The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

May 6, 2014

Incumbent Brooks cruises to victory

Denney leading for Democratic nomination

ANDERSON, Ind. — Incumbent Republican Susan Brooks turned back a primary challenge from David Stockdale, a tea party supported candidate, in the 5th Congressional District on Tuesday.

Brooks, who won election to a first term in 2012, easily defeated Stockdale and David (Mike) Campbell throughout the 5th District, which stretches from northern Marion County to Kokomo and includes all of Madison County.

Brooks easily turned back the challenge from Stockdale, receiving 74 percent of the vote in the district.

She received 71 percent of the vote in Madison County. David "Mike" Campbell, who did not actively campaign, finished ahead of Stockdale.

Brooks said she was thrilled by the results.

“My personal goal was 70 percent because we had one candidate working for over a year,” she said of Stockdale’s campaign. “We found it surprising that he was barely ahead of the third candidate. I believe those people will vote for me in the fall.”

Brooks said, in talking to voters, she found most were pleased with the direction of the Republican-controlled U.S. House and frustrated with the Democrats in the Senate and President Barack Obama.

“I’ve not thought about the fall campaign,” she said. “We will work hard and hope to build our volunteer base. We want a big victory in the fall to build momentum for the 2016 election.”

Stockdale said he was discouraged by the results because Campbell was getting almost the same number of votes as he did.

“I’m a little disappointed, but more surprised by how Campbell’s running,” he said.

Stockdale said he was surprised at how strong Brooks ran throughout the district.

“There was a very low turnout all over,” he said. “Historically, a low turnout helps the challenger. I can’t blame it on the turnout; I didn’t have enough money, and my message was not strong enough.”

Stockdale said he didn’t know whether he would run again for political office.

The battle for the Democratic Party nomination was still relatively close Tuesday night with 62 percent of the precincts reporting. Shawn Denney was leading David Ford by less than 1,000 votes, and Allen Davidson was 1,700 votes behind Denney.

In Madison County, Denney received 40 percent of the vote, compared to Ford’s 32 percent and Davidson’s 28 percent.

Ford campaigned actively in Madison County by attending Madison County tea party organization meetings.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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