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County voters like Risk, Stutzman in primary

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Clay County voters turned out in good numbers Tuesday for the 2010 Primary.

From the national perspective, residents had the opportunity to vote for one of eight people vying for the Republican ticket for United States Representative, District 8, effectively known as the "Bloody Eighth."

Of the eight competing for the spot, Kristi Risk came out on top, tallying 1,514 votes (49.59 percent).

Her closest competitor was Larry D. Bucshon, who finished with 621 votes (20.38 percent), while Dan Stockton came in third with 269 votes (8.83 percent).

Others on the Republican ticket for the district included John Lee Smith (189 votes), Steve Westell (187 votes), John Snyder (131 votes), Bud Bernitt (75 votes) and Billy Mahoney (61 votes).

On the Democratic side of the district, Trent VanHaaften was the only person registered. He finished with 971 votes from the county.

The seat became open earlier this year when incumbent Brad Ellsworth (D-Evansville) announced his desire to run for the Senate.

The United States Senate seat also had some fiery competition Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Marlin Stutzman received the most votes from residents, tallying 1,141, while John Hostettler finished with 1,006.

Dan Coats came in a distant third with 813 votes while Don Bates Jr. had 119 and Richard Behney finished with 102.

There was no one on the Democratic ticket in the primary. Earlier this year, incumbent Evan Bayh announced he would not seek reelection.

Several state positions were also up for grabs Tuesday as well.

Four Democrats were seeking the position of State Representative of District 46, a chair now unoccupied after incumbent Vern Tincher announced he would not seek reelection.

Bionca Gambill received the most votes in the county, finishing with 268, while Kal Ellis tallied 121. Randy Carter also finished with 69.

Bob Heaton was the lone Republican vying for the seat, finishing with 825 votes.

In the battle for State Senator, District 39, Republican incumbent John Waterman received 711 votes from Clay County residents, while challenger Ron Boger earned 149.

On the Democratic side, Steven M. Thais earned 276 votes.

The remaining state races were not contested Tuesday evening.

In the race for State Representative, District 44, incumbent Democrat Nancy Michael ran unopposed and earned 854 votes. Her November challenger, Republican Jim Baird, received 1,483 votes in the county.

State Representative for District 32 Clyde Kersey (Democrat) ran unopposed and finished with 114 votes.



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