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Two Tippecanoe County Incumbents Defeated In Tuesday's Primary

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Tippecanoe County Council

Following a trend that extended to several Indiana statehouse races, a pair of incumbent Tippecanoe County leaders were stopped in their bids for re-election Tuesday.

County Councilman Jeffrey Kemper (R-3rd) was bested by former Tippecanoe County councilwoman Kathy Vernon, but the margin was slim. Vernon polled just 36 more votes than Kemper in a race where more than 3200 ballots were cast -- a margin of less than 1-percent.

Elsewhere, in a show that advertising can only do so much for a candidate, a judge whose signs blanketed the county ahead of the primary went down to defeat. Laura Zeman easily defeated sitting Superior Court Four Judge Greg Donat, by a margin of 57-percent to 43-percent.

The Tippecanoe County incumbents had company around the state, though. House members Rebecca Kubacki (R-22nd) and Kathy Heuer (R-83rd), as well as Sen. John Waterman (R-39th) all fell to their challengers as well.

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