By Stephen Dick
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Republican Susan Brooks, who held off a big challenge from former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh in the primary, swept into Congress on Tuesday night with a decisive victory over Democrat Scott Reske of Pendleton in the 5th Congressional District.
With 97 percent of the vote tallied, Brooks had a comfortable lead of 58 percent of the vote. She led Reske 162,936 votes to 108,270.
Libertarian Chard Reid won 4 percent of the vote with 11,489 votes.
“I feel good about it,” said Brooks of her victory. She said being out talking to voters during the day made her feel things would go well.
Between now and her swearing in on Jan. 3, Brooks said she would put a team together and talk to people in the 5th District about what it will take to turn the federal debt around.
“We have to restore faith in Congress and break through the gridlock,” she said.
Reske congratulated Brooks. When asked what would be next for Reske, he said, “That’s the million-dollar question. We’ll regroup and rethink what to do next.”
He said it had been a privilege to run for Congress. “I enjoyed it.”
Brooks praised both of her opponents.
“I have tremendous respect for Reske, given his service to the state and country. I have respect for those who step up and run.”