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Mississippi County: Lucas wins only contested race

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

CHARLESTON - Martin Lucas, Democrat, will serve another term as second district county commissioner after winning the only contested county-level race in Mississippi County.

Lucas received 1,629 votes according to unofficial results and Republican Stanley Hubbard pulled in 850.

All other county-level races were decided in the August primary.

Mississippi County voters cast 4,378 votes for Democrat Keith Moore who was unopposed on the ballot for sheriff with the incumbent, Larry Turley, not seeking re-election.

"A.J. Groves got more write-in votes than he did in the primary," said County Clerk Junior DeLay. A total of 143 write-in votes were cast for sheriff.

Overall, the count went slowly due to "sorting write-ins and overvotes," DeLay said, with the unofficial results not being available until about 11:20 p.m. An overvote is where two candidates are marked for a single race. In some cases, election judges are able to determine voter intent and create a duplicate ballot.

In this race, 78 duplicates were made and 85 overvotes recorded. The 586 write-in vote totals were not available at press time and are being counted today. Of those, 212 were cast for county surveyor which had no declared candidates.

With 57.39 percent of registered voters casting ballots in this election, DeLay said voter turnout was "very good" but "not a record." He recalled around 65 percent voted in one of President Ronald Reagan's two races.

A total of 5,355 ballots were cast. DeLay said this was among the highest number of votes cast in the county. He also pointed out the number of registered voters may be inflated somewhat and that the county's population is not as high as it used to be.

In other Mississippi County election results:

* Voters in East Prairie approved their city transportation sales tax of one-half of 1 percent 517 to 481.

* Unopposed Mississippi County incumbents, all Democrats, received votes as follows: Homer D. Oliver, first district county commissioner, 2,229; W.R. "Bill" Thompson, assessor, 4,085; and Terry Parker, coroner, 4,475.

Also unopposed was Richard T. "Rick" Reed in a bid for public administrator. He received 4,401 votes.

* Lanie Black got 3,711 votes for another term as state representative in the 161st District. His challenger, Democrat Curtis Burch, received 1,556 votes.

* In the race for the 27th District state senator seat, Republican Jason G. Crowell brought in the most Mississippi County votes at 2,461. Next in line was Democrat Donnie Owens who received 2,452 votes followed by Libertarian Chris Morrill's 73.

* Incumbent Jo Ann Emerson, Republican, received plenty of support from Mississippi County voters in her race for another term as U.S. representative, 8th District, bringing in 3,575 votes. Coming in second in the county was Dean Henderson, Democrat, with 1,635; followed by Leonard J. Davidson, Constitution Party, with 27 and Stan Cuff, Libertarian, with 14 votes.

* Incumbent Christopher "Kit" Bond, Republican got 2,937 votes from Mississippi County voters for another U.S. senator term followed by Nancy Farmer, Democrat, with 2,287; Kevin Tull, Libertarian, with 17; and Don Griffin of the Constitution Party with 16.

* In the race for governor, Mississippi County voters cast 2,645 votes for Democrat Claire McCaskill. She was followed closely by Republican Matt Blunt with 2,558. Libertarian John M. Swenson brought in 32; and Robert Wells, Constitution Party, received 23 votes.

The incumbent, Bob Holden, was defeated in the primary election.

* For lieutenant governor, the county narrowly picked Rebecca McDowell "Bekki" Cook, Democrat, with 2,583 votes over Peter Kinder, Republican, with 2,519. Mike Ferguson, Libertarian, came in third among Mississippi County voters with 58 followed by Bruce Hillis from the Constitution Party with 3.

* In the race for secretary of state, Robin Carnahan, Democrat, got 2,707 Mississippi County votes; Catherine L. Hanaway, Republican, brought in 2,349; Christopher Davis, Libertarian, netted 77; and Donna Ivanovich, Constitution, got 36 votes.

* The most votes for state treasurer in the county went to Democrat Mark Powell, who received 2,614 followed by Republican Sarah Steelman with 1,993; Libertarian Lisa J. Emerson, 408; and Constitution Party candidate Chris Fluharty, 30.

* The incumbent attorney general, Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon, a Democrat, did well in Mississippi County in his bid for another term bringing in 3,307 votes followed by Republican Chris Byrd's 1,663 votes; David R. Browning, Libertarian, with 91; and David Fry of the Constitution Party with 38.

* Mississippi County voters cast 3,519 "yes" votes and 1,090 "no" votes for proposed constitutional amendment number 3 which would amend the Missouri Constitution to require all revenues from the existing motor vehicle fuel tax, less collection costs, to be used only for state and local highways, roads and bridges as well as requiring all vehicle taxes and fees paid by highway users to be used only for constructing and maintaining the state highway system, excepting collection costs and that half of such vehicle taxes and fees, phased in over four years, will go into a state road bond fund to repay state highway bonds.

* For the retention of judges for new terms, Mississippi County voters cast 2,590 ballots in favor of keeping Richard B. Teitelman on the Missouri Supreme Court and 1,617 votes against; 2,807 votes for John E. Parrish to serve another term on the Southern District Court of Appeals and 1,319 votes not in favor of keeping him; James K. Prewitt got 2,742 votes to keep him on the Southern District Court of Appeals and 1,364 not in favor of another term; and Kenneth W. Shrum received 2,850 yes votes and 1,292 no votes in his bid for another term on the Southern District Court of Appeals.

Their terms expire Dec. 31.

* Bush and Cheney were the favored ticket in Mississippi County with 2,903 votes to Kerry and Edwards' 2,374. Badnarik and Campagna got 12 votes, Peroutka and Baldwin got five votes, and write-in candidates got five votes.