Bucshon staves off challenger in Indiana’s 8th

Larry Bucshon. (Provided Photo)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon staved off a challenge by conservative Andrew McNeil in the Republican primary in southwestern Indiana’s 8th District.

Bucshon will seek a third term in November against Tom Spangler. The Jasper businessman ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

McNeil is a father of seven who owns a family farm. He was a former territory manager for a Midwest coffee company until resigning to focus on the campaign.

He criticized Bucshon for not being conservative enough. Bucshon had defeated tea party favorite Kristi Risk in the previous two primaries.

McNeil was heavily outspent by Bucshon during the primary.

Bucshon was a heart surgeon before being elected to Congress. He is chairman of the House subcommittee on research and science education.

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