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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Obama wins four more years

  • Major races nationwide and locally were decided on Tuesday
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  • The 2012 election season is over. While some are cheering and some are simmering, most Cleburne County residents, indeed most Americans are releasing a collective sigh that the long, exhausting campaign is finally behind them.
    Nationally, there was no major change in power. President Barack Obama was elected to four more years, defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney in both the Electoral College and popular vote. As of this article's publication, President Obama received 303 electoral votes to Romney's 206 and also received 60,786,442 popular votes over Romney's 57,890,964. Florida votes have not been finalized, but as of publication, Obama maintained a small lead over Romney there as well. The Senate remains in Democratic hands, with Democrats gaining a couple of additional seats and the House of Representatives will remain in Republican control. These results leave the government with the same political make-up as before and leave many Americans wondering if we can overcome the gridlock that has gripped Washington over the past 2 years.
    The election of 2012 did result in a few milestones. For the first time ever, two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the sale of recreational marijuana to people over the age of 21, though it is still illegal under federal law. Voters legalized gay marriage in Maine and Maryland, marking the first time it has been legalized by popular vote. Also for the first time in its history, Puerto Rico voted in support of becoming the 51st state. That issue will now have to go before Congress.
    In Arkansas, voters narrowly defeated a ballot initiative that would have legalized medical marijuana. While most expert predicted the initiative would fail, they were surprised at the how narrowly it was defeated. The initiative received most of its support from the more heavily populated areas and some of the counties in the delta region, with more rural counties and regions showing strong opposition. Because of the strong showing of support for legalization, supporters have vowed to bring the issue before Arkansas voters again.
    Here in Cleburne County, some dynamic and often contentious races came to a close. Senator Missy Irvin handily defeated opponents Zac White and Paul White for the position of State Senate Position 19. In the House races, Josh Miller beat out Jeff Pistole for District 66 and John Payton defeated Dennis Knapp for District 64. For the position of County Judge, Jerry Holmes defeated Cleburne County Economic Developer Jim Jackson. In what proved one of the most watched and closest local races of the night, Sheriff Marty Moss narrowly defeated challenger Josh Johnston by less than 500 votes.
    Below is a complete list of the final results of all races and issues decided by Cleburne County voters:
    U.S. President
    Romney/Ryan - 8682
    Johnson/Gray - 196
    Stein/Honkala - 106
    Obama/Biden - 2617
    Lindsay/Osorio - 32
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    Jacob Holloway - 249
    Jessica Paxton - 315
    Scott Ellington - 2818
    Rick Crawford - 7954
    State Senate District 18
    Paul White - 1005
    Missy Irvin - 7553
    William "Zac" White - 2852
    State Rep District 64
    Dennis Knapp - 2102
    John Payton - 3118
    State Rep District 66
    Josh Miller - 4260
    Jeff Pistole - 1777
    County Judge
    Jerry Holmes -8781
    Jim Jackson - 2700
    County Sheriff
    Josh Johnston - 5527
    Marty Moss - 6023
    Circuit Clerk
    Karen Giles - 9608
    County Coroner
    Warren Olmstead - 5963
    Vickie Morgan - 5070
    J.P District 1
    Claude Dill - 302
    Gary Lynn Sutherland - 538
    J.P. District 4
    Grant Vannatter - 438
    Willie Stone -541
    Reta Heigle - 178
    J.P. District 5
    Pat McGary - 350
    Alan Malone - 585
    J.P. District 9
    Steve Choate - 661
    Paula Sporn - 508
    J.P. District 10
    Carol Ann Johnson - 502
    Jacque Patchell Martin - 704
    Constable - Giles
    David L. Bryant - 340
    Jerry D. Lee - 270
    Heber Alderman W1 P2
    Louis Short - 320
    Vicki Bittle Presley - 302
    Heber Alderman W2 P2
    Nick Adams - 300
    Kathy Bryan - 297
    Heber Alderman W4 P2
    Eddie Stepanek - 163
    Melisa Gardner - 346
    Jim Lay - 268
    Greers Ferry Alderman W1 P1
    Esther Taylor - 152
    Scott Hartsfield - 236
    Greers Ferry Alderman W2 P2
    Terry Thornton - 198
    Larry John Davis - 180
    Greers Ferry Alderman W3 P2
    Brent Hunt - 177
    Richard L Balmer, Jr - 58
    T.R. "Bob" Carr - 149
    Mayor-Higden
    Grady Brown - 59
    Issue 1 Sales Tax for Highways
    For - 5249
    Against - 5998
    Issue 2 Local Development Bonds
    For - 3794
    Against - 7136
    Issue 5 Medical Marijuana
    For - 4838
    Against - 6675

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