State Senator Jack Goodman carried the vote in Barry and Lawrence counties, but it was not enough to overcome Springfield auctioneer Billy Long in the race to replace Roy Blunt for Congress in the Seventh District.
The eight-man race for the Republican nomination for Congress boiled down to a two-man race between Goodman and Long with none of the other candidates securing half the votes of the frontrunners.
Long won the contest with 38,126 votes or 36 percent. Goodman mustered 30,335 votes or 29 percent for second place. State Senator Gary Nodler, the former Monett Chamber of Commerce executive director, finished in third place with 114,548 votes or 4 percent. Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore was fourth with 9,283 votes or 9 percent.
As expected, Goodman carried the lion's share of the vote in Barry County. Goodman had 2,384 votes or 48 percent, compared to 1,702 or 34 percent for Long. Nodler had 419 or 8 percent to take third place. Moore was fourth with 153 votes or 3 percent.
In Lawrence County, Goodman had 4,632 votes or 64 percent. Long had 1,561 or 22 percent. Nodler won 351 votes for 5 percent while Moore finished a close fourth with 282 votes or 4 percent.
Monett numbers closely matched the Lawrence County totals. Goodman had 780 or 65 percent, while Long had 262 or 22 percent. Nodler won 77 votes for 6 percent. Moore and Ozarks Technical College instructor Jeff Wisdom tied with 32 votes or 3 percent.
In the Lawrence County population centers, Goodman had 72 percent of the Mt. Vernon vote, where he lives. Long had 15 percent. In Pierce City, where Goodman grew up, the local candidate won 76 percent and Long had 15 percent.
In November, Long will face Springfield attorney Scott Eckersley, who won the Democratic nomination, and Libertarian Kevin Craig, who ran unopposed.
Eckersley won the Democratic nomination with 9,199 votes or 63 percent. Branson attorney and economist Tim Davis had 37 percent or 5,479 votes. Eckersley carried Barry County 326 to 260 and Lawrence County 319 to 225. Davis carried Jasper, Newton, Taney and McDonald counties of the nine in the district.
United States Senator
Outgoing Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt easily captured the Republican nomination for United States Senator. In a nine-way race, Blunt won 409,806 votes or 71 percent statewide. State Senator Chuck Purgason came in a distant second with 13 percent.
Blunt easily carried Barry County with 77 percent, winning every precinct. In Lawrence County, Blunt had 72 percent of the total.
Blunt will face Democrat Robin Carnahan, who won her three-way race with 264,742 votes or 84 percent. Businessman Richard Tolbert was second with 11 percent of the total. Carnahan had 84 percent of the Barry County vote and 87 percent of the Lawrence County vote.