Primary elections and early voting in Muncie, IN

An interesting story in the Star Press, Muncie IN speculates on why one candidate did significantly better among absentee balloters than did another in a primary for county commissioner.

In precinct place voting, Larry Bledsoe beat Mike King by .4% (50.2 to 49.8). But among those voting absentee, Bledsoe won by 24%. Why the different margin among what was presumably party regulars?

Neither candidate reported that they had a GOTV effort directed at absentee voters, and the Democratic Party said it was neutral.

This is the first time I’ve seen reports of such a differential outcome among absentee voters and precinct voters in a primary–but I have to admit, there are extremely few examinations of early voting in primaries at all.

Research opportunity?