Election Day Turnout Light Following Busy Early Voting Period
Following a strong early voting period, turnout was fairly light Tuesday at the polls in Clay County. With only a pair of constable races to be decided on the county level, the electorate reflected much of the remainder of the state in casting ballots.
A total of 5,195 ballots were cast, including 3,766 early and 267 absentee. There were 1,140 ballots cast on election day, along with an additional 22 provisional.
President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence carried the county easily, polling 4,084 votes for 78.87 percent for the Republican nominees while former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris garnered 959 votes for 18.52 percent as the Democratic nominees.
Senator Tom Cotton (R) was also favored for re-election over challenger Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., (L) 4,194 to 900. As for the three issues, they fared about the same in Clay County as they did statewide. Issue One was favored 3,142 to 1,1931 and was approved statewide; Issue Two was favored 2,836 to 2,150 and also passed, while Issue Three was defeated statewide and drew only 2,119 yes votes in Clay County as opposed to 2,725 voting no.
On the local scene—in the West Oak Bluff Constable race it was Terry Robertson (R) over Farren Young (D) 349-110 and in the race for Constable of North Kilgore and Cleveland it was Michael Ray Gleghorn (I) over Vernie Carpenter (D) 396-267.