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Tippecanoe County Council

Following a trend that extended to several Indiana statehouse races, a pair of incumbent Tippecanoe County leaders were stopped in their bids for re-election Tuesday.

County Councilman Jeffrey Kemper (R-3rd) was bested by former Tippecanoe County councilwoman Kathy Vernon, but the margin was slim. Vernon polled just 36 more votes than Kemper in a race where more than 3200 ballots were cast -- a margin of less than 1-percent.

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Here is a list of some of the contested races in Tuesday's primary election (party affiliations in parentheses). All winners are nominated to represent their party in November's general election. Full results are available at the county's website.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff (R)
Barry Richard 6008
Dave Heath     5583

Tippecanoe County Council Dist. 3 (R)
Kathy Vernon 1660
Jeffrey Kemper 1624

WFIU Public Media

10:00 p.m. Tuesday update:

With a majority of the vote counted, WBAA is projecting Democrat John Dale will be his party's nominee to challenge incumbent Congressman Todd Rokita in the November general election.

State of Indiana

Governor Mike Pence is nominating State Auditor Tim Berry to lead the Indiana Republican Party as its new chairman.

When current state GOP chair Eric Holcomb announced he would resign, he said his decision was in part to allow Pence to help steer the direction of the party’s future.  And Pence is opting to throw his support behind Berry, whose second term as state auditor would have ended at the beginning of 2015. He's also a former two term state treasurer.

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