Republican voters turn out in Northeast Indiana
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018 7:12am
UNDATED – Republicans turned out the votes in Northeast Indiana on Tuesday and swept Jim Banks to a second term in the U-S House.
Banks defeated Democrat Courtney Tritch by getting 65% of the vote to 35% for Tritch.
It was a disappointment for Democrats who fielded their most qualified candidate in a dozen years hoping to ride a blue wave that never reached Northeast Indiana.
Tritch conceded the race issuing a statement that said: “While tonight's result was not what we had hoped for, this campaign was nevertheless historic. From the beginning, this campaign has never been about me; it was about building a movement in northeast Indiana for positive, pragmatic change. It is my sincere hope that the progress we created will continue long after tonight as the residents of this district continue to use their voices to champion the rights of all people.”
In races for State Representative, Republican Dennis Zent won re-election as he captured 75% of the vote in LaGrange and Steuben Counties. Republican
Dave Abbott of Rome City won the District 82 House seat, nabbing 74% of the vote. Abbott served 27 years on the Rome City town council.