News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 4, 2008

NEW: Vigo County’s election record cited by Karl Rove

Staff report

TERRE HAUTE — Karl Rove, the man credited with orchestrating President George W. Bush’s two successful campaigns for the presidency, reportedly singled out Vigo County as a place to watch tonight when election returns start coming in.

In response to a questioner on Fox News, Rove said he would be watching Indiana’s returns in general, and Vigo County’s in particular because of the western Indiana county’s unique record of picking presidential winners in all but two elections in the past 100-plus years.

Vigo County has not failed to vote for the eventual presidential winner since 1952, when Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson won a narrow victory here over Dwight D. Eisenhower.