Turnout Heavy for General Election

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Voter turnout was heavy in Clay County for Tuesday's General Election with 63 percent of registered voters casting ballots. According to County Clerk Pat Poole, of those, about half were from the earl voting session.

As a result of the balloting, Piggott will be getting a new Alderman as Travis Williams out-polled incumbent Lester Edwards, Jr., 796-513.

In the contested race for Constable, West Oak Bluff, Republican Terry Robertson squeaked by Democrat Fred Bucy 218-203.

In the race for president the county favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 3,764 to 1,197 with several hundred votes scattered among the other candidates.

Congressman Rick Crawford was favored for re-election over Liberterian Mark West 3,754 to 674 by county residents and Senator John Boozman out-polled challenger Conner Eldridge 3,271 to 1,526 with 233 for Frank Gilbert.

As far as the issues on the ballot, Issue One was favored in the county 3,563 to 1,203; Issue Two passed 3,474 to 1,289; Issue Three got the nod 3,468 to 1,267 and Issue Six gained a narrow margin of yes votes, 2,540 to 2,483.

Other local races in the county included Kimberly Hill over Larry W. Boyer for St. Francis Alderman 46-23 and Terry Masterson over F. B. Manatt, Sr. for Corning Alderman.

The results are still unofficial, and will be certified in the coming days.

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