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Porter County Republicans won big on Tuesday

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Begin with straight-party ballots. Of the 44,213 straight-party ballots cast, 53.95 percent went to Republicans, compared to only 45.35 percent to Democrats.

President Trump beat Joe Biden handily in Porter County, with 51.94 percent of the vote to Biden 45.74 percent. The Libertarian candidate, Jo Jorgensen, took 1.91 percent; and write-in candidates 0.41 percent.

Incumbent Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb did even better in Porter County, with 53.17 percent of the vote; and in the race for Attorney General Republican Todd Rokita took 54.12 percent of the vote.

Republicans also won all three judicial races in Porter County: Christopher Buckley unseated Democrat incumbent Judge David Chidester in the race for Porter Superior Court 4; incumbent Republican Judge Mary DeBoer fended off a challenge from Democrat Mitch Peters in the race for Porter Circuit Court bench; and Republican Mike Fish beat Democrat Matt Soliday in the race for the open bench of Porter Superior Court 1.

Two incumbent Democrats did buck the tide. Porter County Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South, narrowly defeated her Republican challenger, Fred Martin, with 50.14 percent of the vote. And Porter County Council Member Sylvia Graham, D-at large, was the only Democrat in the vote-for-three race to win, taking 16.76 percent of the vote, behind Republican challengers Andy Bozak, with 18.54 percent; and Mike Brickner, with 17.65 percent.

Porter County Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North, crushed his Democrat challenger, however, Becky Mateja Lombardini, with 57.14 percent of the vote.


Posted 11/4/2020




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