Brian Howey

Brian Howey

Primary voting will be completed on Tuesday in the congressional seats that opened up with the retirements of Democrat U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky and Republican U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks. They are leaving Indiana’s two urban districts that mirror each other. The Cook Partisan Index lists Visclosky’s 1st District +9 Democrat and Brooks’ 5th District +9 Republican, but Democrats believe that district has become more competitive.

The open 5th District has turned into a GOP referendum on President Trump. This past week, Club For Growth Action PAC, which has endorsed State Sen. Victoria Spartz, began airing two attack TV ads at Spartz’s two main rivals who pose the biggest threat to her nomination, former Marion County prosecutor Carl Brizzi and Atlanta businesswoman Beth Henderson.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at Find him on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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