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Northwest Indiana Republicans Cross Party Lines for Primary

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Northwest Indiana Republicans Cross Party Lines for Primary

Barack Obama speaks with a voter in Indiana yesterday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Voting officials in Northwest Indiana say a lot of Republicans crossed party lines in the state’s primary election. That led to a shortage of Democratic ballots in some precincts.

About six times as many Democratic ballots were cast in Porter County this primary than in 2004.

KUBACKI: I mean, that’s unheard of.

Sundae Kubacki with Porter County’s voter registration office says Republicans obviously wanted a say in the state’s first presidential primary to matter in 40 years.

KUBACKI: We knew it was going to be high, so we did order high on the Democratic side, ballots-wise, but we did not expect this at all.

Kubacki says some precincts ran out of Democratic ballots, so her office scrambled to print-up 6,000 extras - sending out sheriff’s deputies to deliver them. With voters waiting in lines, the county was granted an extension to keep the polls open an extra hour.

Hillary Clinton ended up winning Porter with almost 60 percent of the vote.

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