Caucus result is in for GOP contender for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s U.S. House seat

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In order to fill late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski’s seat, a special election took place on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Rudy Yakym III was the landslide winner among a dozen candidates.

The Second Congressional District Caucuses took place at Grissom Middle School. The candidates in the running that each had a little over two weeks to campaign.

The final list of candidates, as of the deadline to file on Wednesday, was as follows: Dallas Barkman, Terry Harper III, Curtis Hill Jr., Mick Moeflinger, Michael Hogberg, Scott Huffman, Tiernan Kane, Daniel Koors, Marvin Layne, Michael Nidiffer, Curtis Nisly, Christy Stutzman, Scott Wise and Rudy Yakym III.

Each candidate was given three minutes to speak during the caucus.

Yakym had the endorsement of Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband and mother.

He once worked as Walorski’s campaign finance director and has been endorsed by her husband, Dean Swihart and her mother, Martha.

Out of 12 candidates, Yakym was chosen by a Republican precinct committee. Yakym was chosen after one round of voting. He will be the district’s Republican nominee in both the general and special elections.

Here’s a breakdown of the vote…

-Rudy Yakym – 205

-Curtis Hill – 86

-Curt Nisly – 31

-Christy Stutzman – 27

-Tiernan Kane – 12

The other candidates were all in single digits.

Walorski was killed in a car crash earlier this month in northern Indiana. Her District Director Zachery Potts and Communications Director Emma Thomson died in the crash. The driver of the other car was also killed.

Yakym will go up against Democrat Paul Steury, a high school science teacher from Goshen, and Libertarian William Henry in the General Election in November.

Network Indiana contributed to this story

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  1. I can’t really believe Curtis Hill came in 2nd with all of his baggage. Sure, it was a #MeToo frame job, but there are still a lot of voters who haven’t caught onto that little game.

    I just hope Yakym is more of a small government guy than his former boss was. Walorski had a lot of good qualities, but she was ok with big government as long as it was HER big government…

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