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Unusual election day ends with clear winners despite lagging ballot tally in Allen Co.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Election Day in Allen County ended with 100 percent of its precincts reporting results -- but with thousands of ballots still to counted.

It's the result of an unprecedented move to encourage mail-in voting and limit the number of people at the polls out of COVID-19 safety concerns.

Though all election day -- and walk-in early voting -- numbers were in by Tuesday night, officials have yet to begin counting the mail-in vote.

They have told Fort Wayne's NBC that could take 2 or 3 days.

In the meantime, there was little suspense in some high profile races.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Banks easily fended off a primary challenge and advances to the November general election. His opponent was yet to be determined.

The Fort Wayne Community Schools REPAIR measure, to provide $130 million for improvements, appeared headed to an easy approval with about 75 percent of voters supporting the plan.

On the state level, Gov. Eric Holcomb was unopposed and will meet Democrat Woody Myers, whose opposition dropped out weeks prior to the election, in the general election.

Pres. Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden each had opposition on the ballot, though their competition had already suspended their campaigns. Each won overwhelmingly.

A complete list of election results is available here.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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