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Brooks, Rokita Back On Congressional Ballots Following Weekend Caucuses

Stan Jastrzebski

Republican precinct committeemen in Indiana’s 4th and 5th congressional districts voted Saturday to return Todd Rokita and Susan Brooks to their reelection campaigns.

U-S Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita each withdrew from their House races last month to vie for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, vacated when Mike Pence joined the presidential ticket.

When Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb got the nod, Brooks and Rokita immediately announced their intentions to return to their reelection campaigns.

And precinct committeemen in each district made their returns official Saturday, choosing the incumbents over their challengers.

Rokita says he tried to make it clear to 4th district committeemen that his run for governor wasn’t something he went looking for, but something that came to him.

“And I think that, given the results today, people understood that, they appreciate it, they applaud it,” Rokita says.

Brooks says she’s confident voters in November won’t hold her gubernatorial run against her.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard for three and a half years around the eight counties of the 5th district, both on the official side but also on the campaign side,” Brooks says.

The state GOP wouldn’t release the vote totals in either caucus.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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