Democrat Tobi Beck and Republican state Rep. Jim Baird will face off in November to fill Todd Rokita's seat in the U.S. House. Rokita’s departure made for a wide and competitive race. Seven candidates sought the Republican seat and six for the Democrat spot.
Indiana's 4th House district covers 16 counties in western, central and northern Indiana including Kokomo and Lafayette. Many of the counties are mostly rural and Republicans have represented the district for more than 20 years.
During the campaign two Republican candidates emphasized their connection to Vice President Mike Pence. Leading up to the primary election businessman Steve Braun was considered the favorite, leading in both campaign finances and endorsements. After a close race Braun conceded to Baird, then spoke to his supporters.
"It’s a shame that it couldn’t have been more on resume and experience and be able to really demonstrate there was a lot of good ideas about what we could do," says Braun.
Baird, who couldn’t be reached for comment, will face Democrat Tobi Beck in the fall. Beck, an Army veteran, started campaigning last year and has made an effort to meet voters.
“We’ve got people who, more so than I ever expected, people actively concerned about national debt and international trade, large segments of people who are worried about how divisive we’ve become,” says Beck.
She hopes her grassroots campaign will sway Hoosier voters in November.
"I’m really looking forward to working a nice clean race throughout the summer and reaching out and speaking directly to people and being a voice for the people," says Beck.
The general election will take place on Nov. 6.