Turnout Heavy for March Primary
For the first time in history, Arkansas took part in the so-called Super Tuesday primary elections on March 1, and the turnout was good. The contentious presidential primaries of both parties, and two key countywide races, generated a strong turnout for early voting. And, despite rainy conditions early on Tuesday the response at the polls was fairly heavy, with 3,318 of the county's 8,039 registered voters casting ballots. Of those, 2,457 voted in the Democratic Primary, 835 voted in the Republican Primary and 19 utilized non-partisan ballots. Here are the unofficial results.
In the countywide contests, former State Rep. Mike Patterson, of Piggott, defeated challenger Jeff Young, of McDougal in the Democratic Primary for Clay County Judge. Patterson garnered 1,503 votes, while Young received 911. Meanwhile, in the race for Clay County Sheriff and Collector, incumbent Terry Miller, of Corning, once again defeated Gerald McClung, of Rector, the man he had unseated two years ago. This time the tally was 1,979 for Miller and 456 for McClung.
The only other contested races at the county level were in the Democratic Primary and included Constable of East Oak Bluff, as Todd Watson received 107 votes to 72 for Alan Cavaness. Meanwhile, Constable Fred Bucy faced Farren Young for Constable of West Oak Bluff, and took the race 163 to 52. He will now face Terry Robertson in the general election, as he was unopposed in the Republican primary for the position.
In the Democrat Presidential Primary Clay County favorite Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders 963 to 657.
And, in the Republican Primary, voters in Clay County favored Donald J. Trump for president, casting 340 ballots for him while Ted Cruz received 277, Marco Rubio received 138, Ben Carson received 48 votes and John Kasich was favored by 15. Meanwhile, incumbent Senator John Boozman was favored over challenger Curtis Coleman 568 to 172 in the county.
In the non-partisan races, for State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Position 1, voters favored Judge Dan Kemp over State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson 1,424 to 1,320. As for State Supreme Court Associate Justice, Position 5, local voters favored Judge Shawn Womack over Clark W. Mason 1,469 to 993.
Again, the results are unofficial pending certification by the Secretary of State's office.