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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Voters at the Baker Street Station Tuesday

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:00 am

15% of voters in county visit polls

US Senate race generated the most interest

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Voter turnout in Allen County for Tuesday's primary election was just 15 percent, according to unofficial returns.

That tops the 12 percent of registered voters who cast ballots in the primary election in 2014.

Fewer voters typically turn out for primary elections than general or midterm elections, but Allen County elections officials this week reported the number of ballots cast in early voting doubled from 2014.

Returns show 37,855 people cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Nearly 17 percent of those – 6,406 – were absentee ballots. Local elections officials said 249,955 people are registered to vote in Allen County.

Races that garnered the most votes were for federal offices including U.S. Senate and U.S. House.  

More than 22,600 voters cast ballots in the Senate race in which Republican businessman Mike Braun defeated U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. Braun will take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in November.

More than 13,500 people voted in a Democratic primary in which Courtney Tritch defeated John Roberson and Tommy Schrader to run for a House seat held by Republican Jim Banks. Banks got 20,435 votes and was running unopposed in his primary.