Bil Browning

And the press releases start to come in...

Filed By Bil Browning | March 11, 2008 11:24 PM | comments

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The Indiana Democratic Party's release:

Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker congratulated Seventh District Congressional candidate Andre Carson on his win tonight in the special election to fill his late grandmother's seat.

"Andre ran a great campaign that focused on reaching out to every neighborhood and sharing his message of change," Parker said. "He'll make a great Congressman because his ideas and vision align with the values of Seventh District voters."

Carson won the special election with a decisive victory over Republican Jon Elrod.

Parker thanked the hundreds of volunteers who worked on Carson's behalf to raise awareness and promote the candidate over the past month.

"These volunteers didn't have to brave cold temperatures and inclement weather to help support Andre Carson," Parker said. "They did it because he inspired them to take to the streets and get out the vote."

DCCC release after the jump.

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Andre Carson 's special election victory in Indiana's 7th Congressional District.

"Congratulations to Andre Carson on his victory tonight. He is a tireless leader for the children and working families of Indianapolis.

"I am grateful to the Congressional Black Caucus, Senator Evan Bayh and Indiana's Democratic Congressional Delegation for encouraging the people of this district to vote for change by supporting Andre Carson. Andre Carson will be a tremendous asset to our Democratic Caucus as we fight to strengthen our economy, end the war in Iraq, and restore the American dream to America's middle class families.

"We look forward to working with Andre Carson and local and state Democrats to ensure a Democratic victory in November."

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What happens to the City-Council seat Carson will vacate? Another election, or does someone get to appoint a replacement?

Wilson46201 | March 12, 2008 5:04 PM

In Indiana, vacancies in elective offices are filled by a caucus of the precinct committeepeople of thw same party as the departing officeholder. The Democratic precinct committeepeople of District 16 will now have a caucus within 30days to fill the vacancy left by Congressman-Elect Andre Carson.

Only a vacant U.S. Senator slot is filled by an appointment (the governor gets that privilege).

Thanks for answering Wilson - I appreciate it.