Curt Nisly easily beat Rebecca Kubacki in the Republican race for the District 22 seat in the Indiana House.
With all the votes tallied in Kosciusko and all in Elkhart County, Nisly won with 4,623 votes, 64.8 percent of the total, and Kubacki had 2,516 votes, 35.2 percent.
"I am very honored, humbled and grateful to the people of District 22 for electing me," Nisly said by phone from the Oakwood Inn in Syracuse, where he gathered with supporters.
District 22 covers extreme southern Elkhart County, where Nisly lives, and northern Kosciusko County including parts of Warsaw.
The race between Kubacki, a two-term incumbent from Syracuse, and Nisly grew intense at times. Nisly, backed by tea party elements of District 22, criticized Kubacki's vote against the same-sex marriage question and her vote for a measure related to gun rights, among other things. Kubacki at one point called it "the most horrible campaign," due to the criticism levied by Nisly and his backers.
An Indiana Chamber of Commerce political action committee even got involved, sending a political mailer charging Nisly with favoring secession of Indiana, something he rejected.
Nisly, though, said he got a favorable response from voters when knocking on doors and campaigning. Some, learning it was him on opening the door, were quick to respond: "I'm voting for you," they'd tell Nisly, he said.
Nisly, husband of Mary Nisly, chairwoman of the Elkhart County Republican Party, runs a tech firm in Elkhart.
The race was a one of a handful of state contests across Indiana in which incumbent lawmakers' votes on the same-sex marriage issue factored, according to the Associated Press.
Kubacki voted against the constitutional amendment proposal, which would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, noting, among other things, that Indiana law already contains such a definition. She was also leery of changing the Constitution.
Nisly, who will face Democrat Dave Kolbe in the November general election, favors the amendment.