Strong turnout in primaries, run-off elections to ensue

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two run-off elections to take place in the Senate District 21 seat after no candidates on either side managed to obtain over 50% of the vote.

On the Democratic side, Radius Baker came in with 44.79% of the total vote. He'll face off with Steve Rockwell, who obtained 39.54% of the Democratic vote. Ray Kidd obtained 8.56% of the total vote and Gene Roebuck had 7.11% of the vote.

It was a much tighter race on the Republican side. John Copper will face off with Dan Sullivan. They were three votes apart. Cooper obtained 36.15% of the vote. Sullivan came in with 36.05%. Chad Niell received 27.78% of the vote.

The run-off election for both parties will be held November 12.

Another interesting aspect from the primary elections was that 800 more people came out to vote in the Republican election.

Their higher turnout might be seen as a possible shift in how the district has voted, given the seat was held by Democratic State Senator Paul Bookout.

Throughout the night, ballot counting went very smoothly. The polls closed at 7:30 and early and absentee votes were given shortly thereafter.

An update, with 13 of the 21 precincts reporting, was given a little over an hour after that and around 9pm, the unofficial final numbers were announced.

The election, as a whole, saw a large turnout with 5,680 people voting.

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