Voters overwhelmingly selected Dee Thornton in the May 8 primary as the Democratic candidate in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives Fifth District seat. With most precincts reporting, the Carmel resident received 59 percent of the vote in a field of five candidates seeking the seat held by Republican Susan Brooks, who was unopposed in her primary.
Thornton said she was humbled by the strong show of support and “couldn’t be happier” with the results.
“I know that we were running a strong race, and I think the results demonstrated that,” she said. “I am encouraged by the overall turnout in the midterm. While my victory speaks loudly, I think the overall results in the midterm – because of all of the candidates that were participating and the level of interest – speaks volumes.”
Thornton received 8,331 of the 22,468 votes cast for candidates in the Fifth District Democratic primary from precincts reporting as of press time. Kyle Moore finished second with 18.9 percent of the vote, followed by Dion Douglas (9.6 percent), Eshel Faraggi (7 percent) and Sean Dugdale (5.6 percent).
Thornton said she plans to take a couple days off before focusing her campaign on the November general election.
“At this point the race changes,” she said. “I look forward to really putting forth a strong campaign against the incumbent.”