Coats, Burton win primaries in Indiana

May 5, 2010 04:28

Fisher gains right to run in Ohio race

By Sean Lengell and David R. Sands at Washington Times

Two Republican stalwarts in Indiana fought their way onto the November ballot as former Sen. Dan Coats won the GOP primary to reclaim his old seat and 14-term Rep. Dan Burton barely survived against a slew of strong challengers in the state’s 5th District.

Mr. Coats, seeking to win the seat he ceded to retiring Democrat Evan Bayh 12 years ago, now faces Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth in what is likely one of the most spirited Senate contests this fall.

Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio all held primaries Tuesday to kick off what will be a busy month of races to set the table for November’s races, in which increasingly confident Republicans hope to make a run at the Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress.

In other marquee races, Ohio Democratic Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher defeated state Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for the right to take on Republican former Rep. Rob Portman for another open Senate seat, that of retiring GOP Sen. George V. Voinovich.


Help Make A Difference By Sharing These Articles On Facebook, Twitter And Elsewhere: