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Donnelly, Braun race highlights area ballot

November 6, 2018

The long buildup to the 2018 midterm election is coming to a close as polls in Allen County prepared to open at 6 a.m. today. 

As of Monday, 28,466 people had voted early at Rousseau Centre in downtown Fort Wayne or at one of several satellite locations throughout the area, Beth Dlug, the county’s director of elections, said Monday. That number does not include absentee ballots mailed to the Election Board, Dlug said. 

About 31,000 people voted early in the 2016 presidential election, Dlug said. That year, about 140,000 people voted early and on Election Day, up about 2,000 voters from the 2012 presidential election. 

There are several high-profile races to watch today. The first is the race between U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Mike Braun. Recent polls show Donnelly and Braun in a dead heat, each polling about 43 percent. 

For Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District, the race isn’t nearly as close. According to recent polls, Rep. Jim Banks is outpacing Democratic challenger Courtney Tritch 55 percent to 34 percent.

State offices on the ballot include secretary of state, auditor and treasurer.

Locally, each district seat on the Allen County Council is up for re-election, as are all Allen County township boards and trustee positions. Two township races to watch are the Perry Township trustee race between Democrat Melissa Rinehart and Republican County Councilman Eric Tippmann, as well as the St. Joe Township trustee race between Republican incumbent Sarah Gnagy and Democrat Carol Griffin. 

Voters can find their voting location online at www.indianavoters.in.gov. 

dgong@jg.net

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