LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A circuit court judge has paved the way for Democrats in Stone County to vote on a nominee for sheriff. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody on Friday denied Republican nominee Russ Aiken's request for a temporary restraining order to block Tuesday's special election to resolve a tie in the Democratic primary.
Sheriff Todd Hudspeth and Lance Bonds tied in a three-way primary election, and each received 1,383 votes in the runoff. Gov. Mike Beebe scheduled the special election after Arkansas' Democratic Party requested it.
Aiken had argued that he would be the victim of an illegal election if Tuesday's balloting was allowed. Assistant Attorney General Scott Richardson, who represented Beebe, said Aiken wouldn't suffer irreparable harm.