Turnout Light for Clay County Primary Election
Turnout was light for the 2014 preferential primary election held Tuesday, May 20 with only 1,861 of the 8,273 registered voters casting ballots. A total of 1,655 ballots were cast in the Democratic Primary, another 188 in the Republican and 18 Nonpartisan.
In Clay County the Democratic primary for sheriff and collector went to challenger Terry Miller, who unseated incumbent Gerald McClung by a total of 991 to 653. Miller, of Corning, is a veteran of the Arkansas State Highway Police and will be unopposed in the general election in November.
In the two contested races for Justice of the Peace, Jeff Douglas got by Matt McClung for District Five in the Rector area by a tally of 184 to 34 and Justice Aubrey E. (John) Mansker of Corning was re-elected over challenger Robert Jackson of Piggott 111 to 56.
In the most hotly-contested constable race, in West Oak Bluff, Fred Bucy garnered 45.45 percent of the vote, but will face a run-off with Terry Robertson who got about 26.7 percent.
Statewide Mike Ross got the nod for the Democratic nominee for governor, while Asa Hutchinson earned the Republican nomination.
Several other countywide races will be decided in the fall, as the candidates filed as Independents and were not subject to the primary.
Checking Clay County totals for regional and statewide races--
In the Democratic Primary for Governor, Mike Ross received 1,227 votes and Lynette "Doc" Bryant received 264.
In the Republican Primary for Governor, Asa Hutchinson received 134 votes to 51 for Curtis Coleman; for Lt. Governor, Tim Griffin led with 123, while Andy Mayberry received 29 and Debra Hobbs a total of 23 votes. For Attorney General, David Sterling got 95, Leslie Rutledge 46 and Patricia Nation 26. For State Treasurer it was Duncan Baird with 89 and Dennis Milligan with 84. And, Andrea Lea got the local nod for Auditor of
State in the Republican Primary, garnering 127 votes to 44 for Ken Yang.
On the nonpartisan ballot for State Supreme Court Justice, Position Two, Tim Cullen received 904 votes in Clay County to 642 for Robin Wynne. Meanwhile, Lee Fergus received 1,100 votes for Circuit Judge, Division Two, over Chris Jester's 452. And, Jeannette Robertson was favored in Clay County over Dan Ritchey for Circuit Judge, District Two, Division 10, by a tally of 856 to 774.