BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A wealthy political newcomer who moved to Indiana in September from Tennessee has won the Republican primary for the 9th Congressional District.
Trey Hollingsworth’s victory comes after he and his father spent at least $1.7 million of their own money on his campaign. Other Republicans accused Hollingsworth of trying to buy the congressional seat, but his television commercial-heavy campaign presented him as a political outsider.
The district spanning from the Ohio River to the southern suburbs of Indianapolis is now held by Republican Rep. Todd Young, who gave it up to run for the Senate.
The five-candidate field included Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state Sens. Erin Houchin (HOW’-chin) and Brent Waltz.
Hollingsworth will face Democratic candidate Shelli Yoder of Bloomington, who unsuccessfully challenged Young in 2012.