Shelbyville’s Luke Messer claimed the GOP nomination for the 6th District with 40 percent of the vote.
He will face Muncie’s Brad Bookout in November. Bookout, a Democrat, won 31 percent of the vote. Messer had the most name recognition of any candidate on the ballot as a recent former state representative. He says he wants to keep meeting voters through November.
“Voters in our district believe that Washington’s broken, that the size of government is large – is much too large,” Messer says. “I believe we need to cut spending, balance the budget, repeal ObamaCare, and put an end to the corporate bailouts.”
Economic development official Bookout says he won the Democratic nomination because he also traveled the district to meet the voters face-to-face.
“The biggest thing that I identified as we traveled about and met people was they just wanted a voice in the 6th Congressional district.,” Bookout says. “We haven’t had that for a long time. We haven’t had somebody that the people feel like they can relate to, that is their representative in Washington DC.”
The 6th Congressional District is geographically one of the state’s largest – encompassing 19 counties from Muncie to the Ohio River.