Pike, Montgomery county polls busier than normal in primaries

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    PJ TRACY IV
    Editor, Glenwood Herald
    More than 40 percent of registered voters turned out in Pike County for the preferential primary and nonpartisan general election held statewide on March 1.
    Montgomery County tallied even better, posting a 45.46% turnout of registered voters – 2,138 of 4,703 – over Pike County’s 2,098 out of 5,213 (40.25%). Both counties outperformed the state average of 38.07%.
    In Pike County 1,508 of the ballots were cast in the Republican primary, 586 for the Democratic primary and 4 in the nonpartisan genre.
    Montgomery County experienced a stronger surge of voters choosing to vote in the Presidential Republican primary versus its Democratic counterpart – 1,614 to 479.
    The leading results of the counties included (Pike, Montgomery, Statewide):
    • U.S. President — Democrat
    Hillary Clinton – 367 (64.16%), 316 (65.97%), 145,715 (66.11%)
    Bernie Sanders – 171 (29.90%), 142 (29.65%), 65,997 (29.94%)
    In Pike County 34 people voted for one of the other four candidates on the ballot, while in Montgomery County 21 did the same.
    • U.S. President – Republican
    Donald J. Trump – 511 (33.93%), 672 (41.64%), 134,405 (32.80%)
    Ted Cruz – 501 (33.27%), 432 (26.77%), 125,009 (30.50%)
    Marco Rubio – 327 (21.71%), 287 (17.78%), 101,633 (24.80%)
    In Pike County 167 people voted for one of the other nine candidates on the ballot, while in Montgomery County 223 did the same.
    • U.S. Senate – Republican
    Curtis Coleman – 316 (22.70%), 351 (22.73%), 91,595 (23.56%)
    Senator John Boozman – 1,067 (77.30%), 1,193 (77.27%), 297,190 (76.44%)
    • State Supreme Court Chief Justice Position 1
    Judge Dan Kemp – 1,158 (61.04%), 1,127 (58.15%), 330,648 (56.63%)
    State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson – 739 (38.96%), 811 (41.85%), 253,219 (43.32%)
    • State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 5
    Clark W. Mason – 682 (37.19%), 665 (34.93%), 181,713 (32.50%)
    Judge Shawn A. Womack – 1,152 (62.81%), 1,239 (65.07%), 377,365 (67.50%)
    • Unopposed Democratic Candidates (Pike and Montgomery Counties Only)
    For – 431, 311
    • Unopposed Republican Candidates (Pike and Montgomery Counties Only)
    For – 1,061, 1,100
    • Non-Partisan Judicial Unopposed (Pike and Montgomery Counties Only)
    For – 1,710, 1,542
    • Montgomery County Coroner – Montgomery County Only
    Jeffery Blansett (R) – 1,042
    Reith Stanley (R) — 418
    • Mountain Constable – Pike County Only
    Chris Thompson (D) – 62 (29.95%)
    Wade Coffman (D) — a145 (70.05%)

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