Young defeats Stutzman in primary, looks ahead to general

In this April 7, 2016 photo, Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., answer a question during an interview in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –– Congressman Todd Young says he’s a marine on a mission, and tonight he got the green light to keep on fighting.

Young earned a landslide victory over his opponent, Congressman Marlin Stutzman, in the race for to be the Indiana Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Like a true marine, his first words to describe his feelings when he took the stage at his watch party were “ooh rah!”

Young’s campaign hosted the event coincidentally in a room named the “Victory Ballroom” at the Hilton Hotel downtown.

Senator Dan Coats introduced Young, the same man who Young is vying to replace come November.

Young said he attributes his huge win to Hoosiers who appreciate Hoosier values.

He said he’s running for what all Indiana families want which is a quality education for their children and the safety and security of their country.

This race against Stutzman wasn’t pretty. It was full of attack ads with both candidates taking shots at each other, creating a deep division among Republican voters.

But Young is confident he can unite the party before November.

“Hoosiers always come together and Hoosier conservatives, we like a good fight when presented with one and we understand the consequences of this race,” he said. “If we don’t hold on to Indiana’s US senate seat, Republican senate seat, we may well not retain control of the entire US senate. And so I aim to work very hard to earn their trust and support of every Hoosier conservative.”

Young went on to say that he respects Stutzman and his family for the effort they put into the race.

Young said he’s giving his campaign crew the day off tomorrow, but then it’s back to work as his focus shifts to beating Democratic candidate Baron Hill.

Young defeated Hill in 2010 to get his current seat in Congress and he’s confident that will pay off the second time around.

“Baron’s record hasn’t changed, my principles haven’t changed, and so I just look forward to the coming months and I expect as long as we continue to go out there, tell the truth, run on our record, we’ll win in November,” he said.

Young’s campaign manager estimates they traveled 50,000 miles across the state campaigning against Stutzman. He said they’ll cover even more ground in the race against Hill.

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