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Republican Sally Siegrist eked out a narrow win over Democrat Vicky Woeste in the race to represent West Lafayette in the state legislature.

Siegrist, a Tippecanoe County Councilor, will fill the seat vacated by departing four-term Republican Randy Truitt.

On Tuesday night, Siegrist’s jubilation was somewhat tempered when her County Council resignation was proffered for her to sign after her victory was announced.

“It is a little melancholy, to be leaving the council,” said Siegrist.

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PRESIDENT

Trump/Pence (R):  48.59%

Clinton/Kaine (D): 43.05%

Johnson/Weld (L): 6.33%

U.S. SENATE

Todd Young (R): 47.72%

Evan Bayh (D): 45.86%

Lucy Brenton (L): 6.36%

GOVERNOR

Eric Holcomb (R): 48.09%

John Gregg (D): 48.21%

Rex Bell (L): 3.66%

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Curtis T. Hill, Jr. (R): 58.06%

Lorenzo Arredondo (D): 41.94%

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

Glenda Ritz (D): 51.84%

Indiana Elections 2016: State Updates

Nov 8, 2016
Eric Weddle / WFYI

10:47 p.m. -- HOLCOMB GIVES VICTORY SPEECH AT GOP WATCH PARTY

GOP Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb beat challenger John Gregg to become the next governor. Holcomb talks at the Indiana GOP election watch party at the GW Marriot in Downtown Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

10:06 p.m. -- AP CALLS STATE SUPERINTENDENT RACE

McCormick defeated incumbent Glenda Ritz (D) for the superintendent seat.

9:51 p.m. -- TODD YOUNG GIVES U.S. SENATE VICTORY SPEECH

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

In an election year that’s been frustrating for so many, students at Lafayette’s Jefferson High School marched to the polls Tuesday with a sense of forward-looking optimism.

The day dawned rainy, but it had let up by the time the first group of Jeff High students walked across 18th Street to the county fairgrounds around 8:15 a.m.

Some of these students, who are studying government and American history, have turned 18 in time to vote for the first time.

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With nearly 32,600 ballots cast by the early voting deadline on Monday, Tippecanoe County was about 4,300 votes short of the early voting record set in 2008.

In the final four hours of early voting between 8 a.m. and noon, several hundred voters endured a 2 ½ hour wait in a line that line stretched from the sidewalk outside the county office building, up several flights of stairs to the election office on the third floor.

Courtney Stephenson says she has to work on Election Day, so she decided to wait her turn on Monday.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Voters hoping to cast their ballots on the final day of early voting Monday faced massive lines and hours-long waits, although there were worse days to be stuck in line outside. 

The early voters waiting at the Tippecanoe County Office Building enjoyed crystal blue skies and balmy 70-degree temperatures during what, for some, was a three-hour wait. 

At least one person came to vote, saw the sign advertising the long wait and left.

Tippecanoe County’s Timothy Rodriquez was voting early because he was going to be out-of-state Tuesday.

West Lafayette Public Library

We Are All Connected is a “multimedia, multiracial experience examining the role of the feminine in world culture and the rise to greater recognition of women’s voices.” Events and affinity councils are free and open to people of all genders, now at West Lafayette Public Library through December 8th. It's presented by Indiana Voices of Women and the Purdue Black Cultural Center.

John Clare spoke with steering committee members Barb Clark and Ileana Cortes Santiago about the events.

Hoosiers Break Early Voting Record, Near-Record Turnout In Tippecanoe County

Nov 4, 2016
Jashin Lin / WTIU News

More Hoosiers have voted early this year than during the previous two Presidential elections.

And, state election officials expect that number will continue to climb until early voting ends at noon Monday.

Unlike absentee voting, any registered voter can vote early in-person for any reason. And Hoosiers are taking advantage of that by the thousands.

In 2008, more than 662,000 Hoosiers voted early.  By Friday afternoon, Indiana voters had exceeded that record by more than 2,000 people –nearly 14 percent of registered voters.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

Against the backdrop of a statewide nursing shortage, Purdue University has plans to double its nursing school enrollment, increasing its annual class size by 100 students.

As the state’s population ages, its nursing workforce ages, too, says Indiana State Nurses Association Policy and Advocacy Director Blayne Miley. He says care providers will need to hustle to fill positions.

“We need a pipeline that’s going to produce enough nurses not only to replace the nurses that are retiring,” he says, “but also to meet the increased demand for healthcare services.”

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School districts around the state, including Clinton Central, are posing nine different referenda on ballots.

These ballot measures are becoming an important part of school funding.

School referenda became a common practice after 2008, when the legislature put caps on the amount of property taxes that could be collected.

Because property taxes were a huge revenue stream for school districts, many schools were put in a tough place financially.

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