Local reaction to Mayoral primary election results

It will be the first time the mayor will be going against someone very different than the candidates he faced off with before.

Posted: May 8, 2019 8:25 PM
Updated: May 9, 2019 8:30 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Tuesday night's election shows there's strength in numbers with voter turn out being better than it has been in the past for a municipal election primary.

Tim Smith won 56% of the Republican party's votes.

Mayor Henry won 86% of the Democrat party's votes.

Andrew Downs, director of Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue Fort Wayne, said the campaign strategy for Smith worked for him in the primary. He says it'll be interesting to see which route he chooses for the November election.

"The question is if what worked in the Republican primary will also work in the Fall, and if it won't, will the Smith campaign be able to pivot and be able to with a different campaign style. I'm assuming they will. They ran a good campaign in the spring, so I'm assuming they will recognize that strategy may not be what works in the Fall. If it is what's going to work in the Fall, they probably know that already based on the way they ran in the Spring," Downs said

Voters in Fort Wayne have two vastly different choices to choose from. The candidates both have a common love for the city.

"The question for voters now is are they looking for something new, or do they like the path they've been going on. I think really that's the basic contrast we'll be seeing in the Fall," Downs explained.

Both candidates are looking forward to the face off, which will be November 5th in the General Election.

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