Elections & Politics

Tippecanoe County Election Results: District 26; County Coroner; Surveyor

May 4, 2016
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CORONER 

It was a close race, but Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Hart Avolt eked out a 266-vote win over rival Mark Buono Tuesday. 

Avolt is the widow of longtime Tippecanoe County coroner David Avolt, and took over the position after his death in 2012.

Avolt was among the last people still watching returns file in at the Tippecanoe County Building Tuesday evening. Long after other winners had been called, the coroners’ race was still in contention.

courtesy Dan Coats

Indiana's primary was notable for its domino effect, which went something like this:

1. A sitting senator decides to retire.

2. Two sitting congressmen run to replace him.

3. Those two seats need filling, sparking hotly-contested races in the northeast and south-central parts of the state.

Young Wins Senate Contest

Representative Todd Young (R-9th) Tuesday easily defeated fellow U.S. House member Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) to secure the Republican nomination for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat. 

Ted Cruz campaign

Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, multiple media outlets announced what many had suspected for days: Donald Trump had won the Indiana GOP primary

But about 90 minutes later came the news fewer expected: Trump had also knocked his lone viable adversary out of the race

Cruz Stays, Loses, Quits

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 Actor Sean Astin spent Election Day stumping the state for Hillary Clinton and talking to Hoosiers about the importance of their vote.  In recent years, Indiana has consistently ranked low for voter turnout. Astin emphasizes every vote counts.

“Hopefully people realize that’s it’s not just who wins or loses but it’s the margins by which those people win or lose could make or break the campaign,” Astin says. “I mean this is really pivotal moment and Hoosiers ought to stand up and be counted.”

Near-Record Turnouts Possible For Indiana Primary

May 3, 2016

Indiana has historically ranked very low among the 50 states in voter turnout during primary elections, but that might not be the case this year.

Indiana is expected to be a big player in both the Democratic and Republican presidential races.

Andy Downs from the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics says turnout for this year’s primary could be record-setting, or very close to it. And while Indiana is receiving a wealth of unexpected national attention, it’s not unprecedented.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is challenging Donald Trump's foreign-policy credentials as the Indiana primary draws closer.

Both Cruz and Trump have touted a bombs-away approach to ISIS, with Cruz saying he'd like to find out "whether sand glows in the dark" and Trump saying he'd "bomb the ---- out of them."

Cruz says Trump’s answer to a foreign policy question only makes matters worse.

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Presidential candidates have blanketed Indiana over the last couple of weeks, seeking to secure as many delegates as possible in the hunt for their parties’ nomination.

Here's how Republican and Democratic delegates are doled out based on Tuesday’s results:

Indiana has 57 Republican delegates up for grabs.  Thirty of those delegates will vote for the statewide winner on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention. 

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As many as a thousand union members and supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Friday in support of laid-off Carrier factory workers.

Sanders' last-minute appearance at the protest came days before Tuesday's primary election, where the Carrier story has taken center stage.

The diverse crowd on the statehouse lawn wielded signs reading "Keep it made in America" and "Save our jobs, stop corporate greed," and chanted union slogans like "stand up, fight back."

Ted Cruz campaign

Gov. Mike Pence Friday announced his endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), just four days before Indiana’s primary.  Pence was quick to add the caveat that he’ll support whoever the Republican nominee is this fall.

Pence calls Cruz a “principled conservative” who is willing to stand up to party leadership to defend his convictions. 

The governor says he’s not worried his endorsement will alienate some Republican voters.

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On a campaign stop at Purdue University Wednesday, Democrat Bernie Sanders said he’s staying in the presidential race to win it, even after his losses Tuesday make it increasingly unlikely for him to secure the nomination.

Sanders lost four of Tuesday’s five primaries.  But he says he’s in the Hoosier State to win, and he’s staying in the race to become the Democratic nominee for president.

“And with your help, super delegates may well reach the conclusion that Bernie Sanders will be the strongest candidate against Donald Trump or any other Republican,” Sanders says.

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