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Messer wins GOP straw poll, Rokita runner-up



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Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th District, hugs Barb Hackman, Bartholomew County Republican Party chair, after winning a Congress of Counties U.S. Senate Republican straw poll by 65 votes on Saturday. Runner-up Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th District, received 82. Emily Eckelbarger Buy Photos

INDIANAPOLIS — Rep. Luke Messer, R-6th District, won a Congress of Counties U.S. Senate Republican straw poll by 65 votes.

The event, organized by the Indiana Republican party, brought together six Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate in a two-day event culminating in a straw poll on Saturday. 

Saturday's straw poll was open to any Republican Hoosiers who bought a ticket. Attendees voted for who they would most likely support in the May 8 primary. A straw poll does not decide anything, but it can give candidates an idea of where they currently stand. 

Out of 326 votes, Messer received 147 while runner-up Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th District, received 82.

Laurel Demkovich

A previous version of this article cited the total number of votes counted as 318. The correct figure was 326 votes. The IDS regrets this error.

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