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Local voters follow most state trends

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Voters casting ballots yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church in Monett. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Monett area voters generally followed statewide trends in yesterday's election. Republicans who traditionally run well carried the races in the bi-county area.

The election generated a strong turnout with no contested county races. Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood reported 10,743 voters cast ballots or a 51.5 percent turnout. Lawrence County Clerk Gary Emerson tallied 12,165 votes for a 50.4 percent turnout.

Federal races

The race for the United States Senate seat replacing retiring Christopher "Kit" Bond followed past trends. Republicans historically have had to capture at least 67 percent of the southwest Missouri vote to win statewide. Roy Blunt did better than that to win over Democrat Robin Carnahan.

Blunt won 71 percent of the Barry County vote, compared to 22 percent for Carnahan. Blunt had 70 percent of the Lawrence County vote, where Carnahan again had 22 percent.

In Monett, Blunt had 772 votes or 72 percent to 527 or 22 percent for Carnahan. Libertarian Jonathan Dine had 86 votes, and Constitutional Party candidate Jerry Beck had 65.

Blunt's biggest margin in Barry County was 81 percent in the Purdy-McDowell precinct. Carnahan's best showing was 30 percent in Seligman.

In Lawrence County, Blunt topped Carnahan 519 to 163 with 69 percent of the Pierce City vote, and 347 to 125 in the Spring River precinct of Verona with 68 percent.

In the Seventh District Congressional race, Republican Billy Long won decisively to succeed Blunt, though Democrat Scott Eckersley ran strongly in Monett. Long carried Barry County with 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for Eckersley. In Lawrence County, Long had 62 percent to 29 percent for Eckersley.

Monett voters gave Long 1,510 or 51 percent of the vote. Eckersley received 1,294 or 44 percent. Libertarian Kevin Craig had 165 votes.

Long's biggest margin in Barry County was 74 percent of the total in the Purdy-McDowell precinct. Eckersley's best margin was 36 percent of the Roaring River vote.

In Lawrence County, Long had 399 or 54 percent of the Pierce City votes compared to 249 or 34 percent for Eckersley. In the Spring River precinct around Verona, Long had 307 or 60 percent to Eckersley's 159 or 31 percent.

State Auditor

Local voters gave impetus to a Republican sweep that has given statewide victory to Tom Schweich over incumbent Democrat Susan Montee. Schweich won 65 percent of the vote in Barry County to 30 percent for Montee. In Lawrence County, Schweich had 64 percent to 32 percent for Montee.

Monett voters followed the general Republican trend. Schweich received 1,594 or 67 percent to 698 or 29 percent for Montee. Libertarian Charles Baum had 92 votes.

Schweich's biggest margin in Barry County was 71 percent of the vote in the Capps Creek precinct west of Monett. Montee's best showing was 36 percent of the vote in the Butterfield and McDonald precent.

In Lawrence County, Schweich had 476 or 65 percent in Pierce City to 227 or 31 percent for Montee. Schweich received 303 or 60 percent of the Verona vote to 179 or 35 percent for Montee.

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