JOSH HAWLEY WINS UNITED STATES SENATE SEAT FROM MISSOURI
Josh Hawley has won a seat on the United States Senate.
The Republican defeated Missouri incumbent Claire McCaskill yesterday by approximately six points.
In the race for Missouri State Auditor, Democratic incumbent Nicole Galloway will retain her seat, defeating challenger Saundra McDowell by just under six points.
Jason Smith easily won reelection to the United States House of Representatives seat for Missouri District 8, carrying over 73 percent of the vote.
Republican’s Herman Morse, Hardy Billington, and Jeff Shawan all won their races for the Missouri House of Representatives in Districts 151, 152, and 153 respectively.
LOCAL MISSOURI RACE RESULTS
Here are results from some of the competitive local races in Southeast Missouri yesterday.
In Carter County, Leona Stephens won the race for County Clerk, Pauline Peterman was elected as Recorder of Deeds, and Hannah Pender was chosen for Prosecuting Attorney.
In Ripley County, Becky York won the race for County Clerk, June Watson was elected as Recorder of Deeds, and Jesse Roy was chosen as Presiding Commissioner.
In Wayne County, Kent Sisco has been elected as County Clerk, and Rhonda Cates won the race for Collector of Revenue.
MISSOURI BALLOT ISSUES RESULTS
Redistricting reform, a minimum wage increase, and medical marijuana were all winners yesterday according to Missouri voters.
Missourians voted to approve Constitutional Amendment 1 which will change the process and criteria for redrawing state legislative districts during reapportionment and establish a limit on gifts that state legislators can accept from paid lobbyists, among other things. The amendment passed with almost 62 percent of the vote.
Voters also approved Amendment 4 which would alter bingo game regulations and Proposition B which is going to increase the state minimum wage to $8.60 per hour with an 85 cents per hour increase each year until 2023, when the state minimum wage would be $12.00 per hour. Prop B passed with over 62 percent of the vote while the Bingo reform vote received around 52 percent in favor.
Missourians voted down the motor fuel tax increase with 53 percent of the electorate siding against it.
Of the three medical marijuana issues, only Constitutional Amendment 2 passed, which will allow patients with cancer, HIV, epilepsy and other conditions access to medical marijuana and see a four percent sales tax that would go to a newly-created fund for health and care services for veterans. Voters passed amendment 2 66 to 34 percent.
Constitutional Amendment 3 only received 31 percent of the vote, while Proposition C only got 43 percent in favor.
ARKANSAS GOVERNOR WINS REELECTION
Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has won reelection.
With 96 percent of the vote reported, Hutchinson led over Democratic challenger Jared Henderson 65 to 32 percent.
In other Arkansas state races, Tim Griffin received over 64 percent of the vote for Lieutenant Governor, Leslie Rutledge got almost 62 percent of votes for Attorney General, Andrea Lea received over 72 percent of the vote for Auditor, John Thurston was at over 60 percent for Secretary of State, Tommy Land got over 60 percent of votes for Commissioner of State Lands, and Dennis Milligan carried 71 percent of voters for State Treasurer.
Courtney Goodson won reelection to the Arkansas Supreme Court with the backing of 55 percent of voters.
In the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Rick Crawford got almost 70 percent of the votes for the Arkansas 1st District. In the Arkansas House of Representatives, Joe Jett received over 75 percent of the vote in his reelection bid for the 56th District.
LOCAL ARKANSAS COUNTY RESULTS
Here is a look at some of the competitive county wide races from yesterday in Northeast Arkansas.
In Clay County, Tracy Gurley won the race for Assessor.
In Greene County, Steve Franks was selected as Sheriff while Rusty McMillon won the race for County Judge.
ALL THREE BALLOT INITIATIVES LOOKING TO PASS IN ARKANSAS
Arkansas voters seem to have passed all three statewide ballot initiatives during yesterday’s election.
Voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that allows casinos at the Southland dog track in West Memphis and the Oaklawn horse track in Hot Springs. The measure also legalizes casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties and passed with 54 percent of the vote.
Voters overwhelming passed a constitutional amendment adding as a qualification to vote that a voter present certain valid photographic identification when casting a ballot in person or casting an absentee ballot. The measure received the backing of almost 80 percent of the electorate.
Voters also approved an act with over 68 percent of the vote to increase the Arkansas minimum wage. The minimum wage would increase yearly to eleven dollars per hour in 2021.
POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL SEEKING PICTURES OF VETERANS FOR UPCOMING CEREMONY
Officials at Poplar Bluff Middle School are looking for pictures of veterans that are related to students for an upcoming ceremony.
The school will be celebrating Veterans Day with a program on Friday, November 9th.
Anyone who would like a picture included in the ceremony should email the picture, along with the person’s name, branch of service, rank, years served or conflict they served in, along with the student’s name and how they are related to LaurenHasanov@pb.k12.mo.us.
Officials are asking that pictures be sent in by today. If you sent in a picture last year, you do not have to submit it again this year.
DEXTER MAN ARRESTED ON TRAFFICKING CHARGE
A Dexter man has been taken into custody on a drug trafficking charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 38 year old Johnathan Worley was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Scott County on a felony charge of drug trafficking – first degree.
Following the arrest, Worley was held at the Scott County Jail.