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Walorski, Hall claim 2nd District nominations


SOUTH BEND – Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski will face former healthcare executive and Democratic nominee Mel Hall in November, after both candidates handily won their respective party nominations in Tuesday’s primary for Indiana’s 2nd congressional district.

Hall is a former minister and past CEO of the health care firm Press Ganey. Health care is a top priority for Hall, who says he’d like to preserve and improve the Affordable Care Act. He announced his campaign several months after Walorski joined Republicans in voting to repeal the ACA.

Hall won his party’s nomination by a margin of more than 15 percentage points.

“People across the 2nd District are ready for new leadership in Congress,” Hall told supporters on Tuesday. “Tonight’s victory brings us one step closer to bringing accountable leadership to northern Indiana. I look forward to continuing our work and talking with Hoosiers about the issues that matter to them.”

Walorski, who has represented the 2nd District since 2013, won the GOP nomination by more than 31,000 votes against Republican Mark Summe.

Walorski has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump since the days before his inauguration, distancing herself from the administration on few issues like tariffs, which could negatively impact the district.

Walorski has voted with Republicans on key pieces of legislation, including the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and attempts to repeal the ACA.

While Hall has projected confidence in his campaign to unseat Walorski in a year in which Democrats seek control of the House of Representatives, Walorski received more votes in her primary campaign than all Democratic candidates received in the 2nd District contest: 42,888 votes for Walorski compared to 32,641 votes cast for all Democratic House candidates combined.