Primary Election

Election & Politics
10:34 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Mourdock wins GOP nomination for U.S. Senate

After 36 years serving Indiana in the U.S. Senate, Dick Lugar’s political career likely came to an end Tuesday as state Treasurer Richard Mourdock secured a decisive victory. 

The surprise was perhaps not so much that Mourdock defeated Lugar, but the margin by which he beat him.  Leading into Tuesday, the momentum appeared to be trending Mourdock’s way – an independent poll released just days before the election put Mourdock ten points ahead of the incumbent senator. But the final margin was nearly double that.

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Election & Politics
12:17 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Democrats choose Nelson over Moore in 4th Congressional District

Democrat Tara Nelson will be the party’s nominee in the 4th Congressional District.

She won 58% of the vote over Lester Moore in Tuesday’s Primary.

Nelson thinks the General Election race against incumbent Republican Todd Rokita will be tough. However, she feels prepared to take her message to voters.

Election & Politics
12:13 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Negele defeats Young in IN House District 13

Attica Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Negele claimed the Republican nomination in Indiana House District 13 race.

She won 65% of the vote over opponent Dan Young.

Negele was the party’s nominee two-years ago in House District 42. She says that experience gave her more confidence going into this Primary Election.

"I knew what to expect and understood, to cover eight counties, the financial requirement. I was blessed to have strong financial supporters, which was critical to cover the district. I'm honored and overwhelmed by the endorsement from the voters."

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Election & Politics
11:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Hockema defeats Payne in HD27 Primary

The November ballot is set in House District 27.

Greater Lafayette Republican voters chose a man who touts his law and business background as the reason he will represent the area well in Indianapolis.

To do so, Chuck Hockema is going to have to defeat a woman who has served in Indianapolis for 30 years.

The political novice defeated Jan Payne in Tuesday's Primary by receiving nearly 64-percent of the votes.

Hockema believes his law degree and work in the private sector give him valuable experience that he thinks is needed in Indianapolis.

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Election & Politics
11:52 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Democrats pick Cornstuble to face Truitt in HD26

A former Lafayette City Councilor is going to try to further his political career as a state representative. 

Rick Cornstuble defeated Eric Thiel for the House District 26 Democratic nomination in Tuesday's Primary.

Cornstuble garnered nearly 59-percent of the vote. 

He says he is happy to have won the primary by such a wide margin, but knows he will have to fight hard to defeat incumbent Randy Truitt in November.

Before his term on the Lafayette city council, Cornstuble served for 30-years with the Indiana State Teacher’s Association.

Election & Politics
11:49 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Narrow margin determines at-large Tippecanoe Council race

Nineteen votes determined the final Republican candidate on the November ballot for the at-large Tippecanoe County Council seats.

Bryan Metzger got the nod over Gary Schroeder.

Metzger, who has worked both with the county extension office and fairgrounds, believes he can bring a unique set of skills to the council.

The county is going to examine 21-provisional ballots that were cast during Tuesday’s primary.  A determination on their legitimacy must come May 18th.

Incumbents John Basham and Kevin Underwood appear poised to return to the council.

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Election & Politics
11:00 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Montgomery Co. incumbents win Primaries

Montgomery County voters seem satisfied with those representing them on the local level.

Seven county office holders faced a challenge during the Primary. All were able to claim their party's nomination.

County Recorder Kathy Traughber and Clerk Jennifer Bentley won the GOP nomination, both earning more than 60% of the vote.

County Council At-Large members Tom Utley, Michael Plant, and Aaron Morgan earned the three spots on the November ballot over Tracy Budd.

Election & Politics
12:29 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Lugar and Mourdock make stops in WL

Senator Dick Lugar (center) tours the West Lafayette waste water treatment plant with Mayor John Dennis (left), Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes, and Utility Director Dave Henderson.
Mike Loizzo WBAA

The U.S. Senate candidates are making their final push for votes Monday.

Republicans Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock are in a close race for the party’s nomination.

Lugar made stops in Otterbein, West Lafayette and Frankfort Monday morning.  The West Lafayette stop included a tour of the city's waste water treatment plant.

Mourdock is expected in West Lafayette at 4 p.m. He’s speaking at the Immanuel Reformed Presbyterian Church on County Road 600 North, just east of State Road 43.

Election & Politics
8:52 am
Mon April 2, 2012

4th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Congressman Todd Rokita is ending his first term in office without a challenger in the Primary Election. However, the Republican will have opposition in November.

Two Democrats are vying for their party's nomination in the 4th Congressional District.

WBAA's Mike Loizzo reports on the race between Tara Nelson and Lester Moore.

For more information about the candidates, click on the links below:

Tara Nelson

Lester Moore

Election & Politics
4:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Sen. Lugar must re-register to vote in May's Primary

U.S. Senator Dick Lugar will re-register to vote after his right to vote in Indiana’s primary was denied by the Marion County election board.  The decision was part of a legal agreement that kept the issue from being decided in court.

The Marion County Election board ruled a couple weeks ago that Senator Lugar and his wife were no longer eligible to vote using the address of their Indianapolis home as proof of residency. The couple sold the home in 1977, after Lugar was first elected to the Senate.

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