By Nate Smith
Washington Times Herald
Washington’s Dave Crooks stood in front of a crowd of supporters at the Washington Moose on Tuesday and thanked them for supporting him on his close Congressional race.
A race that in the end went to incumbent Republican Larry Bucshon, R-Newburgh, by 52 to 44 percent margin according to data from the Associated Press. The Democrat called Bucshon just after 9 p.m. to congratulate him on the victory.
“It’s a clear win, district-wide,” Crooks said. “But we did eight points better than we were supposed to do according to projections. That’s just life.”
Crooks, who raised enough dollars in a very conservative part of the state to pull off a serious challenge, said their polling numbers were six points closer until a month ago, when two Super PACs spent $900,000 for negative advertising.
“It was like when we were close to winning the game in the fourth quarter, playing five against five, you are now playing five against 10,” Crooks said. “In my opinion, (the Citizens United) decision was one of the worst decisions the Supreme Court ever made. It allowed an unlimited amount of Super PAC money to go into districts like this across the country and make an impact.
“We knew six weeks ago, this race was a six-point margin.”
During the speech to supporters at the Moose, he thanked his family and his team during the 18-month campaign.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” Crooks said.
Bucshon’s comments were not until after press time. The heart surgeon pulled a convincing win in Crooks’ backyard, 58 to 40 percent in Daviess County, to secure votes. As of press time, Buchson was leading in Vanderburgh and Gibson counties, but Crooks had won Vigo and Sullivan counties.