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Young beats Stutzman in Indiana Senate GOP primary

Greg Nash
 
Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is projected to win the Indiana GOP Senate primary, beating back an insurgent challenge from Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.).
 
The Washington Post and Indianapolis Star called the race shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. Eastern.
 
Young will face off with former Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in November for retiring Sen. Dan Coats’s (R-Ind.) seat.
 
{mosads}The establishment favorite, Young held off a tough challenge from a lawmaker known for bucking party leaders. 
 
Young was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and also had a money edge.
 
Stutzman received support from major Tea Party groups including the Tea Party Express, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
 
He is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, and voted against then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) before Boehner resigned from his post. 
 
November will not the first time Young and Hill go head-to-head. In 2010, Young defeated Hill in his reelection bid in the House, in a year of major gains for Republicans.
 
Indiana is seen as a safe territory for Republicans. But with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump likely at the top of the ticket, Democrats have expanded their Senate efforts and now include the Hoosier State in their sights.
 
They tout Hill, who served five terms in the House, as someone who could be a tough opponent in the general election.
 
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