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    Mike Ross

    Mike Ross

    Asa Hutchinson

    Asa Hutchinson

    Arkansas — Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson will face off in the November election to become Arkansas’ next governor. This was decided in Tuesday’s Arkansas primary, and the position of governor was the only statewide office to have a primary election in both parties.
    The winner will succeed Gov. Mike Beebe, retiring due to term limits, a Democrat who defeated Hutchinson in the 2006 gubernatorial race.
    Ross represented Arkansas’ 4th Congressional District from 2001 through 2012. Ross earlier was an Arkansas state senator for 10 years and as a young man worked in Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign.
    Hutchinson was 3rd District congressman from 1997 to 2001 and was a U.S. attorney before that. He has been DEA administrator and most recently a private practice attorney specializing in white collar crime.
    In the Democratic primary, Ross defeated Lynette “Doc” Bryant 126,240 (84.6%) to 22,904.
    In the Republican primary Hutchinson defeated Curtis Coleman 127,713 (73.1%) to 46,971.
    These were the results from the Arkansas Secretary of State at 1 a.m. Wednesday, with 65 of 75 counties completely reporting and nine partially reporting.
    There were Republican primary elections in four other statewide offices.
    U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin won the race to become the Republicans’ candidate for lieutenant governor with 107,681 votes (63.7%). State Rep. Andy Mayberry received 34,718 votes, and State Rep. Debra Hobbs got 26,734. Griffin will face Democrat John Burkhalter in November.
    In the the Republican primary election for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge received 77,737 votes (47.4%), David Sterling received 63,919 votes, and Patricia Nation got 22,286. Since no one received more than 50%, Rutledge and Sterling will face off in a June 10 runoff election. The winner will face Democratic State Rep. Nate Steel in November.
    State Rep. Andrea Lea defeated Ken Yang 109,277 (68.2%) to 50,905 in the Republican primary election for state auditor. Lea will face Democrat Regina Stewart Hampton in November,
    Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan defeated State Rep. Duncan Baird 84,868 (53.5%) to 73,738 in the Republican primary election for state treasurer. Milligan will face Democrat Karen Sealy Garcia.
    In the non-partisan election for Arkansas Supreme Court associate justice, position 2, with final totals in, Court of Appeals Judge Robin Wynne defeated Tim Cullen 157,599 (52%) to 145,435.
    There were Republican primaries Tuesday in two congressional districts.
    In the 2nd Congressional District French Hill received 29,885 votes (55.1%) to win the Republican nomination. Rep. Ann Clemmet received 12,385 votes, and Col. Conrad Reynolds got 11,961. Hill will face Democrat Patrick Henry Hayes in November.
    In the 4th Congressional District Rep. Bruce Westerman won the Republican nomination with 18,431 votes (54.6%). Tommy Moll received 15,359 votes. Westerman will face Democrat James Lee Witt, head of FEMA under President Bill Clinton.
    Several candidacies for county office were decided in primaries in Hill ’n Holler counties.
    In Fulton County Darrell Zimmer defeated Jim Kendrck 898 (57.8%) to 655 in the Democratic primary for county judge.
    In Sharp County incumbent Sheriff Mark Counts defeated Mark E. Thompson 1,295 (59.5%) to 882 in the Democratic primary. Also in Sharp County Doug Wortham defeated Renee Clay 1,564 (73.46%) to 565 to become Democratic candidate for coroner.
    In Craighead County Timothy Simmons defeated Brad Pietz 2,371 (68.2%) to 1,102 to become Republican candidate for tax collector.
    In Clay County Terry Miller defeated Gerald R. McClung 991 (60.3%) to 653 in the Democratic primary for the job of sheriff and collector.
    In Greene County Dana Bradford defeated Candy Robinson 1,463 (62.7%) to 869 in the Democratic primary election for county clerk.
    Two mayoral candidacies were decided in area primaries.
    In Randolph County, Tim Scott defeated Gerald Walker 283 (55.9%) to 223 in the Democratic primary for Pocahontas mayor.
    In Izard County Ronnie Guthrie defeated Greg Hamby 126 (56.5%) to 97 to become the Democratic candidate for mayor of Calico Rock.
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