FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – NBC News projects incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has been reelected to office.
Banks, a Republican, led Democratic nominee Courtney Tritch by a wide margin in early returns, which is one factor — along with other analysis — in declaring a winner.
Analysts suggested that Democrats had little chance of unseating the first-term Republican, Banks, in a district that gave President Donald Trump a nearly-35 point win in 2016.
But Tritch out-fundraised Banks in the final quarter of the campaign and hoped to produce a major upset in Republican-leaning Indiana, where only two Congressional seats belong to the Democrats.
Banks has represented the district in the House since 2017, coasting into his first term without serious opposition in the general election.
Throughout the campaign, he touted his conservative credentials, which included strong support for the Republican tax cut plan, a pro-life commitment and his vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Third District encompasses most of the Fort Wayne’s NBC viewing area.