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In Indiana, a Marine and a Farmer Duel for the Future of the GOP
Both candidates in the Senate primary think presidential turnout will help them

Todd Young meets with Jeff McQueary at Gramz Bakery and Cafe in Columbus. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

COLUMBUS, Ind. — With 11 flavors of coffee on tap behind him, Rep. Todd Young, the ex-Marine-turned-lawyer, held court in Gramz Bakery and Cafe with local business and party leaders here last week. “Don't you have any Folger’s?” he cracked.  

Seventy miles northwest, fellow Indiana GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman told about 50 people at Soul Harvest Church in Cloverdale about shoveling manure: “I thought, Lord, what am I going to do with this experience?” He did what any self-described anti-establishment candidate would do and compared it to working in Washington, D.C.