Western Wash­ing­ton County Selects Cruz In Pri­mary


Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

FARM­ING­TON — Vot­ers in western Wash­ing­ton County cast more votes for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz like the rest of Wash­ing­ton County but did not fall in line with the state in the Repub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Ted Cruz re­ceived the most votes in Wash­ing­ton County, 8,890 or 31 per­cent. Marco Ru­bio fin­ished a close se­cond with 8,703 votes (30 per­cent) and can­di­date Don­ald Trump came in third with 7,968 votes (28 per­cent).

Statewide for the Repub­li­can pri­mary, Trump re­ceived the most votes. Trump re­ceived 33 per­cent of the votes, Cruz 31 per­cent and Ru­bio 25 per­cent.

There are 26 precincts in western Wash­ing­ton County with 14,365 reg­is­tered vot­ers. Most reg­is­tered vot­ers go to polling places in Farm­ing­ton, Prairie Grove and Lin­coln. Reg­is­tered vot­ers in other precincts vote in smaller com­mu­ni­ties, such as Cane Hill, Rheas Mill and Mor­row.

Of reg­is­tered vot­ers in western Wash­ing­ton County, 4,046 peo­ple, or 28 per­cent, voted in the Repub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­sults from the Wash­ing­ton County Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

Cruz re­ceived the most votes in those 26 precincts, 1,392 ( 34 per­cent). Trump re­ceived 1,214 votes (30 per­cent), Ru­bio 978 votes (24 per­cent), Ben Car­son 251 votes (6 per­cent) and Gov. John Ka­sich 133 votes (3 per­cent).

Hil­lary Clin­ton, run­ning to be named the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent, swept Wash­ing­ton County and the rest of the state. In Wash­ing­ton County, Clin­ton re­ceived 9,110 votes (51 per­cent) and Bernie San­ders re­ceived 8,507 (48 per­cent).

Statewide, Clin­ton re­ceived

144,580 votes (66 per­cent) and San­ders 64,868 ( 30 per­cent).

For western Wash­ing­ton County, 1,492 peo­ple voted in the Demo­cratic pri­mary elec­tion. Clin­ton re­ceived 850 votes (57 per­cent) and San­ders re­ceived 613 votes (41 per­cent).

Wash­ing­ton County vot­ers also re-elected District Judge Gra­ham Na­tions to serve an­other term for Wash­ing­ton County District Judge, Divi­sion 2. Na­tions, 44, de­feated Casey Copeland, 39, in the March 1 pri­mary elec­tion. Na­tions re­ceived 22,108 votes (57 per­cent) to Copeland’s 16,361 votes (43 per­cent).

“My fam­ily and I are over­whelmed and honored that vot­ers are al­low­ing me to con­tinue to do the job I’ve done for four more years,” Na­tions said Thurs­day.

Wash­ing­ton County will have four district judge po­si­tions be­gin­ning Jan. 1, 2017. Three in­cum­bents were re-elected for the other judge po­si­tions: Jeff Harper, Casey Jones and Bill Storey. They did not have op­po­nents.

Na­tions said the four district judges in Wash­ing­ton County will meet to draw up dock­ets. He ex­pects he will con­tinue to pre­side over district courts in Prairie Grove, Lin­coln and Farm­ing­ton.

In an­other race of lo­cal in­ter­est, Joel Maxwell was re-elected as Jus­tice of the Peace District 13. Maxwell re­ceived 1,172 votes ( 74 per­cent) and chal­lenger Lau­rie Roy-Smith, of Lin­coln, re­ceived 865 votes ( 42 per­cent).

Vot­ers cast­ing bal­lots at Main Street Bap­tist Church in Farm­ing­ton last week had a few com­ments to make about the elec­tion.

Joyce Fowler of Farm­ing­ton said changes need to be made in the coun­try.

“This is the third time my job has left the U.S.,” Fowler said. “Be­cause of that, I think some­thing needs to change. We need to make the United States stronger.”

Chris Adams, 19, of Farm­ing­ton, was wait­ing in line to vote for the first time. He said he con­sid­ered it his duty to vote but also was there to vote against Trump.

“Trump as a pres­i­dent is a big con­cern of mine,” Adams said. “I think it’s sur­pris­ing that some­one like Trump could do so well.”

Carsen Brink, 18, a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Arkansas, said she be­lieves Trump’s pop­u­lar­ity “shows peo­ple are tired of pol­i­tics as usual.”

Kelly Me­lan­con, also of Farm­ing­ton, said one of her con­cerns is that the coun­try elect a pres­i­dent with a “level head.” In past elec­tions, Me­lan­con said she has voted in the pri­mary elec­tion to go along with the lead­ing Repub­li­can can­di­date.

This year, she said she was vot­ing to try to stop the lead­ing Repub­li­can can­di­date.


Levi Cran­dell, hold­ing his 17-month-old son, Michael, votes in the March 1 Pref­er­en­tial Pri­mary elec­tion at Main Street Bap­tist Church in Farm­ing­ton. Poll work­ers re­ported a steady flow of vot­ers through­out the day with lines form­ing out­side the...


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