The blue-ing of
Porter County--which began in 2008 with Barrack Obamaís election and
continued in 2012 with his re-election--ended on Tuesday.
convincingly beat Hillary Clinton here with 50 percent of the vote, to
Clintonís 43 percent: 38,719 to 33,531.
Johnson took 5 percent of the vote, with 4,242; and write-in candidates 2
percent, with 1,492.
Trumpís margin of
victory in Porter County--7 percentage points--is somewhat wider than
Obamaís was in 2012, when Obama beat Republican Mitt Romney by 4 percentage
points: 51 percent to 47. That closer result in 2012 reflects a far smaller
number of Libertarian and write-in ballots: only 2 percent.
Voter turnout, on
the other hand, was actually marginally smaller on Tuesday, when 62 percent
of registered voters actually cast ballots: 78,790 of 126,941. Voter turnout
in 2012: 64 percent. Turnout in 2008: 66 percent.
That dip in turnout
on Tuesday, however, is at least partly the result of a surge in voter
registration not subsequently matched by actual ballot-casting: 126,941
residents of Porter County were officially registered to vote, compared to
114,618 in 2012 (an 11-percent increase from four years ago); and compared
to 112,811 in 2008 (a 13-percent increase from eight years ago).
In actual raw
numbers, on the other hand, 4,980 or 7 percent more residents voted
on Tuesday than did in 2012: 78,790 compared to 73,810 (but only 3,997 or 5
percent more than the 74,793 who voted in 2008).
voting, meanwhile, dropped off on Tuesday among Democrats, who were
evidently responding to the new law under which voters cast a
straight-ticket ballot still had to individually vote for County Council
candidates. Only 49 percent of the straight-ticket ballots went Democrat,
compared to 56 percent in 2012; while 48 percent went Republican, compared
to 42 percent in 2012.
There was plenty of
ticket-splitting, though. Four Democrat incumbents won re-election: Sylvia
Graham and Dan Whitten to their at-large seats on the County Council;
Surveyor Kevin Breitzke; and Treasurer Michelle Clancy.
GOP winners were
challenger Jeff Larson, beating Democrat incumbent Bob Poparad for the third
at-large County Council seat; Jim Biggs, to the open North County seat on
the Board of Commissioners; and incumbent State Rep. Ed Soliday to his 1st
In Dunelandís 29
precincts, Trump took 9,273 votes to Clintonís 8,047: 49 percent to 42
percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson took another 1,007 votes or 5 percent; and
write-in candidates 791 or 4 percent.
Trump won 19 of the
29 precincts to Clintonís 10. He took all seven Liberty precincts, all five
Jackson precincts, Pine 1, and the following Westchester precincts: 8, 9,
11, 14, 16, and 18. Clinton took Pine 2 and these Westchester precincts: 1,
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 17.
Turnout in Duneland
was marginally better than countywide: 64 percent, with 19,118 actually
voting of 29,877 registered.
A total of 3,509 or
18 percent of Republicans voted straight-ticket (compared to 18 percent in
2012); while 3,487 or 18 percent of Democrats voted straight-ticket (24
percent in 2012).