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Indiana Primary Election Breakdown

by Alex Downard - Posted 9 months ago

Competitive Indiana Statehouse Races

 

House District 7 – Incumbent Jake Teshka (R) faces Republican challengers Timothy Jaycox and

Sarina Williams. The district, representing a majority of St. Joseph County, is likely to be won by Representative Teshka.

 

House District 11 – Incumbent Mike Aylesworth is in a contested race with Republican challengers Andrew Boesrma and Pierce Fischer. Representative Aylesworth is projected to win the race. The district includes all of Newton county and portions of Jasper, Lake and Porter counties.

 

House District 20 – Incumbent Jim Pressel is in a tight race with Republican challenger Heather Oake, who won a ballot challenge to be eligible for the primary. The district, which includes large portions of Starke and LaPorte counties, is expected to be won by a slight margin by Representative Pressel.

 

House District 21 – Incumbent Tim Wesco (R) faces Republican challenger Stephen Gray. Pundits have called this likely for Representative Wesco. The winner will represent portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

 

House District 22 – Incumbent Curt Nisly (R) is in a tight race with challenger House Republican Campaign Committee backed and also incumbent Republican Craig Snow (R). The two elected officials were drawn into the same district with the 2021 maps. Pundits have called this race a true tossup. The winner will represent portions of Kosciusko, Fulton and Wabash counties.

 

House District 31 – Incumbent Ann Vermilion (R) faces Republican challenger Andy Lyons. Representative Vermilion is projected to win the race. The winner will represent a majority of Grant county and portions of Madison county.

 

House District 33 – Incumbent JD Prescott (R) is in a tight race with the same Republican challenger as last election Brittany Kloer. Pundits have said the race leans Representative Prescott. The winner will represent Blackford and Randolph counties and portions of Delaware and Jay Counties.

 

House District 45 – Incumbent Bruce Borders (R) faces current colleague Jeff Ellington (R). The district was drawn to include 60% of Representative Ellington’s current district, so he has decided to try and win the new HD 45. It looks to be a tossup but leans Representative Borders currently.

 

House District 47 – Incumbent John Young (R) faces Republican challengers Luke Campbell, Robb Greene and Scott Strother. Representative Young is projected to win the race. District 47 represents portions of Johnson and Shelby county.

 

House District 50 – Incumbent Dan Leonard (R) is in a tight race with Republican challenger Lorissa Sweet. This will be a close race but leans Representative Leonard. The district represents Huntington and Wabash counties.


 

House District 56 – Incumbent Dr. Brad Barrett (R) is in a tight race with Republican challenger Mark Piece. Pundits have said this race is likely to be won by Representative Barrett. This district includes a large portion of Wayne County and part of Henry county.

 

House District 59 - Incumbent Ryan Lauer (R) faces Republican challenger Bill Nash. The district, which includes a large portion of Bartholomew County, is expected to be won by Representative Lauer.

 

House District 60 – Incumbent Peggy Mayfield (R) is in a very right race with Republican challenger Brittany Carroll. This seat represents portions of Morgan, Monroe and Johnson counties, and Representative Mayfield is currently projected as likely to win this race.

 

House District 65 – Incumbent Chris May (R) faces Republican challenger John Lee. This seat represents all of Lawrence County and parts of Orange and Washington counties. The race is projected to be won by Representative May.

 

House District 72 – Incumbent Ed Clere (R) is facing Republican challenger Jackie Grubbs. Representative Clere is projected to win this district, which includes most of Floyd County.

 

House District 78 – Incumbent Tim O’Brien (R) faces Sean Selby, who he beat with a caucus vote when Holli Sullivan vacated the seat to become Secretary of State. Representative O’Brien is projected to win the race. This district represents most of Vanderburgh county and parts of Warrick county.

 

House District 79 – Incumbent Matt Lehman (R) is in a tight race with Republican challenger Russ Mounsey. This seat represents all of Adam and Wells counties and portions of Jay county. Representative Lehman is expected to win this race.

 

House District 81 – Incumbent Martin Carbaugh (R) faces Republican challenger David Mervar. Pundits have said this race is likely to be won by Representative Carbaugh. The winner will represent portions of Allen County.

 

House District 85 – Incumbent Dave Heine (R) is in a tight race with Republican challengers Stan Jones and Chris Pence. Representative Heine is projected to win this seat, which represents portions of Allen County.

 

House District 88 – Incumbent Chris Jeter (R) faces Republican challenger Chrystal Sisson. Pundits have said this race is likely to be won by Representative Jeter. The district includes portions of Hamilton, Hancock, Madison and Marion counties.

 

House District 90 – Incumbent Mike Speedy (R) faces Republican challenger David Waters. Pundits have said this race is projected to be won by Representative Speedy. The district includes the southeastern portion of Marion County.


House District 91 – Incumbent Bob Behning (R) is in a tight race with Republican challenger David Hewitt. The district, which includes the southwest corner of Marion County, is projected to be won by Representative Behning.

 

House District 93 – Incumbent John Jacob (R) is in a tight race with Republican challenger Julie McGuire. Although Representative Jacob is an elected Republican, he is not backed by the caucus. The House Republican Campaign Committee is supporting Julie McGuire. This is a true tossup election. The district includes the southern portion of Marion county.

 

Senate District 1 – Incumbent Michael Griffin (D) replaced retired Senator Frank Mrvan in February of 2022. He faces challenger Martin Del Rio. Griffin and Del Rio battled for this seat and Griffin was the winner of that caucus vote. Senator Griffin is projected to win again. This district includes parts of Lake County.

 

Senate District 4 –Incumbent Rodney Pol Jr. (D) replaced retired Senator Karen Tallian in November of 2021. He will face Deb Chubb, Todd Connor and Ron Meer in the primary. Pol already beat both Chubb and Connor for the caucus vote. This is a tossup, but Senator Pol is expected to have a lead on the other candidates. District 4 encompasses portions for Lake and LaPorte counties.

 

Senate District 25 – Incumbent Mike Gaskill (R) is in a tight race with challenger Evan McMullen. Senator Gaskill currently represents district 26 but was redrawn into district 25. The district includes all of Madison county and part of Hamilton county. Senator Gaskill is expected to win.

 

Senate District 47 – Two new faces to the Indiana General Assembly are facing off for this seat. Kevin Boehnlein (R) replaced retired Senator Ron Grooms in November of 2021. Gary Byrne (R) replaced retired Senator Erin Houchin in February 2022. The new maps drew these once two districts into one. Senator Boehnlein has a lead above Senator Byrne. The district represents Floyd, Harrison and Washington counties.

 

U.S. Congress

 

Below is the list of each Congressional District's Primary Races

 

Congressional District 1

Incumbent Frank Mrvan (D) will face challenger Richard Fantin (D). The republicans have seven candidates in the primary to see who will face most likely Congressman Mrvan in November.

 

Congressional District 2

Incumbent Jackie Walorski (R) does not have a primary opponent but will have a general opponent in November.


Congressional District 3

Incumbent Jim Banks (R) does not have a primary opponent but will have a general opponent in November. There are currently three democrats on the ballot th0 see who will face Congressman Banks in November.

 

Congressional District 4

Incumbent Jim Baird (R) does not have a primary opponent but will have a general opponent in November. There are currently two democrats on the ballot to see who will face Congressman Baird in November.

 

Congressional District 5

Incumbent Victoria Spartz (R) does not have a primary opponent but will have a general opponent in November. There are currently two democrats on the ballot to see who will face Congresswoman Spartz in November.

 

Congressional District 6

Incumbent Greg Pence (R) will face challenger James Dean Alspach (R). There are currently two democrats on the ballot to see who will face most likely Congressman Pence in November.

 

Congressional District 7

Incumbent Andre Carson (D) will face challengers Curtis Godfrey (D) and Pierre Quincy Pullins (D) in the primary. There are currently five republicans on the ballot to see who will face most likely Congressman Carson in November.

 

Congressional District 8

Incumbent Larry Bucshon (R) does not have a primary opponent but will have a general opponent in November. There are currently three democrats on the ballot to see who will face Congressman Bucshon in November.

 

Congressional District 9

Incumbent Trey Hollingsworth (R) announced he will not be running for reelection. Former US Rep. Mike Sodrel (R) faces a crowded primary field with eight other candidates, none of which are stronger than former State Senator Erin Houchin (R) and former Chicago-based Citadel employee Stuart Barnes-Israel (R). There are three democrats on the ballot to see who will face the republican candidate. The district will most likely stay republican, but it is a toss up as to who will win that spot in May.