Indiana will get a new look in Washington next year after tea party-favorite Richard Mourdock knocked off six-term incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican Senate primary and voters in at least three U.S. House districts prepared to elect fresh faces.
Another tea party favorite, Jackie Walorski in northern Indiana’s 2nd District, was expected to win the GOP nomination in the district now represented by Democrat Joe Donnelly, who turned his sights to the Senate and will face Mourdock in November.
Luke Messer won the GOP nomination for the 6th District seat Mike Pence gave up to run for governor.
Republican Pence and Democrat John Gregg won their parties’ nominations to take the place of term-limited Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, and Republican Mitt Romney cruised to victory in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary, easily outpolling Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. Santorum and Gingrich had remained on the Indiana ballot despite having ended their campaigns.