Solid county turnout likely -- Some 2,500 voted early

    Voting was reported heavy in a number of Decatur and Adams County precincts this morning as local voters looked to cast their ballots on not only national and state
races, but local contests as well.
    A number of races dotted the local ballots including, for the first time, North Adams school board elections. Four candidates are seeking two District 1 seats while there are six candidates for two District 2 seats.
    South Adams has two school board seats up, with three candidates vying for an at-large post and two looking for a District 2 position.
    A big race for Adams County Council sees six people — three Republicans and three Democrats — vying for three seats.
    Early voting was heavy here. Adams County Clerk Gayla Reinhart reported late Monday afternoon that close to 2,500 people had cast ballots by the time the voting concluded at noon. That does not, of course, include absentee ballots.
    "It's been a reallly good turnout; people have come in smiling and that's good to see," Reinhart said of the early voting.
    Adams County voting sites will remain open until 6 p.m.
    Across Indiana, Republicans are looking to win up and down the ballot Tuesday, but their efforts to deepen the red hue of the ‘‘Crossroads of America’’ might fall short of the sweeping victories they racked up in 2010.
    One big exception could be the U.S. Senate battle. A recent poll has Democrat Joe Donnelly leading Republican Richard Mourdock after the latter’s comments that a pregnancy resulting from rape is ‘‘something God intended.’’
    However, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is expected to put the state back in the Republican column, perhaps by double digits, four years after President Barack Obama gave Democrats their first Indiana presidential victory since 1964.
    Joe Reece, a 34-year-old Indianapolis software salesman, was among about 20 people waiting in line before the polls opened at 6 a.m. EST at First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church on the city’s north side.
    Reece said he voted for GOP presidential hopeful Romney based strictly on the GOP candidate’s ideas for boosting the weak economy.
    ‘‘I feel like he’s got the background and the acumen to be able to help us reverse course quickly,’’ Reece said.
    Another voter, 42-year-old Bernadette Hatcher, had just finished her overnight shift at a warehouse as polls opened at 6 a.m. EST across most of Indiana. She said she voted for Obama, saying he needs more time to pursue his initiatives.
    ‘‘No one can correct everything in four years. Especially the economy, it’s not going to happen overnight,’’ Hatcher said.
    Twelve of the state’s 92 counties are on Central Standard Time and their polling sites opened an hour later.
    Republicans also appear poised to hold the governor’s office for another four years, as Gov. Mitch Daniels departs because of term limits, and they hope to build on their majority in the state House of Representatives, which they retook from Democrats in 2010.
    A lack of national attention has played out in early voting, which was down from 2008. The Indiana secretary of state’s office reported that more than 460,000 people had voted across the state as of Friday, with the heaviest turnouts in urban Marion and Lake counties. That compares with about 516,000 who had voted by the Friday before Election Day in 2008.
    Many voters rushed to meet the noon deadline for early voting Monday.
    At the City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis, voters huddled in the November chill in a line nearly a block long.