One of the Republicans seeking the GOP nomination to replace former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder has left the race, while another candidate has joined the crowded field.

Fort Wayne attorney Phil Troyer exited the race Tuesday to focus on running for a vacant Indiana House seat. His departure came the same day that Scott Welsh, a Goshen commercial property owner, joined the GOP race.

Twelve other Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination to replace Souder, who resigned in May after admitting to an affair with an aide.

Republicans will meet Saturday in Columbia City to pick their candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the rest of Souder’s term and the November general election.

Democrat Tom Hayhurst is already on the ballot for the general election.

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