Bock defeats 3 Democrats in congressional primary

Joe Bock for Congress website.
Joe Bock for Congress website.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — University of Notre Dame faculty member Joe Bock has defeated three other Democrats and will challenge freshman Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski in November for northern Indiana’s 2nd District congressional seat.

Bock was director of global health training at Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health until he announced his candidacy but remains on the school’s faculty. He defeated Dan Morrison of Elkhart, political newcomer Douglas Carpenter of South Bend and Bob Kern in Tuesday’s primary.

Morrison finished second in the 2012 primary. Kern has run unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in Indianapolis eight times.

Bock focused on the November race during the primary and refused to debate the other Democratic candidates.

Both of the last two November elections in the district have been decided by fewer than 4,000 votes.

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