FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Democrats across the area kept an eye on several races, both national and local, at a Primary Election night watch party hosted by the Allen County Democrats. Dozens of local democrats showed up at the watch party waiting for the results to roll in.
There were a few surprises on the democratic side but party chairman Jack Morris said overall he is confident that most of the candidates chosen will go all the way in November’s election.
Perhaps the most anticipated was the presidential race. Although Hillary Clinton has been the front-runner, there was a shake up with Bernie Sanders winning Indiana’s Democratic Primary.
Morris said he knew it would be a close race and even though he predicted Clinton would win, he wasn’t surprised to see Sanders take Indiana.
“I thought that Hillary Clinton would win by a small margin in Indiana,” he said. “But I knew it could go either way. Bernie Sanders campaign has been known to come on strong in the end and I think they did that.”
That win won’t likely change the outcome of the Democratic race, but Morris said he’s proud of both candidates and will back whoever the nominee will be.
“They’ve been talking about issues and fighting over differences about issues,” said Morris. “Not about unrelated things like Republican candidates have been talking about. So I’ve been really thrilled with that so I was glad to see a tight race. It was a good race.”
There were other races that were not as closely contested. Still, Morris is excited to see some of those candidates on the Democratic ticket face off against the Republican challengers.
John Gregg is the Democratic candidate for Governor running against incumbent Republican Governor Mike Pence. Baron Hill will run against Todd Young for the U.S. Senate seat. Curtis Nash won the Democratic nomination in the race for the House of Representatives District 84 seat. He will face off against Republican incumbent Bob Morris.
Morris said he’s confident the candidate on the democratic ticket will be able to put up a good fight in the Election.
From the top of the ticket down we are going to do very well,” said Morris. “I believe that we will retain the presidency as the Democrat. I can’t abide by any group that would spread hate and division. That’s what I’ve heard from the other side. I will do everything in my power to make sure we win at the Presidential level.”