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Marlin Stutzman

Stutzman renominated for House seat

FORT WAYNE – U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman has defeated two little-funded Republicans to win the GOP nomination for northeast Indiana’s 3rd District seat.

Neither Mark Barringer nor James Mahoney had filed campaign reports with the Federal Election Commission. Stutzman reported raising nearly $800,000 and having more than $430,000 on hand.

With 99 percent of the votes counted, Stutzman had 82 percent, with 10 percent for Baringer and 8 percent for Mahoney.

None of the three Democrats running, Justin Kuhnle, Jim Redmond and Tommy Schrader had filed a first-quarter campaign report. Kuhnle reported receiving $101 in contributions last year.

With 94 percent of the Democratic vote counted, Kuhnle had 2,767 votes, or 35 percent, to 2,671 for Schrader, 34 percent, and 2,473 for Redmond, 31 percent.

Stutzman is seeking a third term in Congress. He is the senior Republican in Indiana’s delegation because he took office in November 2010 after Mark Souder resigned. The seat has been held by a Republican since 1976 except from 1989 to 1995, when it was held by Democratic Rep. Jill Long.