Welcome to our live Primary Election night chat. Polls closed a little less than an hour ago and we already have results coming in.
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We've got nearly half the districts reporting in Porter County.
1st District Republican candidates Joel Phelps and Dave Wenger are a single vote apart in Porter County. In Lake County, Phelps has a decided advantage.
In the Porter County Commissioners Race, on the Republican side, Mike Heinold and John Evans are about 1,000 votes ahead of Jim Polarek and Jim Biggs, respectively.
Merrilee Frey is ahead for Lake Co. coroner, but it's still early. Not even 20 percent of precincts reporting.
JR, check the links I put up at the top of this chat.
On the Democratic side for Porter County Commissioner, Laura Shurr Blaney has a healthy lead over Jerry Puckett.
We'll see a HUGE influx of money in the Senate race for the general election. I'm guessing even more than in the primary. This is the Democrats' chance to win back a seat.
Not surprising. Don't forget, Lake County was responsible for holding up results for the Democratic presidential primary four years ago.
RT @nwi_MarcChase: Waiting for Dem coroner frontrunner Merrilee Frye in Hobart. #nwipolitics
Tweet from @DanCoats: Congrats to @richardmourdock on winning IN GOP Sen nomination. I encourage Hoosiers to support him in Nov. #INSen
Tweet No. 2 from @DanCoats: My sincere thanks & gratitude to @senatorlugar for his yrs of honorable service. He has had a distinguished career.
Richard Mourdock email: "When I began my campaign for U.S. Senate in 2011, I started it in a unique way – asking for a round of applause for Dick Lugar. Senator Dick Lugar has served Indiana with distinction for 35 years of his life, and we are grateful. Let's start the General Election in the same way we started the Primary – by honoring someone that we all owe a lot to – our Senator.
"I am also thankful to you. You stood by our campaign through thick and thin. When the political prognosticators were saying that we couldn't win, it was you who volunteered and donated. When money was tight and the polls were not in our favor, you still made calls and went door-to-door.
"Without you, we would not be where we are today – the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate here in Indiana.
"Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we start the General Election."
Interesting - President Obama released this statement on Lugar's defeat: As a friend and former colleague, I want to express my deep appreciation for Dick Lugar’s distinguished service in the United States Senate. While Dick and I didn’t always agree on everything, I found during my time in the Senate that he was often willing to reach across the aisle and get things done. My administration’s efforts to secure the world’s most dangerous weapons has been based on the work that Senator Lugar began, as well as the bipartisan cooperation we forged during my first overseas trip as Senator to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Senator Lugar comes from a tradition of strong, bipartisan leadership on national security that helped us prevail in the Cold War and sustain American leadership ever since. He has served his constituents and his country well, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
We're up to 255 precincts reporting in Lake County. Nearly half
Competitive race on the Democratic side for Lake County recorder with Mike Brown ahead of Michelle Fajman by 680 votes
75 percent of precincts reporting in Porter County.
Anyone else surprised by the fact that Ron Paul currently has 21 percent of the vote in Porter County?