Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon (IN-8th) defeated Democratic challenger Dave Crooks earning a second term in the district that includes Evansville, Terre Haute, Vincennes and Washington.
Bucshon ran on pledges of job creation, spending cuts and ending federal bailouts.
“The main thing is jobs and the economy, you know, and all that uncertainty is why we can’t get people back to work,” Bucshon said.
He said on the campaign trail he heard concerns over the Affordable Care Act, federal spending and regulation, particularly on the coal industry.
“I’m going to continue to push for spending cuts and to get our tax code reformed and also to make sure the federal government’s not continuing to put regulations in place specifically against the coal industry that are going to hamper my district and the state,” Bucshon said after his victory.
Crooks congratulated Bucshon and said he hopes that Bucshon can help close the divide in Congress and get legislation passed.
“Sometimes the best person doesn’t always win,” Crooks said.
Bucshon also defeated Libertarian Bart Gadau.
Bucshon beat Republican Owen County Tea Party activist Kristi Risk by a tight 4-percent margin in the primary. Their race was part of a crowded GOP primary field in western and southern Indiana.