Donald Trump won big in Indiana Tuesday, but it wasn't a good night for another anti-establishment candidate in a down-ballot Senate race.
Two Hoosier congressmen sought the GOP nod for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dan Coats.
Marlin Stutzman sold himself as a Hoosier farmer who, when he wasn't
hoisting bags of cracked corn
over his shoulder, was
in Washington. He faced
Todd Young, an attorney who relied on the familiar refrain of a Marine taking on Washington — while benefiting from establishment backing.
Young defeated Stutzman by 34 points, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.
That victory may say less about the waning appeal of outsider candidates down-ballot and much more about how Young successfully undermined Stutzman's anti-establishment message.
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Stutzman, who represents the state's most conservative district, was supposed to be the candidate who
tapped into Trump's outsider appeal.
Indeed, even while being backed by the anti-Trump Club for Growth, he tried to accuse Young of attending a stop-Trump confab earlier this year, as if beckoning to Trump sympathizers to join his side.
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