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Congressional Candidates Make Final Push

David Mcintosh

Photo: Fred Thompson (Flickr)

David McIntosh (middle) and his wife pose with former presidential candidate Fred Thompson. McIntosh's residency have become a point of contention in the GOP primary.

Congressional candidates made one final push yesterday to talk to voters. Fifth District Republican hopeful David McIntosh shook hands at Eddie‘s Corner Cafe in Noblesville. He says it‘s not too late to win over voters.

“Probably a half to a third of the people we called still hadn‘t made up their mind. Most of them were happy that we called and reached out to them. A few had questions; a lot of people asked, ‘So, where are you on the issues,” McIntosh says.

A few miles south, rival Susan Brooks did the same at Bub‘s Burgers in Carmel, with an assist from Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. One district over, Republican Luke Messer stumped through lunchtime stops in Shelbyville, Morristown, Rushville and Greenfield.   Messer says his volunteers have covered the Sixth District.

“We‘ve done an awful lot of work over a period of months, and then here in the last few weeks, so I think you get to where there are fewer and fewer voters that are undecided  But you never know,” Messer says. “We‘ve seen a lot of close elections in recent years. We can take nothing for granted in an eight-way primary.” 

Other candidates planned a door-to-door approach. Sixth District Republican Don Bates was canvassing homes in Messer‘s home base of Shelbyville, while in the Fifth, John McGoff joined volunteers at the campaign‘s phone bank before heading into Indianapolis and Hamilton County neighborhoods in the evening.

McIntosh estimates as many as half the voters he‘s talked to at his campaign phone bank say they‘re undecided — though he acknowledges some of them may be trying to be polite.

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