Republican Incumbent Jackie Walorski held onto her seat by nearly 15 points over Democratic challenger Mel Hall.
Walorski addressed supporters at a watch party at The Vault at The Exchange in South Bend. “I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you tonight that because of your support and hard work we’ve won this race.”
A few blocks away Members of Mel Hall's staff ushered the press out of the room at the A Loft Hotel before Hall spoke to only staff and supporters who could be heard applauding through the door.
It was a tough night for the Democratic challenger to Jackie Walorski. After a long primary and general election campaign the former Press Ganey executive faired little better than the last two challengers to the Jimtown Republican.
Republican supporters had a lot to celebrate between Walorski’s win and Mike Braun's in the Indiana Senate race.
“We have some really good people," said St. Joseph County Republican Chair Lynn Fitzpatrick. "I’m so proud and happy that they were victorious tonight.”
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said even with the loss there are lessons to be learned.
“What I know is that it’s not written in stone that any state or district is the way it is. I’ve seen this state go blue and I’ve seen it go red and we’re gonna learn a lot of lessons from tonight and try to take them forward.”
In a statement Hall thanked his supporters and encouraged them to keep the enthusiasm going forward.
Walorski said she will be back in Washington on Tuesday for the lame duck session. She says moving forward she’ll focus on the economy.