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Incumbent Burton Faces Many Challengers in Indiana’s 5th District

Indiana's heavily Republican 5th District is a popular one this year for candidates going after long-time incumbent Congressman Dan Burton.

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Incumbent Dan Burton is facing strong challengers for the Republican nomination to run for Indiana's 5th District U.S. House seat.

Indiana’s heavily Republican 5th District is a popular one this year for candidates going after long-time incumbent Congressman Dan Burton. A look at the players, from Sharon Alseth with Indiana Public Broadcasting member station WFYI in Indianapolis.

A host of voices could drown each other out this year in the 5th District. Republican Dan Burton has been in office since 1983 and is now considered by many as vulnerable. Six Republicans are challenging him, including State Representative Mike Murphy, former Indiana Republican Chairman Luke Messer, and former Marion County Coroner John McGoff, who came close to defeating Burton two years ago.

Brose McVey, Andy Lyons and Ann Adcook round out the Republican primary candidates. Burton, Messer and Murphy have the deepest pockets for advertising money.

The 5th District starts in north central Indiana, skirts eastern Marion County and goes south and southeast of Indianapolis.

Two Democrats are interested in the congressional seat: IU oncologist Nasser Hanna of Fishers, and businessman Tim Crawford of Noblesville.