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Stutzman overwhelms Democratic challenger

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 7:58 am

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Howe, overwhelmed his Democratic challenger Tuesday, easily cruising to a second term.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the 3rd Congressional District, Stutzman had accumulated 67 percent of the total vote, giving him a 34-percentage-point victory over Democrat Kevin Boyd.

Stutzman said he was pleased with the strong support he received from voters but also pointed to tough challenges Congress will face in the near future.

“I’m humbled by the support,” Stutzman said. “Many people are concerned about the $16 trillion national debt and high unemployment.”

The Associated Press called the race for Stutzman shortly after 8 p.m., before Allen County even started reporting its vote totals. The margin in Allen County was slightly less than the rest of the rural district, which leans heavily toward Republicans.

Boyd, who also faced a massive gap in fundraising compared with the GOP incumbent, said he wasn’t happy with the results but knew that unseating Stutzman would be an improbable feat.

“We went into this race knowing it would be an uphill battle,” Boyd said Tuesday night. “I ran a race I can be proud of.”

For Boyd, the race included logging tens of thousands of miles in his campaign car, visiting each of the district’s 12 counties multiple times in an effort to boost his name recognition.

Boyd said he had “no regrets” about the race – saying only that he wished his campaign could have made up more ground against Stutzman’s fundraising advantage, which would have allowed him to compete with the incumbent’s TV and radio ads.

“I wish we’d had more money, but the funds we had, we used and got every ounce of power out of it,” Boyd said.

Stutzman’s victory Tuesday gave him his second blowout win in two tries for the House seat. In 2010, Stutzman defeated Democrat Tom Hayhurst by almost 30 percentage points to win his first term in the House.