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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
A victorious Rep. Marlin Stutzman and his family arrive at the GOP election celebration at Ceruti’s on Tuesday night.

Stutzman ‘grateful’ for re-election

– Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, easily won re-election in his first try.

Stutzman garnered at least 71 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Kevin Boyd, according to unofficial results from across his northeast Indiana district. Stutzman actually ran ahead of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in most of the 12 counties in the heavily Republican district.

Boyd had advocated protecting and strengthening public education, Social Security and Medicare, and he had described the Republican majority as dysfunctional. But his campaign was severely underfunded: Through September, he had collected slightly more than $40,000 in contributions, compared with about $837,000 for Stutzman.

“I knew it was going to be a tough race. We ran a race with integrity, and we ran a race that encompassed the whole district,” Boyd said Tuesday night. “If we could have raised more money and been able to be on TV, that might have helped some.”

The conservative Stutzman largely ignored Boyd in recent weeks, preferring instead to criticize President Obama, the federal health care law, deficit spending and government regulations that Stutzman contends hinder business growth.

“We are very grateful and humbled. I always felt if we focused on the right policies, doing the job right, constituent services, that the election would take care of itself, and it seems to have worked that way,” Stutzman said.

Stutzman, 36, a farmer and former state legislator from Howe, had received nearly 63 percent of the vote in the 2010 election to defeat former Fort Wayne Councilman Thomas Hayhurst for a seat left open by Republican Mark Souder’s resignation.

Boyd, 57, minister of a Presbyterian church in Fort Wayne and an assistant manager at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance, ran for Congress in 2006 and for a City Council seat in 2011.

Stutzman is a member of the House Budget, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs’ committees.