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Sen. John Waterman Loses To GOP Challenger

Sen. John Waterman lost to Bassler by a 2 percent margin with 98 percent of the precincts reporting.

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Photo: John Watterman Official Photo

Sen. John Waterman (pictured here) lost to Washington city councilman Eric Bassler.

Sen. John Waterman has lost his seat to challenger Eric Bassler.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Waterman has 400 fewer votes, according to numbers from the Secretary of State.

Waterman has 49 percent of the votes compared to Bassler’s 51 percent.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce endorsed Bassler, who is a Washington city councilman, instead of Waterman, who is the incumbent.

The chamber opposed Waterman largely because of the state senator’s vote in opposition to right to work in 2012.

This is the first time Waterman has been up for election since that vote.

No Democrat ran in Tuesday’s primary, but the Democratic Party could still choose a nominee before the general election in November.

Correction: An earlier version of this story switched the percent of votes each candidate had received.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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