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County votes in primary election

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Clay County voters hit the poles Tuesday to vote on state and national candidates.

As was expected, Mitt Romney garnered the most votes for Republican Presidential nominee with 1,652, accounting for 62.26 percent of the votes.

In the race for Republican United States Senator, Clay County voters helped Richard Mourdock oust the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, Dick Lugar, with 1,746 votes to Lugar's 1,033.

As of 8 p.m., several media outlets were projecting Mourdock as the winner in the race for Senator.

In the Republican race for United States Representative District 8, Clay County voters chose Larry Bucshon over Kristi Risk, 1,614 to 1,099 votes.

It also appeared the state felt the same way, with 70 percent of the precincts reporting as of 9 p.m., that Bucshon was ahead with 58 percent (25,539) of the votes to Risk's 42 percent (18,521).

The Republican State Representative District 42 race saw Clay County voters favor Alan Morrison with 617 votes, to Bill Webster's 444 and Jim Meece's 167.

Voters across the state felt the same as Clay County and Morrison was deemed the winner, at approximately 9 p.m.

Of the victory, Morrison said even though he felt good about his chances, there was still some nervousness.

"You never know until all the final votes are counted," Morrison said. "We felt good about our chances because of the outstanding team effort we put together. I knew that we put the work in, and I felt confident, but you still feel nervous."

Morrison said because of a busy schedule -- which includes an upcoming surgery -- he plans to start the majority of his work in June.

Morrison also credited his family and friends for all the help and support he was given throughout the campaign.

"I'm really grateful for all my friends and family, especially my wife Cinda," Morrison said, "she's been great through all this with so much love and support with our kids."

Jim Baird, running unopposed for Republican State Representative District 44, tallied 569 Clay County votes.

Also running unopposed was Bob Heaton, who garnered 703 votes in Clay County for Republican State Representative District 46.

On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama tallied 994 Clay County votes, while Democratic United States Senator Joe Donnelly amassed 970 votes from the county.

In the Democratic race for United States Representative District 8, Dave Crooks was favored by Clay County voters with 621 votes, to Thomas Barnett's 449 and William Bryk's 122. As of 9 p.m., statewide results showed a consistent voting pattern, with 63 percent of the precincts reporting Crooks with 61 percent (14,886) of the votes to Barnett's 30 percent (7,191).

In a relatively close race, county voters favored James R. Mann II for Democratic State Representative District 46, with 150 votes, over Charles Toth's 124 and Larry D. Barker's 74.



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