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    GOP Looks to Win Democratic Stronghold District for the First Time Since Prohibition

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    The final Republican to win a seat in Indiana’s 1st Congressional District was elected in 1928, when the Great Depression was still looming and Prohibition had been in full force.

    Jennifer-Ruth Green, a Republican candidate, is trying to change that.

    Green would carve out a niche for herself as the sole black Republican woman in the House and the only second black female Republican ever appointed to the House, per The Associated Press, in addition to overcoming a Democratic grip on the district dating back to the 1930 election.

    Frank Mrvan, a Democrat, is the opponent Green is facing. The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics changed the election’s status to a toss-up in July, signaling that this is not your typical campaign.

    “This working-class, post-industrial northwest Indiana district has seen its Democratic lean erode in the Donald Trump era, even though [President Joe] Biden still carried it by 8 points. But Democrats have been losing ground in these kinds of districts in recent years.” according to the website.

    Former Indiana state representative Charlie Brown, a Democrat from Gary, said: “Usually, people yawn over that because they know this has been a Democratic stronghold for years and years,”. “But they’ve got to be aware that this is somewhat different this time.”

    Former Democrats, according to Green, are switching to her side.

    “I have over ten volunteers on my campaign who said they have voted Democrat their whole life but are going to vote for me. I talk to people like that all over northwest Indiana every single day who say they are sick of the Biden/Pelosi agenda,” she tweeted on Wednesday.

    Green has served in the Air Force for more than 20 years, including time spent in Iraq. He is currently a member of the Indiana Air National Guard.

    The pitch she has also offers a change.

    “We’ll have the opportunity to tell people, ‘Hey, this is where we are. Is it producing good opportunity for you?” she questioned. “Or do you want something different?”

    Race, according to Green, is not the only factor in her campaign.

    “If I was who I was without any thoughtful leadership or character attached to it, I would not be effective in this role.” she remarked.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    Republican Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah, who is also black, said Green is not simply a black candidate.

    “What Jennifer represents are American values. … I think that actually really overcomes all the other stuff,” he said.

    The National Republican Campaign Committee said its field of House candidates includes 28 blacks, 33 Hispanics, 13 Asian-Americans and three Native Americans. CONTINUE READING…

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