U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's loss to state Treasurer Richard Mourdock wasn't the only race during Tuesday's primary election. There were two school referendums on ballots, and various other Republicans and Democrats were jockeying for positions in November's fall election.
With all 327 precincts in Allen County reporting – but results still unofficial – Fort Wayne Community Schools' $119 million referendum passed by a wide margin, at 66 percent to 34 percent. East Allen County Schools' $89 million referendum failed, with only 36 percent of voters supporting it.
According to the Allen County Election Board, an unofficial total of 46,773 votes were cast, including absentee ballots, of 246,389 registered voters. That is 19 percent turnout.
In the highest-profile race in Allen County, incumbent Republican Nelson Peters handily defeated challengers John McGauley and William Phillips; Peters will face Democrat Gordon Anthony for the District 1 County Commissioner slot.
Allen County will also select a new coroner in the fall, with current coroner E. Jon Brandenberger being term-limited. Republican Craig Nelson handily defeated Gary Washington in the primary and will face Democrat Norman Knuth in November.
Democrats and Republicans will also choose at-large candidates for Allen County Council, with Democrats Sharon Tucker, Gina Burgess and Dennis Sprunger competing with Republicans Roy Buskirk, Robert Armstrong and Bill Brown for three slots.
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