Bucshon holds off Crooks’ challenge

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Larry Bucshon, republican candidate and winner of Indiana's 8th congressional district, shared a hearty laugh with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke after Buschon's speech to the attendees of the republican viewing party at the Casino Aztar Hotel in Evansville on Tuesday. For a gallery of Indiana election photos, click here.


Herald Staff Writer

In what ended up being a formidable race, Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon retained his seat representing District 8, fighting off the challenge by Democrat Dave Crooks.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve District 8,” Bucshon said this morning, “and I am honored that the voters decided to give me another term to serve them.”

As of this morning, The Associated Press reported results from 666 of the 667 precincts in District 8. Bucshon had received 150,429 of the votes, or 53 percent. Crooks garnered 121,038 votes, or 43 percent. Libertarian Bart Gadau received 10,028 votes, equal to 4 percent.

Bucshon bested his two challengers not only in the districtwide race but In Dubois County. He received 9,781 votes, 55 percent of the votes cast by county residents in that race, to Crooks’ 7,583 votes, 42 percent, and Gadau’s 515 votes, 3 percent.

“I thought we’d do well in Dubois County. Because Dave represented that area before, we thought the count would be closer than in other counties,” Bucshon said. Crooks served a portion of Dubois County as District 63 state representative for 12 years, resigning in 2008.

“But I spent a lot of time in the county, getting to know the residents, officials and businesses there. I am grateful that the county supported me,” Bucshon said.

Dubois and Spencer counties were moved into District 8 in January because of redistricting.

Crooks conceded the race Tuesday evening. He said that while he and his workers ran a strong campaign, the super political action committees supporting Bucshon bombarded the market with negative ads during the last month of the campaign.

“Here I raised about a million dollars for my campaign, and a super PAC can come in and join another one to drop that amount in three, four weeks,” he said. “That’s like having 10 players on the court against five. There’s no way we could overtake that.”

Crooks said he will return to his primary job as owner of several radio stations. He doubts that he’ll run for another political office. “I rarely say never to anything, but I think it’s unlikely,” he said.

He thanked his supporters for their work. “I’ve got some great people who worked hard for me. We just fell short tonight,” Crooks said. “I have no regrets.”

Bucshon said he will continue to be accessible to Dubois County residents, as well as to the residents in other counties new to his district.

“We will discuss that today,” he said. “We will likely be opening an office in Jasper so that the people have direct access to my staff. You are going to see our presence there.”

As of this morning, the AP was reporting results from 5,314 of the 5,319 precincts voting in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race. It was clear that Joe Donnelly was the winner of the seat. He had 1,262,065 votes, 50 percent, to Richard Mourdock’s 1,122,727 votes, 44 percent, and Andrew Horning’s 145,801 votes, 6 percent. Dubois County voters gave Mourdock 50.6 percent of the county’s share, or 9,143 votes; Donnelly, 44.6 percent, or 8,054 votes; and Horning, 4.8 percent, or 861 votes.

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.

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