Kokomo — Brandt Hershman’s bid to succeed his boss, Steve Buyer, in the 4th Congressional District failed, as he lost by an overwhelming margin to Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita in Tuesday’s Republican Party primary.
Buyer announced in January he would not seek re-election because his wife had been diagnosed with an incurable disease.
Hershman, who represents District 7 in the Indiana Senate, announced his intentions to seek the nomination within days of Buyer’s decision.
Hershman is Buyer’s district director and was endorsed by the congressman in the primary election.
It was a crowded field, with a total of 13 candidates appearing on the GOP ballot.
With 88 percent of the precincts counted, Rokita was declared the winner by The Associated Press. Rokita was receiving 40 percent of the vote compared to 16 percent for Hershman. None of the other candidates received more than 10 percent of the vote.
Purdue University biology professor David Sanders, who lost badly to Buyer in the 2004 and 2006 elections, was leading in incomplete returns for the Democratic nomination as of the Tribune’s press time.