Mar 6, 2024 - News

Trump, Womack secure GOP primary wins in Arkansas

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Former President Trump easily won the Republican presidential primary in Arkansas.

  • GOP voters in the state picked Trump as the party's presidential nominee by a huge margin. AP called the race just after 8pm.

Zoom in: Trump won 65.4% of the vote in Washington County and 68.4% in Benton County, according to unofficial results from the counties. Nikki Haley took 28.6% in Washington County and 25.6% in Benton County.

The other side: Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly backed President Biden. AP called that race soon after polls closed.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Womack fends off Penzo challenge

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Rogers bested state Sen. Clint Penzo with 55.4% of the vote for the GOP nomination in Arkansas' 3rd Congressional District.

Zoom in: Womack won 53.5% of the vote in Washington County and 51.2% in Benton County, according to unofficial results.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Here are unofficial down-ballot results from the Washington and Benton county election commissions.

City special elections

Centerton

  • Residents are on track to get a community center after voters approved a $26 million bond issue and continuing a 1% sales tax to pay for it. The issue passed with 63.7% of the vote.
  • Voters also approved refinancing $3.5 million in debt from 2017 bonds and refinancing bond issues for about $13.17 million for street improvements, $2.62 million for parks and $1.56 million for police.

Bella Vista

  • Voters approved a property tax increase of 0.5 mill for police pensions with 57.7% of the vote. A mill is equal to $1 in taxes per every $1,000 of assessed value.

Avoca

  • Fire and rescue annual dues will increase from $50 to $125 for each residence and business after voters approved the measure with 50.4% of the vote.

State representatives

Nick Burkes is the District 14 Republican nominee after Burkes defeated Joshua Hagan with 57.6% of the vote. District 14 includes parts of Centerton and Bentonville.

Stephanie Funk is the District 15 Democratic nominee with about 87% of the vote, beating out Erin Lee Underhill. District 15 includes some of Lowell and Cave Springs.

Randy Torres is the District 17 Republican nominee, taking 64.9% of the vote over Jeremey Criner. District 17 includes part of western Benton County, including Siloam Springs and Gentry.

Benton County justices of the peace

Incumbent Jeff Dunn is the District 1 Republican nominee, defeating Michael McCaskey with 52.6% of the vote.

Voters elected Joel Jones as the District 8 Republican nominee over Lisa Richards with 51.9% of the vote.

John Good Rissler won over Caroline Geer for the District 12 Republican nomination with 60.7% of the vote.

Joel Edwards secured the District 15 Republican nomination, defeating Andrew Sova with 66.2% of the vote.

Washington County constables

Tom G. Clowers is the District 1 Republican nominee after collecting 62.5% of the vote against John-David Duggar.

Kyle Woodruff is the District 3 GOP nominee, taking about 70% of the vote.

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