‘Tennessee Trey’ wins Indiana GOP congressional primary

Joseph Albert “Trey” Hollingsworth III, the young multimillionaire who moved from Tennessee to Indiana last fall, Tuesday won the Republican nomination to a congressional seat in his newly adopted state after spending $2 million of his own money in the campaign.

Further from the Indianapolis Star:

Trey Hollingsworth, 32, won the nomination by portraying himself as a political outsider and knocking off three seasoned Republican politicians: Attorney General Greg Zoeller and State Senators Erin Houchin and Brent Waltz.

Hollingsworth picked up the win with 34 percent… Houchin received 25 percent of the vote; and Zoeller had 22 percent.

He will square off in November against Indiana University professor Shelli Yoder, who won the Democrat primary with 70 percent of the vote.

…Hollingsworth, who moved to Indiana from (the East Tennessee town of Clinton) last year, out-spent his competitors by a wide margin and got a boost from a super PAC funded primarily by his father, who spent about $500,000 on ads attacking Zoeller as a political insider. It was an approach, political observers said, that played perfectly to a Republican electorate fed up with Washington politics — the same voters who propelled Donald Trump to a decisive Indiana win that knocked Ted Cruz out of the race.

In the final weeks of the campaign, Houchin and a new super PAC, funded primarily by Indianapolis businessman Bill Oesterle, struck back at Hollingsworth. The one-two punch included mailings and radio commercials labeling Hollingsworth as “Tennessee Trey,” a rich carpetbagger who moved to Indiana to buy a seat in Congress.