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Rep. Visclosky’s pick wins Democratic race in NW Indiana


HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Rep. Pete Visclosky’s choice to replace him after 36 years in Congress won the Democratic primary in the party’s northwestern Indiana stronghold.

Frank Mrvan, a Lake County township trustee whose father is a longtime state senator from Hammond, won Tuesday’s primary over 13 other candidates.

Five-term Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott entered the campaign as the most-prominent candidate, but Mrvan picked up endorsements from Visclosky and the United Steelworkers union.

Mrvan will be a heavy favorite in the November election against Republican primary winner Mark Leyva, who’s lost several times to Visclosky.

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