US Rep. Rokita wins Indiana Republican primary

Todd Rokita's official portrait from the 112th Congress.
Todd Rokita's official portrait from the 112th Congress.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Todd Rokita has won an Indiana primary race against a Republican challenger who pledged to unseat the two-term congressman without spending any money.

He defeated Kevin Grant in the 4th District primary, advancing to a November matchup where he’ll be heavily favored.

Rokita received at least 62 percent of the vote the past two elections. No Democrat has received more than 40 percent of the vote in the district since Republican Steve Buyer defeated three-term Democratic Rep. Jim Jontz in 1992.

Rokita supported the 2013 federal government shutdown and said not raising the debt ceiling could become a good tool for curbing federal spending.

Grant is a former military pilot and owner of a wealth management firm who said he ran because he was unhappy with Congress.

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