Stutzman’s Strategic Blunders Cost Congressman Indiana Senate Seat

Stutzman’s Strategic Blunders Cost Congressman Indiana Senate Seat

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are promoting religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Martin Stutzman had high hopes when he announced his bid for US Senate from Indiana last year, some believed he would be headed to Washington…

However, campaign turmoil and a myriad of other issues from the beginning made for a rough campaign for Stutzman, and election night reflected the Congressman’s tumultuous, unimpressive organization.

According to Jordan Gehrke of Vertical Strategies:

“It’s worth studying the contrast between the Senate race and the Congressional race in Indiana’s third district. We had a front row seat down the stretch of the campaign.

Jim Banks is a conservative from the Ft. Wayne area. Armed with the right credentials, the support of conservative groups across the country, and a resume of conservative accomplishment, he won his race for Congress against a field of tough, well funded opponents.

Marlin Stutzman is a conservative Congressman from the Ft. Wayne area. Armed with the right credentials, the support of conservative groups across the country, and a resume of conservative accomplishment, he got absolutely demolished in his race for Senate.

So what happened? In short, candidates matter, and the campaigns they run matter.”

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