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People across Huntington County are went to the polls today to vote in this year's primary election.
Wabash margin gives Sweet win over Leonard
With all precincts reporting in Huntington and Wabash Counties, Lorissa Sweet leads Dan Leonard 3,892 to 3,019.
Given that significant margin, it is highly unlikely that the outstanding results from townships in Miami or Wells counties will change the outcome.
While Leonard won 53% of votes in Huntington County, Sweet earned more than 70% of votes in Wabash County.
Mickley defeats Boone in narrow County Council race
With 100% of precincts reporting, incumbent county councilman Kendall Mickley held a six-vote lead over County Assessor Terri Boone. Mickley leads Boone 516-510.
Boone conceded the result and told the Herald-Press she does not plan to request a recount. Under Indiana law, there is no automatic threshold under which a recount is automatically triggered.
Burnworth odd one out for township board seat
Tim Guy, Tamera Kline and Mike Perkins were elected to the three open seats on the Huntington Township Board, leaving Patty Burnworth (1099 votes) as the one candidate to not qualify.
With no Democratic candidates running in the primary, Perkins (1358), Kline (1176) and Guy (1162) are the presumptive winners in the general election as well.
Voters turn out in Huntington, Wabash Counties
A lack of many contested races and dreary spring weather didn't keep primary election voters away from the polls Tuesday.
One of the more high-profile races – between incumbent Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) and Wabash County Councilmember Lorissa Sweet – involved voters from both Huntington County and neighboring Wabash County.
Leonard himself was still on the campaign trail outside the Huntington County Courthouse with less than an hour before polls closed yesterday. He was accompanied by a few supporters, including Jodie Posillipo, who said she had been out all day talking to voters.
"Dan is definitely a conservative Republican," Posillipo said. "He's for small government. He's supported by Right to Life, second amendment – that's all important to me. I think we need to get back to our roots and more of why we are a country, which is our constitution."
A Sweet supporter also was in the same area talking with voters, although she declined to comment.
Yvette Runkle, Huntington County's Voter Registration Deputy Clerk, said it had been "slow" at the courthouse and that the county had seen roughly 17% turnout as of 5 p.m. yesterday.
At one Wabash County vote center, Zion Lutheran Church, poll worker Kayla Vandiepenbos said they day about 80 voters turn out to that location on Monday and had about 295 as of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Voting is going really well today. Everything's working great,” said Vandiepenbos. “I've never done this before, but from what I'm hearing it's going very well. We have quite a few voters yesterday.”
As voters made their way down the church's driveway to park outside there were competing signs on either side of the road for candidates in the 50th district race.
The man holding the Leonard sign on one sign of the road declined a Plain Dealer request for comment.
However, the couple seated across the road holding signs supporting Sweet, Loren and Bernadette Hays, were quick to express their support, for obvious reasons.
“She's our daughter,” said Bernadette Hays, laughing. “As far as we know it's going good.”
Loren Hays said the voting had been “fairly steady” all day.
“We've never voted here before, so we don't have anything to compare it with, but there seems to be a fairly decent flow,” said Loren Hays.
Bernadette Hays said she had been campaigning at a voting location in Converse from 6 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
“For fairly small precinct to vote it was pretty steady,” said Bernadette Hays.
When asked if there had been any arguments with the Leonard supporter across the road, Bernadette Hays just laughed.
“Oh no,” she said. “We're not throwing anything.”