Kosciusko County Republicans rebuffed any talk of a local blue wave, helping Mike Braun defeat incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly and strongly supported two local Congressional incumbents on their way to victory.

Braun, who campaigned in Warsaw Sunday and then joined President Donald Trump for a massive election-eve rally in Fort Wayne, topped the first-term Democrat Senator from South Bend, winning 53 percent of the vote across the state.

In Kosciusko County, Braun received 70.5 percent of the vote.





Incumbent Republican members of Congress, 2nd District Rep. Jackie Walorski and 3rd District Jim Banks, each won by large margins in their districts.

Walorski topped businessman Mel Hall, winning 57 percent of the vote across the district.

In Kosciusko County, Walorski received 74 percent of the vote.

For Walorski, it was her fourth consecutive congressional victory.

Banks will return to Congress for a second term after defeating Democrat Courtney Tritch with 65 percent of the vote across the district.

In Kosciusko County, Banks received 76 percent of the vote.

“It’s definitely a red wave in Kosciusko County,” said Kosciusko County Republican Chairman Mike Ragan.

Mirroring a national trend, voter turnout for the midterm in Kosciusko County reached levels unseen before in modern times.

Voter turnout in Kosciusko County was 51.76 percent.

More than 10,000 of the 26,000 ballots were straight party ballots in the county.

Still to be counted are 78 provisional ballots.

Democrats won two races in Kosciusko County. Those were Trillia Gearhart, a candidate for Franklin Township trustee, and Fred Slabaugh, candidate for Scott township Trustee. Both were unopposed.