Senior staff writer
Indiana Republican Party chairman and Southside business owner Jeff Cardwell said he believes that time heals all wounds in politics.
In the aftermath of the presidential primary results last week, Cardwell declared front-runner Donald Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee. He also said during a Fox News network interview that it is time for the party to heal and come together.
“We will have to work hard to make that happen but the nominee will have to do that as well,” said Cardwell while being interviewed by Gregg Jarrett. “It will be up to Mr. Trump to reach out to all the factions within the party and help to heal the process and bring everybody together.”
Trump carried Indiana with 590,170 votes. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders won by 32,148 votes over Hillary Clinton.
Cardwell, a former City-County councilor, emphasized that he enjoyed the energy that the candidates created throughout Indiana. “This is the first time in my lifetime that a Hoosier’s vote really counted in a presidential election. Hoosiers all across Indiana have been very excited during the last two weeks to be a part of history in the making.”
Intense presidential primary battles within each party led to an increase in voters compared to 2012 throughout Marion and Johnson counties.
Former Perry Township Trustee Jack Sandlin defeated Jefferson Shreve with 51.3 percent of the GOP vote in the party’s race for the Senate District 36 bid.
Sandlin expressed displeasure at Shreve identifying him as a “lifetime politician” and praised former state GOP chair Rex Early for his help in his first campaign for Congress.
“It’s easy to take for granted the depth and breadth of friends and supporters you have in life,” said Sandlin who owns an investigation firm. “Then you run a competitive political campaign … and it makes you feel blessed that your ‘life bench’ is so deep.”
In the Democrat primary, Sean Gorman received 39 more votes than Jesse Kharbanda, who is calling for a recount.
In the Senate District 32 race, Franklin Township Republican Party chair Aaron Freeman defeated Zachary Taljonik and will face Beech Grove educator Sara Wiley in November. The seat is held by longtime Sen. Pat Miller, who is retiring.
Sen. Brent Waltz garnered 7,537 votes in the GOP race in the 9th Congressional District, which stretches from Johnson County to the Ohio River. Trey Hollingsworth of Jeffersonville scored the upset win in his first foray into Indiana politics with 40,269 votes. He will face Shelli Yoder in the general election.
In the 7th Congressional District, Democrat incumbent Andre Carson won and will face Catherine “Cat” Ping in November.
In Senate District 47, John Young defeated Matt Prine in the GOP primary, 7,105 to 6,163, and will face Democrat Mike Reddick in the general election for the seat held by John Price. Robert Behning won the GOP primary in District 91, which includes part of western Perry Township.
In the U.S. GOP Senate race, Todd Young defeated Marlin Stutzman for the seat held by retiring Dan Coats.