Houchin humbled with re-election to state Senate


Voters in Indiana’s 47th Senate District overwhelmingly chose Republican incumbent Erin Houchin to continue representing them in Indianapolis.


As of 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, Houchin had won 66 percent of the vote in District 47 — which covers Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties, and eastern Dubois County — compared to her opponent, Democrat Nick Siler of Leavenworth, who had 33 percent of the vote.

Houchin first ran for Indiana Senate in 2014 to be a fighter in Indianapolis for the region, who would make sure the area’s needs were met. If the results of her campaign for a second term are any indication, she met her goal.

“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support throughout the district in this election,” Houchin said via Facebook Messenger Tuesday night. “I look forward to continuing to serve the 47th District in the state Senate.”

When she returns to Indianapolis for the 2019 legislative session, Houchin plans to focus on the state’s drug epidemic, bringing broadband internet to rural areas and improving education for her district’s students. Despite the loss, Siler said he was doing well Tuesday night. He thanked his family, friends and the district as a whole for the support he received during his campaign.

“I’m grateful for the experience,” he said. “I got to meet a lot of great people.”

Siler attributed his loss in part to Indiana’s strong Republican leanings, which he believes led to a lot of straight-ticket voting in favor of Republicans. Having Mike Braun at the top of the ballots as Indiana’s candidate for U.S. Senate also boosted Republicans, Siler said.

“I think a lot of good people lost,” Siler said. “These are tough times, and a tough election for a lot of Democratic candidates.”

Although he would have liked to have won, Siler said he’s relieved, in a way, not to have travel between Leavenworth and Indianapolis. Without the commute, he’ll be able to spend more time with his family and continue his work in his community.

“I’m going to continue in public service in some capacity,” the attorney said.

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