Knox County: Prosecutor Race heats up primary election

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – This story will be updated with race results.

Signs lined the walk-ways around polling places in Knox County Tuesday and voters trickled in to make their voice heard.

Election officials told reporters polling numbers weren’t that high as of 5:00 p.m. eastern Tuesday, but two contested races may bring voters out to polling locations.

“I think the two big races are the republican race for prosecutor, I’m sure we’re going to have people switching for parties to vote for a person they support, even though normally they may not vote in that primary,” said Dale Webster with the Knox County Election Board.

One voter told News 10 off camera Knox County’s race for prosecutor had made a big change from years past. Both republican candidates vying for the nomination in the fall had created facebook pages as parts of campaign efforts. The new changes come amid Knox County’s long election history; which finds itself proud with over two centuries of elections.

“Long Standing Tradition of Vincennes being in the middle of Politics, going way back to the 19th Century,” said Kirk Abendroth, Political Science Instructor with Vincennes University.

Abendroth noted many people in Knox County have much pride in their right to vote because of the media; notably, print publications.

“One, is we’ve always had a strong media presence,” said Abendroth. At the Knox County library, microfilm records were found portraying elections in Knox County dating back to 1807; the oldest paper the library had in its collection. “These are the issues that really fire people up: are my streets going to paved? What’s going to be done about my trash pick up.”

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