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Ind. Republicans oust two incumbents over same-sex marriage votes

Ind. Republicans oust two incumbents over same-sex marriage votes

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana voters ousted two Republican legislators who helped keep a same-sex marriage ban off the November ballot, but most other incumbents prevailed Tuesday in a primary election lacking a galvanizing issue or marquee statewide race.

Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.

Social conservatives in northeast Indiana helped tea party candidates defeat Reps. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse and Kathy Heuer of Columbia City.

Both women voted in favor of a measure that delayed, at least until 2016, an effort to let voters consider whether to amend the Indiana Constitution to solidify the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

But another lawmaker targeted for the same vote, Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, held off challengers in the primary race.

The only state senator to lose in Tuesday’s primary was John Waterman, R-Shelburn, and his opponent focused on fiscal issues, not social ones like same-sex marriage.

The winners of Tuesday’s contests will head to November showdowns. Next up for the Republican and Democratic parties are nominating conventions this summer, where party activists will decide who runs for auditor, secretary of state and treasurer.

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