been counted, according to CNN. But most of the votes are being reported from Republican strongholds, including the northern suburbs of Indianapolis.

Votes from the northwest corner of the state and from Indianapolis—both heavy Democratic areas—were not yet reporting.

6 p.m.: Polls have closed in Indianapolis and most of rest of the state, and now the waiting begins for election results.

Indiana and Marion County Republicans are gathering at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis this evening for a watch party. Those expected to attend the event are: U.S. Sen. Todd Young, who is seeking re-election; Indiana secretary of state candidate Diego Morales; and Marion County prosecutor hopeful Cyndi Carrasco.

The Republican statewide candidates for auditor and treasurer are also slated to attend. But missing from the event in the White River Ballroom will be state Sen. Kyle Walker, who is hosting his own event at Knowledge Services in Fishers, and Gov. Eric Holcomb, who is on a trip to Egypt.

The Indiana Democratic Party is holding its watch party at Nevermore Union Station, 39 W. Jackson Place.

Among those scheduled to be in are: Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott, who is running for U.S. Senate; Destiny Wells, candidate for secretary of state; and Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears, who is seeking his first elected term.
Candidates for state auditor and state treasurer also are scheduled to attend.

IBJ will have election results and news from both the GOP and Democratic gatherings throughout the evening.

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2 thoughts on “ELECTION 2022 BLOG: Garrison wins in HamCo; Mears defeats Carrasco; Walker defends state Senate seat

    1. Yep, and with good reason, Matthew. Indianapolis is falling into the same ugly abyss as all larger cities that have become forever under Democrat control.

      See also: Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, et al…

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