Todd Young wins U.S. Senate race in Indiana Republican primary, beats Marlin Stutzman, AP projects

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Todd Young

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Rep. Todd Young has defeated Rep. Marlin Stutzman in the Republican race for U.S. Senate, according to the Associated Press.

Young is seeking to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), who is retiring from the Senate at the end of his term. He will face former congressman Baron Hill in next November’s general election.

A controversy between the two Republican candidates emerged as they disputed over Young’s ballot eligibility.

Earlier this year, the State Election Commission ruled that Young will stay on the ballot, after two challenges to alleging he did not have enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

Stutzman’s campaign and the Indiana State Democratic Party filed challenges to Young’s campaign, after it was found Young had an insufficient number of signatures on petitions in the northwestern part of the state.

500 signatures are required in each of the state’s nine Congressional districts in order to run for U.S. Senate.

Democrats claimed Young had only 498 in the first Congressional District. The Stutzman campaign found that Young had 497 in the same district. An independent IndyStar count of the signatures found 497 as well.

Young’s attorneys argued that there were four signatures that were lost, or not validated due to clerical errors, bringing the actual total to 501 and that Hoosier voters should not be “disenfranchised,” according to Young’s attorney and not be able to vote for the Congressman because of “clerical errors.”

Ultimately the Commission voted in a tie- two members voted for removing Young from the ballot and two voted to keep him on the ballot. In the case of a tie on the State Election Commission, nothing changes and the candidate remains on the ballot.

Stutzman, who represents the northeast corner of the state and Young, of Bloomington, both were first elected to Congress in 2010.