Election results were posted Tuesday night at the Cape Girardeau County Administration Building. Photo by Jay Forness
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Hovis, Miller, Tracy and Welker win primary races

by Gregory Dullum ~ Editor

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters turned out in Cape Girardeau County to participate in the primary election Tuesday.

Barry Hovis defeated Tony LaForest 4,983 votes (70.59 percent) to 2,076 votes (29.41 percent) to become Republican candidate for state representative in Dist. 146 (Jackson). He will face Democrat Gayla Dace in November. Dace ran unopposed in the primary.

Many of the Republican candidates have no Democrat opponent, so unless they are overwhelmed by a write-in candidate in November’s general election, they will take office next January.

Frank Miller will be the new associate circuit judge, Div. 3, replacing the retiring Judge Gary Kamp. Miller garnered 6,935 votes (61.5 percent), compared to Brandon Cooper’s 4,341 votes (38.5 percent).

Incumbent Clint Tracy beat out challenger Jo Wayne (JW) Strack for the position of Cape County presiding commissioner, collecting 7,077 votes (62.4 percent) compared to Strack’s 4,264 votes (37.6 percent).

The new Cape County prosecuting attorney will be Mark J. Welker, who received 8,572 votes (76.11 percent). His opponent, William H.M. Bryant, garnered 2,691 votes (23.89 percent). Welker replaces Chris Limbaugh, who resigned to take a position as general counsel to the governor.

Leonard Fritz Sander will be the new Byrd 2 Republican committeeman, having received 340 votes (68.97 percent), while T. Robin Cole III received 151 votes (30.63 percent).

Michael Masterson defeated Walter Wildman for the Democrat Ward 6 Cape Girardeau committeeman 144 votes (57.14 percent) to 103 votes (40.87 percent).

Gordonville Question 1 was defeated 112 votes (74.67 percent) to 38 votes (25.33 percent), and Gordonville Question 2 was approved 87 votes (58 percent) to 63 votes (42 percent).

In statewide races, Prop A (the “Right to Work”) was soundly defeated  937,241 (67.461 percent) to 452,075 votes (32.539 percent).

Josh Hawley soundly defeated 10 other candidates to become the Republican candidate for U.S. senator. He will face Claire McCaskill in November. Hawley received 389,006 votes (58.625 percent). The closest competitor was Tony Monetti with 64,718 votes (9.753 percent).

McCaskill easily beat out her six Democratic opponents. She collected 500,162 votes (82.603 percent). Her closest opponent was Carla (Coffee) Wright, who garnered 40,971 votes (6.766 percent).

It was a close race for state auditor on the Republican ticket. Saundra McDowell came out on top with 192,814 votes (32.587 percent). She edged out David Wasinger, who had 156,071 votes (26.715 percent) and Kevin M. Roach, who had 143,745 votes (24.294 percent). Paul Curtman came in last with a respectable 97,055 votes (16.403 percent). McDowell will face Democrat incumbent Nicole Galloway in November, along with candidates from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution parties.

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