Politics

Will Big Spending in Indiana Lead To a Win?

Perhaps not, looking at Maryland's recently concluded House primary

Indiana state Sen. Erin Houchin is one of five candidates running in the state's 9th District Republican primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In Indiana’s competitive  9th Congressional District Republican primary race, there’s a big spender. A really big spender. His name is Joseph A. “Trey” Hollingsworth III (Roll Call has already delved into other oddities about his candidacy , like how he’s from Tennessee ), and he’s been blanketing the airwaves with campaign ads in the five-way race for GOP Rep. Todd Young’s open seat — which is rated Safe Republican  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. There are unique challenges in the contest, like how no one in his adopted hometown of Jeffersonville has really seen him outside of their TV screens, but money isn’t one of them.  

[Rothenberg & Gonzales/Roll Call Race Ratings map] Tuesday's Democratic primary in Maryland's 8th District also featured a big spender. In the race for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's seat, rated Safe Democrat , Potomac wine businessman David Trone became the largest self-funded House candidate ever. But he lost to American University constitutional law professor/state Sen. Jamie Raskin, who was the third-biggest spender in the race.  

Here’s the layout of cash disbursement in both contests. Indiana’s primary is May 3.  Nathan L. Gonzales contributed to this report. [Van Hollen and McGinty Prove Democratic Establishment Still Has Muscle] Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call on your iPhone or your Android.