NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - As all eyes were on Indiana this primary election, many hoped that would mean big voter turnout across the state. In southern Indiana, it wasn't just the presidential primary that brought people to the polls.
The turnout in this primary election in Floyd County was very similar to the 2008 May primary. More than 22,000 people cast a ballot. That's up more than half from the number of people that voted in 2012. It was a revolving door at many polling locations across southern Indiana on Election Day, as voters made sure their voice was heard.
"It's great," Trevor DeWitt with the Clark County Clerk's Office said. "It's great for us and Indiana."
In Floyd County, Republicans were paying attention to several key races, including the crowded field of District 9. Five candidates were vying for the party nomination in hopes of clinching Todd Young's congressional seat. Leading the pack, Trey Hollingsworth, a Jeffersonville investment banker who grew up in Tennessee.
"Trey came in and announced his candidacy late last year and he's done an effective job of showing the people who he is and what I always say is, it really is coming on the people speaking and they've spoken," said Chris Lane, the Floyd County GOP Chair.
Floyd County Democrats rallied behind their 9th District favorite, Shelli Yoder, former Miss Indiana and teacher.
"We have a tried and true Hoosier in Shelli Yoder, who will do a fantastic job representing this district, representing the desires, the needs that our constituents face opposed to Trey Hollingsworth who wants to try to buy an election with outside money," said Adam Dickey, Floyd County Democratic Chair.
Both parties looking ahead to November and a rematch of Baron Hill and Todd Young, this time for a U.S. Senate seat.
"I believe Todd Young is a phenomenal candidate to carry forward that message," Lane said. "He's done a great job in the 9th District and I think he'll do a great job as a senator and I think he'll do what he did back in 2010 to Baron Hill and win convincingly."
"I think the fall contest will be another clear choice between someone who reflects Hoosier values, someone in Baron Hill, who is a Hoosier focused on what matters to hardworking Hoosiers every day here in Indiana," Dickey said.
The race would also be a second chance for Yoder, who lost to Young in 2012.