Boy, Tallian officially winners
MICHIGAN CITY – Three days after Indiana’s general election, two of La Porte County’s Statehouse candidates officially won their races on Friday.
Porter County officials released their vote totals Friday afternoon, after days of confusion, anger and finger-pointing, which also saw the FBI called in to investigate complaints of election fraud.
The delay held up results in the Senate District 4 and House District 9 legislative races because those districts include precincts in both La Porte and Porter counties. And while both candidates had comfortable leads after vote totals were released, neither wanted to proclaim victory prematurely.
When the Porter County totals finally came out, Michigan City Common Council member Patricia Boy won easily over Republican challenger Dan Granquist.
Boy already had a 10,512-6,169 lead after La Porte County totals were released Tuesday night. In Porter County, Boy again beat Granquist, 2,562-2,460 for a final margin of victory of 13,074-8,629. That’s just about 60 percent of the vote going to Boy and 40 percent to Granquist.
In the Senate race, incumbent Democrat Karen Tallian of Beverly Shores also handily won her race over Republican challenger Cole Stultz.
In La Porte County, Tallian received 7,653 votes to 4,365 for Stultz; and in Porter County, she outpolled her opponent 18,981-13,121. That meant a final victory total of 26,634-17,486, again a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent.
La Porte County Democratic Chairman James Kimmel had said Wednesday he has no doubt both would win, saying, “Both Pat and Karen will be just fine.”
Both Boy and Tallian had said they felt “pretty good” about their chances for victory.