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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Republicans carry county in state, national races

  • In a departure from national lines, Jackson County voters overwhelmingly threw their support behind Republican nominees Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, 3,065 to 2,093, in an effort to unseat incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden.
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  • The Republicans garnered 57.42 percent of the vote in Jackson County - which was in line with state voters overall - yet the Obama/Biden ticket secured a second term in White House Tuesday night.
    In county races, incumbents were very successful throughout the evening as Justices Tommy Young, Elwanda Templeton and Kenny Falwell staved off upset bids as each secured at least 72 percent of the votes cast.
    In the race for Newport City Council Ward 4, Position 2, Andy May defeated Kevin Young 413-384 (51-48 percent).
    In Tuckerman, Donny Ivie was a double winner Tuesday night as he captured the Ward 2, Position 1 City Council seat by defeating Terry Adams 507-167 (75-25 percent) while also defeating Anthony Turner 552-186 for the Bird Township Constable position.
    Other winners in Tuckerman included incumbents Jarrod Bowen, Lynelle Bridgeman and Gary Browning while former Alderman Bearl Bennett defeated Anthony Turner in the race for the Ward 3, Position 1 seat.
    In other county races, Carlton Snyder defeated Eugene Willard 25-14 to become Amagon Mayor; Kathy Roberts defeated Nettie Jean Thompson in the race for the Swifton Position 4 City Council seat; David Dwight Burnette defeated Herschel Breckenridge 23-18 for the Beedeville City Council Position 1 seat and Jimmy R. Little defeated Frenchie Beede in the race for Position 3; Hershel Jackson defeated Matthew Adams in the race for Cowlake Township Constable.
    In state races, Jackson County voters selected incumbent Republican Congressman Rick Crawford 2,665 (51 percent) over Democratic challenger Scott Ellington 2,308 (44 percent) for the District 1 seat.
    They also chose Rep. Jerry Brown (D) 2,729 (52 percent) over Ronald Caldwell 2,446 (47 percent) in the District 23 State Senate race.
    Democrat L.J. Bryant defeated John K. Hutchison 1,083 to 522 in Jackson County, however as of press time the race was still not decided.
    Voters in Jackson County also turned down Issue No. 5 (Medicinal Marijuana) - although only slightly.  The issue was defeated 2,695 to 2,550 (51 to 48 percent).
    Issue No. 1 which would provide additional funding for roads, etc. - more commonly known as “The Road Tax” - was approved 3,019 to 2,145.
    Voters also overturned Amendment Issue No. 2 (“The Bond Issue”) 2,756 to 2,219.
    For a complete recap of voting results log on to our website at www.newportindependent.com.
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